NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN)
The NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) is a ground breaking collaboration 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 14 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.
NSW Rising Star Cardiovascular Research Leaders
CVRN’s member institutions are acutely aware of the need to foster and support our early and mid career researchers (ECRs/MCRs) in the related disciplines of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and renal disease, particularly in the highly competitive and difficult world of survival through research grants. We have therefore created a unique new interdisciplinary and cross-institutional forum where ECRs and MCRs can meet and develop mutually beneficial collaborations, share information and develop relationships which otherwise may be inaccessible to them.
CVRN launched this new branch on 28 July 2014. More details on the event can be found here
If you are an ECR or MCR of one of our member organisations and feel you would like to become involved, please contact us at email@example.com
CVRN ‘State of the Heart 2014’ Showcase
The 5th Annual CVRN ‘State of the Heart’ Showcase and Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday 28 October 2014 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
The Showcase rewards our State’s most outstanding 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 Geraldine Doogue from ABC Radio National.
A newsletter for this year’s Showcase will be available shortly.
Read more about State of the Heart 2013
2014 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 State’s most gifted senior researchers and clinicians in cardiovascular disease. The award is presented by the Minister at the annual Showcase.
Past Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence Winners:
2014 Professor Carol Pollock
2013 Professor Richard Harvey
Carol Pollock has an international reputation, with over 240 publications (H index 47; Citation index 6729 since 2009); is recognised with a Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research Supervision and as a ‘Distinguished Professor’ by the University of Sydney. She is consistently invited to deliver lectures nationally and internationally and was Scientific Chairman of the 2013 World Congress of Nephrology. Health leadership roles include inaugural Chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, immediate past Chair of the Clinical Excellence Commission (remaining as a director of both organisations), current Chair of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board and Chair of our own CVRN. She will take up a role as Director of Kidney Health Australia in 2015.
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.
2014 Ministerial Award for Rising Stars in Cardiovascular Research
This year, CVRN launched an exciting new initiative to support early and mid career researchers (ECRs and MCRs) in building their cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary research networks. The new ‘Ministerial Award for Rising Stars in Cardiovascular Research’ has been developed by The Hon. Jillian Skinner, in conjunction with the NSW CVRN and acknowledges an outstanding ECR/MCR in NSW. The award is presented by the Minister at the annual Showcase.
Past Ministerial Award for Rising Stars in Cardiovascular Research Winners:
2014 Dr James Chong
Dr James Chong MBBS, FRACP, PhD is a Consultant Cardiologist at Westmead hospital and leads a research group at the University of Sydney School of Medicine/Westmead Millennium Institute. His clinical cardiology focus is on Interventional Cardiology. His research aims to translate findings from the field of Cardiac Regeneration into viable clinical therapies for patients with heart failure. Dr Chong trained in cardiology at Westmead Hospital before completing a PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute under the mentorship of Prof Richard Harvey. This doctoral training in cardiac development and stem cell biology focused on a previously unidentified population of adult cardiac stem cells. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship and a NHMRC Biomedical Training fellowship he undertook post-doctoral training at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA with Prof Charles (Chuck) Murry. During this period he extended his interests in translational cardiac regeneration to include the use of pluripotent stem cells in small and large animal models of myocardial infarction.
NSW CVRN Research Development Project Grant
Applications for 2014 are now closed.
Past Grant Recipients:
Research Development Project Grants
2014 – Dr James Chong, Activation and rejuvenation of endogenous cardiac stem cells
2014 – A/Prof Meg Jardine, Defining treatment gaps in cardiovascular prevention in diabetes and kidney disease: EXTEND45
2014 – Dr Kwok Leung Ong, The relationship of fibroblast growth factor 21 with heart disease and its risk factors
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
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