Our researchers

  • Associate Professor Andrew Steer

    Associate Professor Andrew Steer

    Andrew Steer's research focuses on rheumatic heart disease and how it affects people living in poorer communities, including the Indigenous population of Australia.

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  • Ms Michelle Bovill

    Ms Michelle Bovill

    Michelle Bovill works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their health workers to co-develop health information appropriate for their communities.

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  • Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian

    Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian

    Nadine Kasparian established Australasia's first integrated psychology research program and clinical service dedicated to childhood heart disease.

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  • Dr Janet Bray

    Dr Janet Bray

    Dr Bray and her team are reviewing triple zero call recordings in cardiac arrest cases where the patient did not receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander. 

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  • Dr Dion Stub

    Dr Dion Stub

    Dr Stub and his team are looking at how to treat a patient when their heart stops beating. They are on the cusp of discoveries that have the potential to save thousands of lives.

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  • Prof Amy Brodtmann

    Prof Amy Brodtmann

    Associate Professor Brodtmann is examining risk factors that may predict brain shrinkage after a stroke using the latest brain imaging techniques.

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  • Dr Shane Nanayakkara

    Dr Shane Nanayakkara

    Dr Nanayakkara is trying to understand the mechanisms behind heart failure with preserved ejection fraction so that he can develop and trial new treatments. 

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  • Dr Yugeesh Lankadeva

    Dr Yugeesh Lankadeva

    Dr Lankadeva is investigating why some people with low blood pressure don’t react to drugs and as a result die from heart or kidney failure.

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  • Professor Clara Chow

    Professor Clara Chow

    A trial of a new ultra-low dose quadpill to treat high blood pressure has had remarkable results.

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  • Prof Andrew Tonkin

    Prof Andrew Tonkin

    Professor Tonkin is a cardiologist who has been a renowned leader in cardiovascular research for several decades and has served the Heart Foundation for over 35 years.

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  • Dr Rebecca Perry

    Dr Rebecca Perry

    Dr Perry wants to help those who have suffered mild to moderate heart failure, and are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), receive a lifesaving device.

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  • Dr Nick Zwar

    Dr Nick Zwar

    Dr Zwar and a team of researchers have found a new system to help GP practices identify patients with high risk factors for heart attack or stroke.

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  • Prof Gregory Dusting

    Prof Gregory Dusting

    The Heart Foundation’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Professor Gregory Dusting, has developed lifesaving cardiovascular drugs over the last three decades.

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  • Dr Stephanie Simonds

    Dr Stephanie Simonds

    At just 28 Stephanie Simonds has already won several awards including the 2016 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

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  • Dr Kathryn Backholer

    Dr Kathryn Backholer

    Kathryn Backholer hopes her research will translate to improved health outcomes for all Australians, regardless of their socioeconomic position.

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  • Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya

    Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya

    A team at UNSW are helping doctors of the future to improve the management of hypertension.

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  • Dr James Chong

    Dr James Chong

    In a world-first discovery, heart researcher Dr James Chong has found a way to save those whose hearts need fixing.

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  • Ms Kyly Mills

    Ms Kyly Mills

    Kyly Mills, a Kamilaroi woman, is evaluating a chronic disease self-management program in an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

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  • Dr Justin Hamilton

    Dr Justin Hamilton

    Justin Hamilton’s passion for heart research is very personal. His family has a long history of heart disease, and he wanted to see what he could do about it.

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  • Dr Pierre Qian

    Dr Pierre Qian

    Dr Qian and a team of researchers have found a new way to deactivate kidney nerves that are often hyperactive in people who have high blood pressure.

    Read Pierre's story