Research funding

2018 Research Funding Offers

The Heart Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our research awards; in 2018 we are funding 84 individual awards to support Australia’s best and brightest researchers to investigate the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease, stroke and related conditions.

In 2018 the Heart Foundation received 348 applications; 24% of these were successful in gaining funding.

In 2018, the Heart Foundation has invested in 84 Australian researchers across:

  • 41 Fellowships
  • 7 Scholarships
  • 36 Project Grants

See below for the full list of successful applicants.

  • Future Leader Fellowships

    Future Leader Fellowships support cardiovascular researchers as they build their research capacity and become leaders of research groups.

    The Fellowships provide generous salary and project funding to facilitate high impact research outcomes.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Peter Psaltis

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Using anti-inflammatory approaches to treat hardened arteries and prevent heart disease.

    Professor Dominique Cadilhac

    Monash University

    VIC

    Improving the cost-effectiveness of care and outcomes of stroke.

    Dr Connie Wong

    Monash University

    VIC

    Novel strategies to improve stroke outcome

    Dr Yung-Chih Chen

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Testing Drug Targets for Atherosclerosis: Finding a Cure for Heart Attack

    Dr Alison Care

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Reducing cardiovascular disease by preventing preeclampsia

    Associate Professor Andre La Gerche

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Early detection of heart injury with novel exercise imaging

    Dr Gonzalo del Monte Nieto

    Monash University

    VIC

    New strategies to study the formation of the heart in embryos and heart disease causation in babies.

    Dr Shaun Gregory

    Monash University

    VIC

    Decreasing Complications with Mechanical Hearts

    Associate Professor Jacqui Webster

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Strengthening advocacy and research impact to improve food and health policy

    Associate Professor Natasha Lannin

    La Trobe University

    VIC

    Development and implementation of evidence-based stroke rehabilitation

    Associate Professor Yuerui Lu

    Australian National University

    ACT

    Next-generation High-throughput 3D Microscopy for Cardiovascular Imaging

    Dr Kathryn Backholer

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Food Pricing as a policy lever to improve cardiovascular health

    Dr Judith Katzenellenbogen

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Take heart: Building evidence to support the cardiovascular health of Indigenous Australians

    Associate Professor Gary Sacks

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Policies for creating healthier food environments: increasing evidence and accountability for action

    Dr Matthew Pase

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

    VIC

    Vascular contributions to dementia

    Dr Melanie White

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    How the diabetic heart is ‘primed’ to fail following cardiovascular stress

    Dr Jeroen Hendriks

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Specialized AF-Clinics for patients with Atrial Fibrillation: iCARE-AF Clinics

    Associate Professor Rohina Joshi

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Strengthening the health workforce for cardiovascular disease prevention and control

    Dr Seana Gall

    University of Tasmania

    TAS

    Improving the prevention and management of stroke

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Postdoctoral Fellowships encourage and support early-career cardiovascular researchers to develop research skills and independence.

    The Fellowships help researchers further their career as they become more competitive for future funding from a range of sources.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Christopher Wong

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    A new approach to weight loss and risk factor management in patients with atrial fibrillation

    Dr Adam Brown

    Monash University

    VIC

    Predicting rapid coronary heart disease progression through blood flow simulations

    Dr James McFadyen

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Developing new treatments to improve outcomes after heart attack

    Dr Nitesh Nerlekar

    Monash University

    VIC

    Measuring Fat Inflammation: A New Marker for Heart Disease

    Dr Cher-Rin Chong

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Novel strategy to prevent cardiac complications in Type 2 diabetes

    Ms Dorothea Dumuid

    University of South Australia

    SA

    Building your best day for cardiovascular health

    Ms Karice Hyun

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    High-dose influenza vaccination and prevention of cardiovascular events (INFLUENCE)

    Dr Lewan Parker

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Identifying microvascular dysfunction as a novel mechanism of poor health in heart failure patients.

    Dr Sandeep Prabhu

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Investigating the role of myocardial fibrosis in atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

    Dr Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Information technology supported Smart Home system for patients with Heart Failure.

