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Research Award Recipients 2018



Research Award Recipients 2018

Projects awarded in 2018, commencing research in 2019

Find all of the Heart Foundation Grant Recipients and their projects awarded in 2018, commencing research projects in 2019.

For any enquiries, please contact the Research Program team at [email protected]

Research Grants Listing

Institution First Name Last Name  Funded Amount Scientific Title Duration (Years) State
University of Adelaide Alison Care $520,000 Immune cells in preeclampsia – a target for cardiovascular disease prevention? 4.0 SA
University of Sydney Melanie White $640,000 Determining the molecular basis for diminished myocardial recovery following ischemia / reperfusion injury in type 2 diabetes mellitus. 4.0 NSW
Australian National University Yuerui Lu $468,000 High-throughput Cardiovascular 3D Imaging by Ultra-thin, Focus-tunable and High-speed Micro-lens Arrays 4.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Andre La Gerche $640,000 Utility of novel exercise imaging to identify sub-clinical cardiovascular disease 4.0 VIC
Monash University Connie Wong $20,000 Novel strategies to improve stroke outcome 1.5 VIC
Deakin University Gary Sacks $640,000 Policies for creating healthier food environments: increasing evidence and accountability for action 4.0 VIC
Monash University Gonzalo del Monte Nieto $520,000 New Integrated Models in the Study of Cardiac Development and Disease. 4.0 VIC
University of New South Wales Jacqui Webster $640,000 Strengthening advocacy and research impact to improve food and health policy 4.0 NSW
Flinders University Jeroen Hendriks $520,000 Integrated Care Management for patients with Atrial Fibrillation: the iCARE-AF Trial 4.0 SA
University of Western Australia Judith Katzenellenbogen $640,000 Take Heart: Strengthening evidence to support comprehensive action in Indigenous heart disease and stroke around Australia 4.0 WA
Deakin University Kathryn Backholer $520,000 Building the evidence for effective and equitable pricing policies that improve cardiovascular health, for all Australians 4.0 VIC
Monash University Matthew Pase $520,000 Vascular contributions to dementia 4.0 VIC
Monash University Natasha Lannin $640,000 Conducting efficacy and implementation trials to improve the evidence-base of stroke rehabilitation to improve participation outcomes. 4.0 VIC
University of Adelaide Peter Psaltis $393,362 New approaches to target plaque inflammation in atherosclerosis 4.0 SA
University of New South Wales Rohina Joshi $640,000 Strengthening the health workforce for cardiovascular disease prevention and control 4.0 NSW
University of Tasmania Seana Gall $552,000 Improving the prevention and management of stroke 4.0 TAS
Monash University Shaun Gregory $520,000 Development and pre-clinical evaluation of strategies to reduce postoperative bleeding, infection and arrhythmias with left ventricular assist devices 4.0 QLD
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Yung-Chih Chen $520,000 Therapeutic Profiling of Atherosclerosis: Identifying and Testing Targets Specific for Plaque Instability 4.0 VIC

Institution First Name Last Name Funded Amount Scientific Title Duration (Years) State
Monash University Adam Brown $96,798 Validation and Effect of Low Endothelial Shear Stress on Coronary Atherosclerosis 4.0 VIC
University of South Australia Dorothea Dumuid $183,596 Optimisation of daily activity behaviours to inform interventions for cardiovascular health 4.0 SA
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute James McFadyen $194,236 Developing novel anti-thrombotic/anti-in􀂢ammatory nanoparticles for the treatment of cardiac ischaemia reperfusion injury - with emphasis on the diabetic heart 4.0 VIC
University of Adelaide Li Jiawen $150,000 Miniaturised multimodal intravascular catheter for in vivo longitudinal studies of high-risk plaques—simultaneous near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) molecular imaging and optical coherence tomography (OCT) microstructural imaging 2.0 SA
Deakin University Rebecca Leech $150,000 Eating in context: A multilevel approach to understanding eating patterns and their role in cardiovascular health 2.0 VIC
Deakin University Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam $150,000 Smart Home system for promoting healthy lifestyle and self-management in patients with Heart Failure (SHIFT-HF): A pilot randomized trial 2.0 VIC
University of New South Wales Xia Wang $150,000 Generating new evidence to better guide stroke management 2.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Aleksandr Voskoboinik $150,000 Determining the impact of alcohol abstinence on atrial fibrillation (AF) and other cardiovascular outcomes following AF ablation (ABSTAIN-PVI multi-centre randomised controlled trial) 2.0 VIC
University of New South Wales Candice Delcourt $90,000 Improve stroke care in regional and rural Australia by creating pathways to enhance the diagnosis and management of patients with transient neurological symptoms and acute stroke, and build collaboration between local practitioners, regional and rural hospitals and stroke specialists. 2.0 NSW
University of Adelaide Cher-Rin Chong $163,596 Novel strategy to prevent cardiac complications in Type 2 diabetes: the role of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 inhibition 4.0 SA
University of Adelaide Christopher Wong $150,000 Characterising the effects of sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibition on adiposity, cardiometabolic health, and outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation 2.0 SA
The University of Queensland Danielle Kamato $163,596 Discovery and exploitation of a plausible biological mechanism linking periodontitis and cardiovascular disease 4.0 QLD
Australian National University Ellie Paige $150,000 Improving cardiovascular disease prevention through policy-relevant evidence 3.3 ACT
University of Sydney Karice Hyun $150,000 The effect of high-dose influenza vaccination on the prevention of cardiovascular events 2.0 NSW
University of New South Wales Kathy Trieu $163,596 Population-level strategies to achieve optimal intake of sodium and potassium for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases in Australia 4.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Laura Bienvenu $150,000 Activated-platelet targeted drug therapy – novel sex-specific approaches to thrombolysis 2.0 VIC
Deakin University Lewan Parker $163,596 Exercise intolerance and impaired glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes patients with heart failure: Identifying microvascular dysfunction as an underlying mechanism. 4.0 VIC
Monash University Nitesh Nerlekar $150,000 Pericoronary Adipose Tissue Attenutation and the Association with Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque Presence, Progression and Vulnerability. 2.0 VIC
The University of Newcastle Rebecca Wyse $105,000 Using online canteen ordering systems to reduce dietary risks for Cardiovascular Disease: The effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of web-embedded consumer behaviour interventions. 2.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Sandeep Prabhu $150,000 Catheter Ablation versus Medical Rate Control of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure and Myocardial Fibrosis – An MRI Guided Multi-Centre Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial (The CAMERA-MRI II Study) 2.0 VIC
University of Sydney Stephanie Partridge $163,596 Promoting healthy lifestyles for prevention of obesity in adolescents using a text message support program 4.0 NSW
Western Sydney University Caleb Ferguson $150,000 INFORM - AF :  An mHealth intervention to promote self-care for individuals with atrial fibrillation 2.0 NSW

