Heart Foundation research on show in Hobart

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Around 100 people will attend a research showcase in Hobart featuring scientists from Menzies Institute for Medical Research explaining their projects funded by the Heart Foundation.

Monday 25 June 2.30–5.00pm (photo opportunity 3 pm)

Lecture theatre 2, Menzies Institute, 17 Liverpool Street Hobart

Available for interview: Graeme Lynch, CEO Heart Foundation Tas; Menzies researchers

The Heart Foundation is the largest non-government funder of cardiovascular research in Australia. This year they have channelled around $17 million towards the front-line fight against Australia’s single biggest killer, heart disease.

Heart Foundation Tasmania CEO Graeme Lynch said that the vast majority of funding for research comes from donations.

“As a big thank you to our local Tasmania donors we’ve organised a research showcase, where scientists who’ve received a Heart Foundation grant will give a brief talk on the work they’re doing. There is some stellar work being done on cardiovascular disease by Tasmanian researchers and it’s only fair that the people who helped to fund it get to hear about it first hand,” he said.

At the showcase, five Menzies’ researchers will explain various facets of their work, covering topics such as recent discoveries in the field of blood pressure measurement; how socioeconomic status and gender can determine the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease; and understanding the consequences of Australian children skipping breakfast.

“In Tasmania, we are fortunate to have a leading university and an incredible facility in the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. This means that the support we receive drives vital research right here in Tasmania,” said Mr Lynch.

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Download the speaker program here.

Media contact: Bruce Ransley – bruce.ransley@heartfoundation.org.au, 0419 710 083

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