The NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) is a ground breaking collaborative that has brought the state’s most eminent researchers together for the first time.
The Heart Foundation has facilitated the establishment of the NSW CVRN, with the support of the NSW Department of Health.
Combining expertise in the fields of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, the CVRN promises to deliver results that will improve health outcomes for patients as well as reduce the financial burden that cardiovascular disease places on our health system.
Despite being the most populous state in the country, NSW is consistently under-represented in the number of research grants that are awarded in the cardiovascular research area.
CVRN currently comprises of 15 umbrella member organisations and over 50 affiliated research institutions who actively participate in the Network with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and commitment to cardiovascular research and supporting the research workforce in NSW. More and more researchers are coming on board as they become aware of the Network and its potential and power through leverage and interaction.
CVRN ‘State of the Heart 2013’ Showcase
The Heart Foundation’s prestigious CVRN Showcase rewards our States most eminent researchers and highlights the successes that can be achieved in research when institutions work collaboratively.
The event was hosted by NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP and facilitated by Robyn Williams presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio National.
Read more about the event here.
Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence
The Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence is an esteemed award developed by the NSW Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research, the Hon Jillian Skinner, in conjunction with the NSW CVRN. This award recognises and celebrates the dedication and achievements of one of the states most gifted senior researchers and clinicians in cardiovascular disease and will be presented by the Minister at the Showcase.
Past Ministerial Award Winners:
2013 Professor Richard Harvey
Professor Richard Harvey received his PhD in 1982 from the University of Adelaide, training in molecular biology. He undertook postdoctoral studies in embryology at Harvard University, and then moved to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, establishing an independent group. In 1998, he relocated to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, where he is currently Co-Deputy Director and Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division. He holds the endowed Sir Peter Finley Professorship of Heart Research at UNSW and an NHMRC Australia Fellowship, and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and EMBO. His research has focused on the genetic basis of heart development and congenital heart disease, and more recently on the biology and origins of adult cardiac stem cells, and cardiac regeneration.
2012 Professor David Celermajer
Professor Celermajer is Scandrett Professor of Cardiology and Head of Discipline of Cardiology, University of Sydney; Director of Echocardiography and Academic Cardiologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Director of Adult Congenital Heart Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Clinical Director, The Heart Research Institute, Sydney.
Prof Celermajer has extensive experience in research in cellular/molecular biology; animal models of heart disease; clinical research; clinical trials; public health research; developing world research.
Active research collaborations in England, Finland, France, India, China, Indonesia and Africa and has made over 100 invited international presentations given to learned societies worldwide.
2011 Professor John Chalmers AC
John Chalmers is an international authority on hypertension and cardiovascular diseases and a leading clinical trialist. He is Senior Director at The George Institute, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Consultant Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant
Applications for the 2013 round are now closed.
Past Grant Recipients:
Research Development Project Grants
2013 - Dr Neil Spratt, Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA)
2013 - Prof Adrian Bauman, Improving outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease in the NSW community
2012 - Dr Julie Redfern, Living with acute coronary syndrome: What happens to people in the year after a serious heart event in NSW
2012 - Prof Peter Macdonald, Measurement of treatment and outcomes for patients admitted to hospital with acute heart failure across NSW and ACT
2011 – Prof John Chalmers, The CVRN 45 and Up Cardiovascular Research
2011 – Prof David Celermajer, Congenital and Inherited Heart Diseases – Towards a Comprehensive Life Management Plan
Life Science Research Fellowship
- 2012 – A/Prof Cameron Holloway, Investigation of HIV related heart disease using advanced imaging
- 2011 – Dr Sally Inglis, Improving outcomes for Australians with chronic cardiovascular disease: focusing on peripheral arterial disease
- 2010 – Dr Ravinay Bhindi, Coronary artery bypass vein graft disease: in vivo characterisation and myocardial protection with remote ischaemic preconditioning (rIPC)
Career Development Fellowship
- 2011 – A/Prof Vlado Perkovic, Preventing the cardiovascular complications of kidney disease
For membership enquiries, further information about CVRN or to make a donation, please email us.