The human body relies on the cardiovascular system to transport blood, oxygen, nutrients and hormones to and from the body’s cells. It does this through a number of components including the heart, lungs, arteries, veins as well as coronary and portal vessels. This essential function is put at risk as a result of heart disease and disorders.
Heart disease remains a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Coronary heart disease (consisting of heart attack and angina) is the most common type of heart disease and accounts for the majority of deaths and hospitalisations in Australia.
Theme Leader: Dr Kelley Foster
WMR collaborates with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other health professionals at UnitingCare Health across several sub-specialties to improve the lives of patients with heart disease and disorders through clinical research conducted within the following areas:
- Cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedures and radiation metrics
- Cardiac imaging
- Diagnostic cardiology
- Interventional cardiology (percutaneous coronary intervention)
- Electrophysiology and implantable cardiac devices
- Cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve repair and replacement)
- Cardiac rehabilitation
To read about intensive care research, please see Infections and Critical Illness
For research investigating cerebrovascular disorders such as stroke, please visit Neuroscience
Announcement of award recipients from the February 2016 support application round!
- Dr Aaron Conway and team for their research in “Optimising the clinical application of capnography for monitoring ventilation of sedated patients in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory”.
- Dr Tony Rafter and team for research into “Radiation risk during cardiac catheter procedure: does individualised feedback reduce radiation usage without compromising procedural success?”.
Current Research Projects
- Mitral Valve Repair 1991 to 2006 – Dr M Gardner and SAMI-Net Mitral Valve Repair Data Registry [Chief Investigator: Dr Michael Gardner]
- Assessing the safety and efficacy of anti-fibrinolytic drugs [Chief Investigator: Prof John Fraser]
- The Return of the Normal Heart – An MRI analysis of resolution of cardiac amyloidosis after chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation [Chief Investigator: Dr Ben Fitzgerald]
- Monitoring and improvement of short to medium term outcomes following cardiac interventional, electrophysiology and device implant procedures [Chief Investigator: Dr James Cameron]
- Prediction of major adverse cardiac events in non-cardiac surgical patients by B-type natriuretic peptide and the Revised Cardiac Risk Index [Chief Investigator: Dr James Cameron]
- Feasibility, safety, adherence and efficacy of high intensity interval training in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation. Is it superior for patient outcomes? [Chief Investigator: Ms Jenna Kirchner]
- Optimising the clinical application of capnography for monitoring ventilation of sedated patients in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory [Chief Investigator: Dr Aaron Conway]
- Radiation risk during cardiac catheter procedure: does individualised feedback reduce radiation usage without compromising procedural success? [Chief Investigator: Dr Tony Rafter]
- MediGuide Registry: [Chief Investigator: Dr John Hayes]
- INGEVITY™ Active Fixation and Passive Fixation Pace/ Sense Lead Clinical Study [Chief Investigator: Dr John Hayes]
– Dr James Cameron
– Dr Aaron Conway
– Dr Ben Fitzgerald
– Prof John Fraser
– Dr Michael Gardner
– Dr John Hayes
– Ms Jenna Kirchner
– Dr Tony Rafter
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