Donate to raise funds for potentially life-saving spider venom research

Help scientists uncover the potential of spider venom in transforming heart transplantation

Melissa understands all too well the implications of transformative medical research. Her life was saved by a heart transplant when she was 36 years old. Without it, she wouldn't have married her husband, travelled the world, and watch her niece and nephew grow up.

New research could help provide more life-saving heart transplants for people like Melissa.

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 funnel web spider venom.

A unique protein derived from the spider venom, called Hi1A, has been found to improve the viability of hearts for transplantation AND, incredibly, 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 give hope to those who need it most.

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


Donations $2 and over are tax deductible. The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has an interest in the trust company which holds the licence to develop the patents in relation to the discovery, having worked in collaboration with scientists at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.

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.