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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. 

Renowned for the quality of its scientific breakthroughs, the team at the Institute is working urgently across 21 laboratories to help solve the unsolved and prevent heartbreak happening to you.

At the heart research headquarters in Sydney, scientists rapidly translate discoveries into new diagnostics, preventions and treatments for cardiovascular disease – reducing the incidence, severity and impact of heart disease.

Founded in 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is the legacy of legendary heart transplant surgeon, Dr Victor Chang. 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 is now home to more than 250 researchers and staff.

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’.
Be a world-class research facility that significantly contributes to the health of all people, through research into cardiovascular diseases.
Advance knowledge and make fundamental discoveries that can be rapidly translated into improved diagnostics, preventions and treatments.
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.
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:

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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