Institution First Name Last Name Funded Amount Scientific Title Duration (Year) State
University of Western Australia Andrew Haynes $75,000 Developmental Origins of Adult Myocardial Structure and Function: Heart Health and the Raine Cohort 1.0 WA
University of Western Australia Cara Winnall $75,000 The UtiLitY of cardiac myosin binding protein C in the Early triage of low risk patients with Suspected acute coronary syndromes (ULYCES) 1.0 WA
University of Western Australia Frank Sanfilippo $74,910 Inflammation as an independent risk factor of future cardiovascular events in the population 1.0 WA
Monash University Francine Marques $74,966 The use of dietary supplements which release high levels of gut metabolites to lower blood pressure: a phase IIa clinical trial 1.0 VIC
University of Sydney Helen McGuire $75,000 Precision Immune Profiling for Improved Coronary Artery Disease Risk Detection 1.0 NSW
University of Sydney Raj Puranik $74,920 Cardiac MRI and T1 Mapping for diagnosis of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy 1.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Andre La Gerche $75,000 Cardiac fibrosis in systemic sclerosis 1.0 VIC
Peninsula Health Ashley Webb $73,780 Reducing cardiovascular risk through smoking cessation before elective surgery. A randomized control trial of mailed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and behavioural support and relapse-prevention. 1.6 VIC
Australian Centre for Heart Health Barbara Murphy $70,000 Enhancing the uptake and acceptability of cardiac rehabilitation for women: development and piloting of a women-only CR program incorporating a 'female-friendly' exercise component 1.0 VIC
Monash University Barbora de Courten $74,960 Effect of Carnosine on Walking Endurance in Patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease 1.0 VIC
University of Sydney Camilla Hoyos $74,965 The effects of long term low-dose colchicine on cognition and brain health in patients with established coronary artery disease- A randomised-controlled study 1.0 NSW
University of Sydney Carissa Bonner $75,000 Development and randomised trial evaluation of an online consumer engagement tool for CVD risk assessment and management: A decision aid tailored to health literacy level 1.0 NSW
University of Adelaide Christopher Wong $75,000 Characterising the effects of sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibition on adiposity, cardiometabolic health, and outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation 1.0 SA
University of Sydney Clara Chow $75,000 Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Control on the Burden of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Non-permanent Atrial Fibrillation – Feasibility study 1.0 NSW
Monash University Dominique Cadilhac $75,000 Economic Evaluation of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit ambulance compared to standard ambulance services for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected stroke 1.0 VIC
University of New South Wales Emily Atkins $74,770 Dose administration aids for delivering low-dose combination blood pressure lowering therapy 1.0 NSW
Menzies School of Health Research Emma McMahon $73,877 Making healthy food choices the easy choice to reduce CVD risk for people in remote Indigenous communities: effectiveness of community nutrition reports to support store committees to create health-enabling stores 1.0 NT
National Ageing Research Institute Frances Batchelor $74,398 Evaulation of the CardiacRehabPlus model in improving outcomes for transient ischaemic attack/minor stroke and cardiac rehabilitation patients. 1.0 VIC
University of Sydney Gemma Figtree $75,000 Blockade of Orexin Signalling in Hypertension (The BOSH Study) 1.0 NSW
University of Western Australia Graham Hillis $85,000 A pilot study of aspirin combined with warfarin in patients with a left sided mechanical heart valve 1.1 NSW
Murdoch Children's Research Institute Igor Konstantinov $72,960 Targeted single nuclei RNA-sequencing for the prediction of heart transplantation rejection 1.0 VIC
Curtin University Judith Finn $75,000 Development of an empirical model for the strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations: improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. 1.0 VIC
University of Sydney Kazuaki Negishi $74,493 Diagnostic Ultrasound and t-PA for non-invasive treatment for ST-elevated myocardial infarction – the ADD-ON Trial Pilot Study 1.0 TAS
Australian National University Kim Greaves $75,000 Making better use of a GP software system to prevent cardiovascular disease:  evaluation of a potential surveillance system, and a pilot study to recall-and-treat high risk patients 1.0 QLD
University of Western Australia Markus Schlaich $75,000 The role of neuroinflammation in human hypertension 1.0 WA
Monash University Michael Cowley $75,000 Activation of the cold receptor system in overweight humans improves cardiovascular outcomes? 1.0 VIC
The University of Queensland Nicholas Gilson $74,829 Truck-Fit: Testing of a scalable high intensity interval training program for male long distance truck drivers with cardio-metabolic risks and conditions 1.0 QLD
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Nitesh Nerlekar $73,474 The Association between Pericoronary Adipose Tissue and Coronary Artery Disease presence, progression and vulnerability. 1.0 VIC
University of Sydney Rachael Cordina $74,591 FONTAN Personalised Exercise Prescription at yoUr Place (PEP-UP) Trial: A novel home-based exercise intervention to augment the peripheral muscle pump and improve peak exercise capacity in young people with a single ventricle 1.0 NSW
University of New South Wales Richard Day $74,087 Vascular effects of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor empagliflozin in people with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (Stage 3B/4) 1.0 NSW
Monash University Roger Evans $75,000 Feasibility of a clinical trial to prevent cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury 1.3 VIC
Deakin University Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam $73,767 Effectiveness of a wearable continuous blood pressure monitoring device with a care platform on hypertension control: A randomized controlled trial 1.0 VIC
Murdoch Children's Research Institute Siva Namachivayam $50,000 Early prophylactic peritoneal dialysis in infants after cardiac surgery: a randomised, open, two group trial 1.0 VIC
Melbourne Health Stephen Harrap $75,000 Real-time blood pressure measurement to detect initial orthostatic hypotension in patients hospitalised for syncope 1.0 VIC
University of Western Australia Trevor Mori $74,878 Aldosterone, cardio-metabolic profile and early life factors in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study 1.0 WA
James Cook University Jonathan Golledge $75,000 Metformin for treating peripheral artery disease-related walking impairment (MERIT) 1.0 QLD

