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2019 Research Funding Offers

The Heart Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our research awards; in 2019 we are funding 67 individual awards to support Australia’s best and brightest researchers to investigate the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and related disorders.

The successful projects encompass biomedical, clinical, public health and health services. There were 479 applications, up from 420 in 2018; 56 per cent of successful applicants are women.

In 2019, the Heart Foundation has invested in 66 Australian researchers across:

  • 30 Fellowships
  • 6 Scholarships
  • 31 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

    Award Title

    Dr Chengxue Helena Qin

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Discovering and Delivering Novel Drugs for Cardiovascular Disease.

    Dr Erin Howden

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Exercise to prevent heart and vascular damage from cancer treatments

    Dr Kate Weeks

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Emerging drug targets for heart failure

    Associate Professor Adrian Cameron

    Deakin University

    Evidence to support healthy supermarket interventions

    Dr Joshua Lewis

    Edith Cowan University

    A change of heart: a novel tool to alter the course of cardiovascular disease

    Associate Professor Dennis Thiam Leong Wong

    Monash University

    Pericoronary fat attenuation index and coronary inflammation

    Dr Paul Lacaze

    Monash University

    Genetic protection against cardiovascular disease

    Dr Sarah Zaman

    Monash University

    Atherosclerotic Heart Disease in Women

    Professor Carol Hodgson

    Monash University

    Improving the quality of survival in patients with acute heart failure admitted to intensive care

    Dr Hang Ta

    The University of Queensland

    Smart nanomedicine for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases

    Dr Lining Ju

    University of Sydney

    Novel ‘Mechano-medicine’ combats deadly platelet clotting in diabetes.

    Dr Martin Schultz

    University of Tasmania

    Power to the treadmill: clinical exercise physiology to improve the detection of high blood pressure

    Associate Professor Sally Inglis

    University of Technology, Sydney

    Evaluating and improving outcomes for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

    Dr Esther Ooi

    University of Western Australia

    Closing residual "risk gap" in heart and metabolic diseases

    Associate Professor Hayley Christian

    University of Western Australia

    Improving young children’s physical activity to reduce obesity

  • 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

    Award Title

    Dr Stephanie Alley

    Central Queensland University

    Increasing physical activity in older adults using a personalised online program and social support

    Laura Alston

    Deakin University

    Reducing the burden of Cardiovascular diseases for Future Rural Dwelling Australians

    Dr Lauren Blekkenhorst

    Edith Cowan University

    Vegetable types and their bioactives: growing the evidence for cardiovascular health benefits

    Dr Cheryl Carcel

    University of New South Wales

    Closing inequities in cardiovascular health between Australian women and men

    Dr Revathy Carnagarin

    University of Western Australia

    The role of immune system in the causation of high blood pressure

    Dr Rachel Climie

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Vascular ageing and cardiometabolic disease in high-risk populations. 

    Dr Alice Grady

    The University of Newcastle

    Improving the health of pre-schoolers: simple childcare-based interventions delivered at scale.

    Dr Mohammadhossein Hassanshahi

    South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

    What role do local stem cells play in atherosclerosis? 

    Dr Saman Khalesi Taharoom

    Central Queensland University

    Reducing salt intake using personalised web-based advice to lower blood pressure 

    Dr Abdul Waheed Khan

    Monash University

    Understanding the gene environment interaction in diabetes associated atherosclerosis

    Dr Sam Liao

    Monash University

    Developing a rapid implantation technique for cardiovascular devices

    Dr Jonathan Rawstorn

    Deakin University

    Remotely supervised exercise training for heart failure

    Dr Qian Su University of Technology, Sydney Imaging Profiling Platform for Thrombotic Disease
    Dr Jing Tian University of Tasmania Predictors and cardiometabolic risk of obesity trajectories over a life period from childhood

    Dr Geoffrey Wong

    Melbourne Health

    Genetics of heart failure due to heart rhythm disorders

    Dr Xiaoyue Xu

    University of Technology, Sydney

    Diet and nutrition in older women with atrial fibrillation

  • 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

    Award Title

    Dr Hashrul Rashid

    Monash University

    Hypoattenuated Leaflet Thickening and Leaflet Thrombosis following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

    Dr Angela Xun Nan Chen

    Flinders University

    Understanding the adverse cardio-metabolic effects of glucocorticoids – the clinical and biological determinants

