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NSW Cardiovascular Research Network

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in NSW

The Heart Foundation has facilitated the establishment of the network with the support of the NSW Department of Health. A ground-breaking collaboration bringing together for the first time the state’s most eminent cardiovascular researchers.

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 and reduce the financial burden of cardiovascular disease 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 comprises 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 researchers are joining as they become aware of the network, its potential and power through leverage and interaction.

How to get involved

New CVRN Executive Committee

We had an incredibly impressive response to our call to join the new CVRN Executive from a wide range of CVRN members, in particular from our EMCR cohort.  This gave the Review Panel, composed of members of our outgoing Management Committee, a very difficult task. In deciding the composition of the Executive Committee, the Review Panel had to balance the expertise and experience of applicants with the requirements of the Executive Committee to be representative and inclusive of our network members.

We are delighted to announce the members of our new Executive Committee including:

  • Professor Andrew Boyle - Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Professor Bob Graham - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • A/Prof Sally Inglis - University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Kazuaki Negishi - University of Sydney
  • Professor Jamie Vandenburg - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • A/Prof Aaron Sverdlov - University of Newcastle
  • Dr Monique Francois - University of Wollongong
  • Dr Kathy Chapman - Heart Foundation

 
The Executive Committee represents a new era for CVRN and the Review Panel was very confident that the composition of the Committee was not only representative and inclusive of our Network but that each of the members would bring a complementary and unique set of skills, expertise and experience to this Committee and the network as a whole.

We would like to welcome the new Committee and look forward to their leadership in driving the strategic direction of the NSW CVRN for the benefit of the Network.

The first task of the Executive Committee will be to develop a Networking Event anticipated for April 2021 which will involve a seminar on COVID and the Heart.  We look forward to providing you with more details soon.

For more information

cvrn@heartfoundation.org.au or Sally McNeill, NSW CVRN Manager sally.mcneill@heartfoundation.org.au

New CVRN Rising Stars Sub-Committee

The Rising Stars Sub-Committee is a new CVRN Committee representing the interests of the EMCRs of the CVRN.

Sitting under the Executive Committee, the new Rising Stars Sub-Committee will guide the program of EMCR targeted capability and capacity building activities and provide advice to the Executive on these initiatives and any other EMCR related issues. 

The recent call to join the Committee was well subscribed and it was a difficult decision for the review committee to finalise the composition of the committee ensuring members were representative of our Umbrella Organisations and Network members, with research interests across the breadth of cardiovascular research and the translational pathway. 

We are very pleased to announce the 15-member strong Rising Stars Sub-Committee, Co-Chaired by Prof Jamie Vandenberg (CVRN Executive Committee) and Dr Zoe Clayton. The new committee is a great representation of career stages, research areas, skills and expertise of our EMCR members.

  • Alice Gibson - University of Sydney, Menzies Centre
  • Amanda Henry - University of NSW, Women's and Children’s Health 
  • Angelo Sabag - Western Sydney University, NICM Health Research Inst 
  • Arnold Ju - University of Sydney /Heart Reserch Inst., Biomed Engineering
  • Audrey Adji - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Inst., Mechanical Circulatory Support Lab 
  • Hayley Croft - University of Newcastle, Biomed Sci & Pharmacy 
  • Isabella Tan - Macquarie University, Medicine, Health and Human Science 
  • Jaesung Choi - Centenary Institute / UTS, Cardiovascular and Stroke Program 
  • Jamie Vandenberg - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Inst., Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Jessica Orchard - Centenary Institute, Atrial Fibrillation Screening Group 
  • Lucy Murtha - University of Newcastle, Medicine and Public Health 
  • Tu Nguyen - University of Sydney, Westmead Applied Research Centre
  • Wenbo Peng - University of Technology Sydney, Public Health 
  • Xia Wang - The George Institute, Neurological program 
  • Zoe Clayton - University of Sydney, Westmead Institute for Medical Research

2021 Professional Development Awards Announced 

The CVRN 2021 Professional Development Awards provide funding of up to $2000 per applicant to assist our EMCRs with costs to attend a research conference or participate in a professional development or training courses.

Aimed at supporting early and mid-career researchers working in the field of cardiovascular disease and related conditions, the NSW CVRN Professional Development Awards will enable researchers to disseminate their findings to the wider research community, enhance their professional skills and build professional networks.

We would like to congratulate 19 of our EMCR cohort who were successful in receiving a 2021 CVRN Professional Development Award. These CVRN members will use this funding to attend and present at national and international CVD research conferences or attend professional development courses including Leadership and Communication courses and professional training courses including statistical analysis, genetic epidemiology and introduction to ‘omics. 

Please see the list of successful recipients below:

  • Angelo Sabag - Western Sydney University 
  • Benjamin Hsu - University of NSW 
  • Celine Santiago - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
  • Chrishan Nalliah - Macquarie University 
  • Daniel Beard - University of Newcastle
  • Dhanya Ravindran - Westmead Institute for Medical Research 
  • Isabella Tan - Macquarie University 
  • Jeanette Villanueva - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
  • Jessica Maclean - Heart Research Institute
  • Jessica Orchard - Centenary Institute 
  • Jocelyne Mulangala - Centenary Institute 
  • Kirsten Coupland - University of Newcastle 
  • Liliana Laranjo -University of Sydney 
  • Md Hasnain - University of Newcastle 
  • Monique Bax - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
  • Peter Choi - Centenary Institute 
  • Sonali Gnanenthiran - George Institute for Global Health 
  • Stephanie Partridge - University of Sydney 
  • Tu Nguyen - Westmead Applied Research Centre 

Grants and awards  

Member institutions

 Umbrella OrganisationLocal Health District AreasNon-incorporated affiliated Institution
 
  • Heart Research Australia
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Royal North Shore Hospital
 
  • The Baird Institute
  
 
  • The Sax Institute
  
 
  • Centenary Institute
  
 
  • Macquarie University
 
  • Macquarie Private Hospital
 
  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Port Kembla Hospital
  • Shellharbour Hospital
  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
  • University of Wollongong
  • Wollongong Hospital
 
  • University of Technology, Sydney
 
  • North Shore Private Hospital
 
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
 
  • Heart Research Institute
  
 
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  
 
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Central Coast Local Health District
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District
  • Newcastle University
  • John Hunter Hospital
  • Hunter Stroke Services
  • Gosford Hospital
  • Wyong Public Hospital
 
  • The University of Sydney
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Western NSW Local Health District
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Northern NSW Local Health District
  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Balmain Hospital
  • Bathurst Base Hospital
  • Blacktown Hospital
  • Camden Hospital
  • Canterbury Hospital
  • Charles Perkins Centre
  • Concord Repatriation Hospital
  • Dubbo Base Hospital
  • Greenwich Hospital
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
  • Kolling Institute
  • Lismore Base Hospital
  • Manly Hospital
  • Mona Vale Hospital
  • Orange Base Hospital
  • Mt Druitt Hospital
  • Nepean Hospital
  • Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Ryde Hospital
  • St Joseph’s Hospital - Auburn
  • Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Westmead Hospital
 
  • University of NSW
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Western NSW Local Health District
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Northern NSW Local Health District
  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital
  • Centre for Vascular Research
  • Fairfield Hospital
  • Griffith Base Hospital
  • Liverpool Hospital
  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Royal Hospital for Women
  • St George Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Sutherland Hospital
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
  • Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
  • War Memorial Hospital – Waverley
 
  • Western Sydney University
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
 

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