Institution First Name Last Name Funded Amount Scientific Title Duration (Year) State
University of Sydney Benjamin Moore $90,000 Diagnoses, treatment and outcomes of atrial arrhythmias in complex adult congenital heart disease. 2.3 NSW
Monash University Renata Libianto $64,113 Primary Aldosteronism: Prevalence, Clinical Features, and Biomarkers 3.0 VIC
University of Sydney Christopher Wong $120,000 Translational applications of coronary physiology and computational fluid dynamics in the cardiac catheter laboratory 3.0 NSW
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute David Chieng $64,113 Catheter Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Multicentre, Prospective, Randomised Trial of Pulmonary Vein Isolation (PVI) vs PVI with Posterior Left Atrial Wall Isolation (PWI)- the CAPLA Study 3.0 VIC
University of Melbourne Samer Noaman $90,000 Project 1: Doxycycline as a cardioprotective agent in ST-elevation myocardial infarction administered pre-reperfusion. Project 2: Comprehensive assessment of coronary microcirculatory function in nonischaemic cardiac disease. 2.2 VIC
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Elizabeth Paratz $64,113 Utilization of novel genetic and forensic imaging techniques to improve case diagnosis in sudden cardiac death: a prospective study of Australians aged 35-50 years old 3.0 VIC
University of New South Wales Praveen Indraratna $48,147 Total Cardiac Care – a randomised controlled trial of a comprehensive smartphone application-centric model of care to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease 3.0 NSW

Institution First Name Last Name Funded Amount Scientific Title Duration (Year) State
The University of Newcastle Coralie English $5,000 Sit less, move more after stroke. An international perspective   NSW
Monash University Carol Hodgson $5,000 International Exchange in Acute Heart Failure during Critical Illness   VIC
University of Melbourne Anoop Koshy $5,000 Visit to Prof. Lai’s lab in University of California San Francisco   VIC
University of Sydney James Chong $5,000 Advancing translation for cardiac regeneration therapies   NSW
La Trobe University Maria Jelinic $5,000 Renal Inflammation in Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome   VIC

Last updated26 July 2023