    Dr Chee Loong Chow

    University of Melbourne

    HISPACE: A Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing His-Bundle Pacing with Conventional Dual Chamber Pacemakers 

    Laura Yeates

    University of Sydney

    Caring for families affected by sudden cardiac death of a young relative (<35 years) due to genetic heart disease

    Dr Jonathan Sen

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Identification and Management of Age-related Myocardial Phenotypes in Aortic Stenosis and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

  • Vanguard Grants

    Name

    Administering Institution

    Award Title

    Professor John Atherton

    Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation

    Screening and Monitoring for Cardiac Dysfunction using Echocardiography and Novice Healthcare Staff

    Dr Susann Beier

    University of New South Wales

    Optimization of Bifurcation Stenting

    Associate Professor Janet Bray

    Monash University

    Identifying strategies to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest 

    Associate Professor Duncan Campbell

    St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research

    Improving prevention of cardiovascular disease

    Associate Professor James Chong

    University of Sydney

    Tropoelastin: a new treatment to decrease cardiac scar rigidity and prevent heart failure 

    Professor Clara Chow

    University of Sydney

    Can we mass screen for AF among those aged over 75 in Australia?  

    Professor Robyn Clark

    Flinders University

    Standardised ACS discharge and medication education using Avatars to prevent 30-day readmission. 

    Dr Belinda Di Bartolo

    University of Sydney

    Does a novel P2X7R antagonist reduce diabetic cardiomyopathy? 

    Associate Professor Anand Ganesan

    Flinders University

    A universal framework to quantify rotor formation and destruction in atrial fibrillation

    Dr Quan Huynh

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Risk-guided Intervention to Reduce Heart Failure Readmission

    Associate Professor Michelle Keske

    Deakin University

    Skeletal muscle blood flow in heart failure

    Associate Professor Eddy Kizana

    University of Sydney

    Creation of a Biological Pacemaker

    Associate Professor Saurabh Kumar

    University of Sydney

    Smartphone-based ECG Monitors for the Diagnosis of Heart Rhythm Disorders

    Dr Francine Marques

    Monash University

    Gut pH and blood pressure

    Associate Professor Julie McMullen

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    A new drug delivery platform called Nano-Ghosts loaded with a protective gene for the failing heart

    Associate Professor Peter Molenaar

    The University of Queensland

    New medicines to keep heart failure patients alive

    Associate Professor Graeme Polglase

    Monash University

    Improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation of newborn babies in the delivery room.

    Associate Professor Peter Psaltis

    The University of Adelaide

    What role do local stem cells play in atherosclerosis? 

    Dr Chengxue Helena Qin

    Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    A Novel Anti-Inflammatory Approach to Treat Hypertension

    Dr Eleanor Quested

    Curtin University

    Harnessing the appeal of professional sport to improve health for men with cardiovascular disease

    Professor Kerry-Anne Rye

    University of New South Wales

    Stopping Heart Attacks in People with Diabetes

    Associate Professor Simone Schoenwaelder

    University of Sydney

    Identification of new approaches for the treatment of stroke 

    Associate Professor Dion Stub

    Monash University

    Assessment of pain relief during heart attack 

    Associate Professor Raymond Sy

    University of Sydney

    Assessing the Effect of Quinidine in Brugada Syndrome 

    Associate Professor Shane Thomas

    University of New South Wales

    Targeting the inflammatory enzyme heparanase to treat cardiovascular disease 

    Dr Phillip Tully

    The University of Adelaide

    Collaborative depression care for coronary heart disease patients: a clinical trial 

    Dr Anna Waterhouse

    University of Sydney

    Reducing blood clots in artificial hearts

    Dr Connie Wong

    Monash University

    Brain-gut axis in stroke

    Dr Rebecca Wyse

    The University of Newcastle

    Harnessing digital innovation in High School Canteens to reduce cardiovascular dietary risk factors

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 2019’s most outstanding and innovative Vanguard Grant application. The recipient receives an additional $10,000 on top of the Grant.

The award recognises:

  • Associate Professor Saurabh Kumar, University of Sydney

Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award

This award recognises 2019’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 Hang Ta, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Lining Ju, University of Sydney

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Dr Rachel Climie, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Vic)
  • Dr Cheryl Carcel, University of New South Wales