Donate before 30 June to raise funds to help save lives through spider venom research

This tax time, you can help scientists unlock the potential of spider venom in transforming both heart transplantation and heart attack treatment

“This research could not only help hundreds of thousands of people who have a heart attack every year but also give hope to those waiting on the heart transplant list” Professor Peter Macdonald

Melissa understands all too well the vital importance of Professor Peter Macdonald’s research. Not only is she a heart transplant survivor, but a heart attack robbed her of her beloved father when she was just 10 years old.

Sadly, this was just the start of Melissa’s devastating journey with heart disease. After a 16-year battle with cardiomyopathy, Melissa found herself literally at death’s door. Her only hope for survival was a heart transplant.

Melissa knows exactly how lucky she is to be alive today. Her hope is that heart research can help others like her.

An unlikely source for a revolutionary heart disease treatment

Professor Peter Macdonald and Professor Robert Graham at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute are collaborating with researchers at University of Queensland to investigate the potentially life-saving properties of a molecule found in funnel web spider venom.

A unique protein derived from the spider venom, called Hi1A, has been found to improve the viability of hearts for transplant AND reduce the often-fatal damage caused to the heart after a heart attack.

How can you help fast track this research?

The spider venom protein has been tested on beating heart cells and the next stage is to progress to clinical trials.

Scientists believe this could be achieved as early as 2023 for both heart transplantation and heart attack treatment, but we need to raise at least $303,000 to help make this possible.

Your gift can help accelerate this incredible research and help us start saving lives.

Make your tax deductible donation before 30 June via PayPal or credit card in the form below.

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.