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Cardiac, Respiratory and Vascular Health

Healthy heart, lungs, arteries and veins are vital to overall good health. Despite being largely preventable, cardiovascular disease is one of Australia’s leading health problems, affecting one in six people and accounting for nearly 30% of deaths.

Anatomical model of lungs and heart


Our researchers conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the mechanisms which underlie the development of coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and vascular and heart rhythm disorders. Utilising the skills of physicians, bioengineers, research scientists and computational modelers, research is focused on translating biomedical discoveries to clinical practice.

Furthermore, researchers undertake clinical trials and epidemiological studies into cardiovascular disorders with the objective of improving health outcomes for patients.

Researchers across the faculty are focused on:

  • understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cardiac and vascular disorders including peripheral arterial disease, atherosclerosis and cardiac arrhythmias
  • exploring the relationship between atrial fibrillation, blood clotting and stroke
  • developing improved cardiovascular imaging and disease detection methods
  • understanding the relationship between high density lipoproteins (HDL) and cardiovascular risk
  • developing strategies to modify cardiovascular risk through the control of obesity and obesity-related conditions
  • applying evidence-based medicine, recommendations and guidelines to target education and improve health outcomes for at risk cardiac patients
  • developing new approaches to treat airway inflammation in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • developing cell and gene therapy approaches for diseases affecting lung blood vessels (pulmonary hypertension) and lung transplant.

Our research centres and institutes working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

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