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 34 member universities and research institutions and over 50 lead researchers 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 2012’ Showcase
The CVRN 2012 State of the Heart Showcase conference was a great success, researchers from across NSW came together for the Heart Foundation’s prestigious CVRN Showcase that rewards our states most eminent researchers and highlights the successes that can be achieved in research when institutions work collaboratively. Find out more about the event here.
Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence
Nominations will soon open for the Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence, 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:
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.
The nomination form for the 2012 Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence can be viewed here
*Note: This form will have some slight modifications for 2013. Nominations for the Ministerial Award will be opening soon.
NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant
The NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant
has been developed to stimulate, fund and support new collaborative research proposals (among NSW CVRN members) relevant to cardiovascular disease. This award is now closed for 2012.
Past Grant Recipients:
Research Development Project Grants
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
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.