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About us

The home of heart research

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is Australia's home of heart research, dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease.

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is renowned for the quality of its scientific discoveries and is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease through world-class and cutting-edge medical research.

The team at the Institute is working urgently to discover better ways of understanding, diagnosing, treating, and preventing the onset of heart disease and is committed to ensuring its research breakthroughs are translated into advances in clinical care.

Founded in 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was established in honour of the legendary heart transplant surgeon, Dr Victor Chang AC. In 1996, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was officially opened in Sydney Australia, by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Beginning with just two scientists, it now has over 230 scientists, doctors, and staff working together across 23 laboratories across the country. Regarded as Australia’s home of heart research, the Institute has earned its place on the global stage as one of the most respected medical research facilities in the world.

In 2022, the Institute expanded its national footprint by establishing a new heart disease research hub at the University of Western Australia. This will allow researchers and scientists to accelerate life-saving discoveries that will benefit all Australians and deliver international impact.

Our mission

The relief of pain and suffering, and the promotion of well-being, through an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular biology in health and disease

Discover more about Dr Victor Chang, his vision and how we're achieving that at Australia's home of heart research:

Our aspirations

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute always strives to:

Conduct the highest quality research, with an emphasis on ‘molecules and mechanisms’.
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Be a world-class research facility that significantly contributes to the health of all people, through research into cardiovascular diseases.
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Advance knowledge and make fundamental discoveries that can be rapidly translated into improved diagnostics, preventions and treatments.
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Be a leader in the adoption, application and integration of genomics, stem cell and regenerative medicine, training clinicians in the interpretation of discoveries for improved patient management.
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Be Australia’s leading institute in cardiovascular research and its application to clinical problem solving, as well as providing advice on health and research policy at both the federal and state levels.

What is our key research focus?

Since 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute's scientists has been conducting world class research into the many different types of heart disease.

Our major breakthroughs specialise in:

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Why is heart disease research important?

Heart research is vital medical as in Australia, and around the world, cardiovascular disease kills more people than any other disease or illness. More than any cancer, Alzheimer's or HIV/AIDS. Every day, the scientists at Australia's home of heart research discover more about how to fight heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease claims the life of 1 Australian every 12 minutes and can affect anyone irrespective of age or gender. Labeled Australia’s most expensive disease, it currently costs more than $12 billion in healthcare expenditure per year. On top of this, congenital heart disease is the most common form of birth defect in Australia, with one baby born every four hours with a heart problem.

At Australia's heart research headquarters, our discoveries help people of all ages survive and avoid heart disease. Your support can help end the heartbreak.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.