Innovation Grant Winners 2023

Meet this year’s winners of the 2023 NSW CVRN Research Innovation Grants

18 January 2023

Five early and mid-career researchers have been awarded $5,000 NSW CVRN-VCCRI Research Innovation Grants to drive research into cardiovascular disease.

The grant program is a joint initiative from the Institute and the NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN), funded by the CVRN.

This year’s recipients will tackle projects using the Institute’s Innovation Centre into heart failure, congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and heart attack.

As well as being able to access the Innovation Centre’s technologies they will also get mentorship and training from senior scientists and staff at the Institute.

“This is the third year of the Research Innovation Grant program and we are already starting to see some of the early projects deliver on their promise,” says Dr Johanna Barclay, Head of Scientific Innovation at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

“This year’s winners have a fantastic opportunity in front of them that could help deliver the scientific discoveries of the future. Having access to world-class technology and expertise at this point in their careers is something that they should embrace and utilise to its full advantage.”

The winners will be able to access all eight of the VCCRI’s Innovation Centre’s facilities:

The 2023 winners and their projects:

Dr Mohamed Metwaly - University of Sydney
Investigating the cardioprotective effect of anion transporters in heart failure.

Dr Yann Ng – University of Sydney and Heart Research Institute
Calcium regulation and adrenergic responsiveness in HFpEF during NAD+ repletion.

Dr Hooi Ng – University of Sydney and Kolling Institute
Targeting the mitochondrial oxidative phenotype in coronary artery disease patient-derived cells using high-throughput drug screening approach.

Dr Nona Farbehi - UNSW Sydney
Evaluation of cardiac patches in cardiovascular repair after a heart attack.

Dr Dimuthu Alankarage - Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Exploring the functional assessment of PRMT5-DDX5 variants - a possible digenic cause of syndromic congenital heart disease.

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