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HRI researchers pioneer new approach to mend broken hearts

HRI researchers pioneer new approach to mend broken hearts

A printer that builds beating 3D hearts in a laboratory could soon be saving the lives of heart attack patients if a pioneering Australian trial proves successful. The Heart Research Institute has bought a 3D bio-printer to engineer human heart tissue that can be stuck directly to a damaged organ following an attack. 

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HRI awarded prestigious Ramaciotti grant

HRI awarded prestigious Ramaciotti grant

Dr Sanjay Patel, Group Leader at the Heart Research Institute, has been awarded a highly prestigious Ramaciotti Grant to pursue his work developing a cost-effective therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke.

The five Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants of $150,000 are awarded to autonomous early career scientists to support health or medical research with a potential path to clinical application within five years.

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Dr Anna Waterhouse joins HRI as Group Leader

Dr Anna Waterhouse joins HRI as Group Leader

The HRI is pleased to welcome Dr Anna Waterhouse as Group Leader of the Cardiovascular Medical Devices Group and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr Waterhouse’s research focuses on how medical devices – such as artificial hearts, stents and bypass machines – interact with the body. Her aim is to understand the interactions of medical devices with patients’ blood, proteins and cells to develop more sophisticated and compatible materials. 

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Research leader recognised internationally for life-saving work

Research leader recognised internationally for life-saving work

Dr Ben Freedman has been acknowledged at the Heart Rhythm Congress in the UK with an Award for Outstanding Individual who has contributed to Arrhythmia Services 2016. The award comes in recognition of his global push to introduce screening for the common heart condition, atrial fibrillation (AF), which triggers catastrophic strokes, as well as in recognition of his research and publications on AF screening. 

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New drugs will treat cancer and blood clots in one blow

Cancer medication could soon also protect patients from deadly blood clots thanks to a breakthrough by researchers at the HRI. Our scientists have discovered that a protein known to cause cancer is also responsible for life-threatening blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which many people with cancer suffer from. 

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