    Dr Candice Delcourt

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Improving stroke care in regional and rural Australia

    Dr Aleksandr Voskoboinik

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Alcohol abstinence: effects on atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence & other cardiovascular outcomes

    Dr Jiawen Li

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    Molecular and microstructural imaging in arteries—a new tool to study and prevent heart attacks

    Dr Stephanie Partridge

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Prevention of obesity in young people using text messages

    Dr Danielle Kamato

    The University of Queensland

    QLD

    A novel link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease

    Dr Ellie Paige

    Australian National University

    ACT

    Improving cardiovascular disease prevention

    Dr Xia Wang

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Generating new evidence to better guide stroke management

    Miss Kathy Trieu

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Strategies to optimise sodium and potassium intake to lower blood pressure and cardiovascular risk

    Dr Rebecca Leech

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Understanding the role of eating patterns in cardiovascular health

    Dr Rebecca Wyse

    University of Newcastle

    NSW

    Using online canteen ordering systems to reduce dietary risks for Cardiovascular Disease

    Dr Laura Bienvenu

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Targeting platelets to break down blood clots - sex specific treatments

    Dr Caleb Ferguson

    Western Sydney University

    NSW

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  • Health Professional Scholarships

    Health Professional Scholarships support cardiovascular health professionals to undertake a PhD.

    The Scholarships encourage health professionals to become active in research while continuing their cardiovascular health practice.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Dr Elizabeth Paratz

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Optimizing the genetic and forensic analysis of sudden cardiac death

    Dr Christopher Wong

    The University of Sydney

    NSW

    Coronary physiology in the cardiac catheter laboratory

    Dr David Chieng

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    The role of left atrium wall catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation

    Dr Praveen Indraratna

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Total Cardiac Care - A randomised trial of a smartphone application and care model.

    Dr Samer Noaman

    University of Melbourne

    VIC

    Microcirculation in Ischaemic and Non-Ischaemic Heart Disease

    Dr Benjamin Moore

    The University of Sydney

    NSW

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    Dr Renata Libianto

    Monash University

    VIC

    High blood pressure caused by hormonal imbalance - how common is it, and how do we detect it?

  • Vanguard Grants

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Professor Graham Hillis

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    The Aspirin in Mechanical Heart Valves pilot trial

     

    Dr Francine Marques

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Food supplement as treatment for high blood pressure

    Professor Roger Evans

    Monash University

    VIC

    Prevention of kidney injury during open heart surgery

    Professor Jonathan Golledge

    James Cook University

    QLD

    Assessment of the efficacy of a novel treatment for blocked leg arteries

    Professor Igor Konstantinov

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Targeted single nuclei RNA-sequencing for the prediction of heart transplantation rejection

    Professor Gemma Figtree

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Blockade of Orexin Signalling in Hypertension (The BOSH Study)

    Dr Christopher Wong

    The University of Adelaide

    SA

    A new approach to weight loss and risk factor management in patients with atrial fibrillation

    Dr Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam

    Deakin University

    VIC

    Wearable blood pressure monitoring devices to improve blood pressure control.

    Dr Francesco Sanfilippo

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Can inflammation predict adverse cardiovascular events in the population

    Professor Clara Chow

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering for Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation

    Professor Dominique Cadilhac

    Monash University

    VIC

    Pre-hospital stroke care: Return on investment of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit ambulance

    Professor Michael Cowley

    Monash University

    VIC

    Activation of the cold receptor system in overweight humans improves cardiovascular outcomes?

    Associate Professor Kim Greaves

    Australian National University

    ACT

    A GP software system to monitor cardiovascular disease risk and improve treatment

    Associate Professor Barbora de Courten

    Monash University

    VIC

    Carnosine for Peripheral Vascular Disease

     

    Dr Kazuaki Negishi

    University of Tasmania

    TAS

    Diagnostic Ultrasound with contrast agent for non-invasive treatment for Heart Attack

    Dr Emily Atkins

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Dose administration aids for delivering low-dose combination blood pressure lowering therapy

    Dr Ashley Webb

    Peninsula Health

    VIC

    Stop for the op & stop for life

    Associate Professor Andre La Gerche

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Breathlessness in systemic sclerosis - quantifying the contribution of cardiac fibrosis

    Professor Markus Schlaich

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Inhibition of low grade inflammation in the brain to reduce blood pressure  

    Dr Frances Batchelor

    National Ageing Research Institute

    VIC

    CardiacRehabPlus: Innovation to improve outcomes for TIA and cardiac rehabilitation patients

    Professor Judith Finn

    Curtin University

    WA

    Strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations.

