Our Research

Cardiac Physiology & Transplantation

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The Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation Division, headed by Professor Michael Feneley, is made up of four groups that take diverse and complementary approaches to heart disease, heart failure and transplantation.

Professor Michael Feneley also leads the Cardiovascular Mechanics Laboratory, which  investigates the contractile properties of the heart and how these properties change in different disease states.

The Heart Transplantation Laboratory, headed by Professor Peter Macdonald, is focused on the preservation of donor organs and clinical trials of new therapies to improve patient outcomes after heart transplantation. Prof Macdonald is also investigating new treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Laboratory is run by Professor Anne Keogh, who is a Senior Heart Transplant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. Prof Keogh’s research program at the Victor Chang Institute focuses on pulmonary arterial hypertension, heart transplantation, immunosuppression and left heart failure clinical trials.

The Vascular-Ventricular Interactions Laboratory, headed by Professor Michael O’Rourke, has been focusing on how arterial stiffening adversely effects left ventricular load and function upstream and small vessel structure and function downstream.


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Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

AR - Developmental & stem Cell BiologyThe Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division, headed by Professor Richard Harvey, aims to understand the molecular basis of inherited birth defects, the identification and characterisation of adult cardiac stem cells and the genetic pathways controlling cardiac regeneration.

The groups in this division use both mouse and zebrafish as model genetic systems as well as collaborating with clinicians to analyse inherited birth defects in humans. The division consists of three laboratories; The heart development and adult cardiac stem cell laboratory headed by Professor Richard Harvey, the Embryology laboratory headed by Professor Sally Dunwoodie and the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory headed by Dr Kazu Kikuchi.

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Molecular Cardiology & Biophysics

AR Molecular Cardiology & BiophysicsThe Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Division, headed by Professor Robert Graham, aims to understand both the molecular signaling pathways that operate within the heart and the molecular basis of inherited genetic heart diseases including cardiomyopathies and arrhythmia syndromes.

The division consists of five laboratories including the Receptor Signaling Laboratory headed by Professor Robert Graham, the Inherited Heart Diseases Laboratory headed by Professor Diane Fatkin, the Mechanobiology Laboratory headed by Professor Boris Martinac, the Mark Cowley Lidwill Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory headed by Professor Jamie Vandenberg and the Computational Cardiology Laboratory headed by Dr Adam Hill. Based in Western Australia, Professor Livia Hool is the head of the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory.

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Vascular Biology

AR - Vascular BiologyThe aim of the Vascular Biology Program is to better understand the process called atherosclerosis, or the hardening of blood vessels.  Atherosclerosis is the single biggest cause of heart attacks and stroke, and thus death, in Australia. This program studies the contribution of oxidative processes to atherosclerosis, and how the disease can be inhibited.  There is currently one laboratory in the Vascular Biology Division, headed by Professor Roland Stocker, who joined the Institute at the end of 2012.

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Molecular, Structural & Comp. Biology

AR - Molecular Structural & Computational BiologyThe Molecular, Structural and Computational Biology Division seeks to understand the function of the heart in health and disease at the molecular level, and to understand the mechanisms of gene regulation.

There are three groups in this division, headed by Dr Daniela Stock, Associate Professor Catherine Suter and Dr Joshua Ho.  Understanding the molecular mechanisms of proteins that are central to the development, maintenance and proper functioning of our hearts, as well as the processes of gene expression, is crucial for diagnosis, drug design and treatment of disease.

The Structural Biology Laboratory is headed by Dr Daniela Stock, the Epigenetics Laboratory is headed by Associate Professor Catherine Suter, and the Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine Laboratory is headed by Dr Joshua Ho alongside Group Leader, Dr Eleni Giannoulatou.  After seven years at the Victor Chang Institute Dr Lawrence Lee is continuing his pioneering research into bionanotechnology at UNSW. He is now a valued member of our Honorary Faculty.


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Congenital heart disease (CHD) Is a result of structural abnormalities that occur during the development of the heart

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Patch clamp electrophysiology Ion channels are the molecular building blocks of electrical signaling in the heart

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Hypoxystation and metabolic reprogramming ... how cells change their metabolism to form new blood vessels in low oxygen environments.

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PhD Project Opportunity Evaluation of atrial environmental factors in the pathogenesis of atrial arrhythmias

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POSTDOCS & ANIMAL SURGEON Positions available in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Laboratory

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Privacy Policy

1. Our privacy commitment

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute respects your privacy.

We collect, store and use your personal information to help us fight heart disease. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information we collect relating to our fundraising activities – this includes marketing, events, our website, and health promotion services such as the Health Check Booth.

2. What types of personal information we collect

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3. Health information and other sensitive information

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We only collect information by lawful and fair means.

We may also obtain personal information from third parties or publicly available sources. In this case, we will take reasonable steps to contact you and ensure that you are aware of the circumstances surrounding the collection and purposes for which we collected your personal information.

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We do not use data hosting facilities or third party service providers that store information overseas.

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We take reasonable steps to make sure that the information we collect and use is accurate, up-to-date and complete. You may contact our Fund Development Officer at any time if you wish to:

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Once we receive a complaint, we will respond to you as soon as possible and will let you know if we need any further information from you. We will notify you of our decision within 30 days, however, if we are unable to do so, we will let you know the reason for the delay and the expected timeframe for resolving the complaint.

You may also lodge a complaint with the Office of Australian Information Commissioner, for more information visit www.oaic.gov.au.

15. How to contact the Fund Development Officer




Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
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Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Telephone 1300 842 867

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Updated: March 2014