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Improving research translation to improve heart health

Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Institution: The University of Newcastle

2016 Future Leader Fellowship

Years funded: 2017-2021


Despite significant research investment, most cardiovascular disease prevention research has had little impact on health policy or practice. The poor alignment between research that is undertaken, and the information needs of policymakers and practitioners is a key impediment to research translation.

My research seeks to generate new knowledge to address key research impediments to the translation of community setting-based cardiovascular disease prevention research. Specifically, it aims to provide rigorous scientific evidence to address the two primary information needs of policy makers and practitioners, that is:
  1. To identify pragmatic interventions that are effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risks in the ‘real world’ and,
  2. To identify strategies to facilitate the population wide implementation of evidence-based cardiovascular disease prevention policies, practices, or programs.

The research program is built around a series of
  1. Cochrane systematic reviews, and
  2. randomised trials. Each proposed study involves partnerships between identified end-user organisations and academic institutions.

Each intervention tested as part of the research program has an identified infrastructure to enable rapid translation if found to be effective. The research program will generate research of fundamental scientific, policy and practice importance and enhance the impact of cardiovascular disease prevention research.

This project is co-funded with NHMRC - National Health and Medical Research Council.

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