    Dr Siva Namachivayam

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    Peritoneal dialysis after cardiac surgery in children

    Professor Richard Day

    University of New South Wales

    NSW

    Vascular effects of empagliflozin in chronic kidney disease

    Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson

    The University of Queensland

    QLD

    Can a high intensity interval training program (Truck-Fit) improve the heart health of truck drivers

    Dr Rachael Cordina

    University of Sydney

    NSW

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    Dr Cara Winnall

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    The ULYCES Study

    Dr Nitesh Nerlekar

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    VIC

    Cardiac Fat and Coronary Artery Disease

    Dr Andy Haynes

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Does physical activity early in life have a lasting impact on heart size, function and health?

    Professor Trevor Mori

    University of Western Australia

    WA

    Aldosterone and the heart

    Associate Professor Raj Puranik

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Diabetic Cardiomyopathy and Cardiac MRI (DiCOM Study)

    Professor Stephen Harrap

    Melbourne Health

    VIC

    Better clinical evaluation of syncope

    Dr Emma McMahon

    Menzies School of Health Research

    NT

    Making healthy food choices the easy choice for people in remote Indigenous communities

    Dr Carissa Bonner

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Randomised trial of an online consumer engagement tool for CVD risk assessment and decision making

    Dr Helen McGuire

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Discovery of Novel Markers of Inflammation for Earlier Diagnosis of Heart Disease

    Dr Camilla Hoyos

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Colchicine and cognition in coronary artery disease.

    Dr Barbara Murphy

    Australian Centre for Heart Health

    VIC

    Enhancing the uptake and acceptability of cardiac rehabilitation for women

    Vanguard Grants give funding to test the feasibility of innovative concepts in public health or health services, including clinical service delivery. They are available to researchers for a concept study with the potential to improve cardiovascular health in the short term.

  • Partnership Engagement Grants

    Partnership Engagement Grants (PEG) enable researchers to partner with the Heart Foundation to apply for NHMRC, ARC and other funding, for large-scale cardiovascular research projects.

    Of the 2018 PEG applications the Heart Foundation has agreed to partner in five projects.

    Name

    Administering Institution

    State

    Award Title

    Professor Yves d'Udekem

    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    VIC

    A lifeline for single ventricle conditions

    Professor Sophia Zoungas

    Monash University

    VIC

    STAREE Life –Statins and lifestyle risk factors in older adults

    Professor Robyn Clark

    The Flinders University of South Australia

    SA

    The Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP) Project: A four step model of care and clinical pathway for the translation of cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention guidelines into practice for rural and remote patients.

    Dr Carissa Bonner

    University of Sydney

    NSW

    Implementing evidence-based guidelines and shared decision-making tools to improve cardiovascular disease prevention

    Professor Christopher Reid

    Curtin University

    WA

    Improving outcomes for people who receive heart values - a value-based care approach

Recognising Australia’s best and brightest heart health researchers

We are pleased to announce the awards for the year’s most outstanding and innovative applications.

Ross Hohnen Award for Research Excellence Vanguard Grants

This award recognises 2018’s most outstanding and innovative Vanguard Grant application. The recipient receives an additional $10,000 on top of the Grant.

The award recognises:

  • Clinical Professor Graham Hillis, University of Western Australia (WA)

Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award

This award recognises 2018’s most innovative successful Future Leader Fellowship and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications. The recipients receive an additional $20,000 on top of the Fellowship.

The award recognises:

Future Leader Fellowships

  • Dr Connie Wong, Monash University (VIC)
  • Associate Professor Yuerui Lu, Australian National University (ACT)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Ms Dorothea Dumuid, University of South Australia (SA)
  • Dr James McFadyen, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (VIC)

New $5 million stroke prevention grant

This one-off grant has been offered to researcher who have demonstrated their work as innovative, internationally significant research that would showcase Australia as a leader in stroke prevention.

Two Australian researchers will share a $5 million grant to develop ground-breaking research on the prevention of stroke.

The $5 million bequest will be shared by:

  • Professor Michael Good, from Griffith University, Queensland, to develop a stroke vaccine to prevent Streptococcal A infection which can result in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and result in RHD-related stroke. This research could lead to a simple childhood vaccine to dramatically reduce RHD related strokes.
  • Professor Sophia Zoungas, Monash University, Melbourne, to investigate the effectiveness of statins on older stroke patients (aged 70-plus) and to identify key stroke predictors and neurovascular changes in the brain structure in older age.

The funding has been made available through a generous bequest.

The grant is one of the largest single research grants offered by the Heart Foundation and is separate to the annual funding of research awards.