Funding Boost for WA’s Dr Lee Nedkoff

27 June 2022

The Institute’s Dr Lee Nedkoff has just been awarded almost half a million dollars to support her work investigating population burden, trends and outcomes in people with cardiovascular disease.

Dr Nedkoff, who joined the Institute’s hub at the University of Western Australia earlier this year, received grants from the State Government funded WA Near-miss Awards (WANMA) Ideas Grants and its Research Excellence Awards (REA).

The epidemiologist will use the $100,000 WANMA award to support her work into chronic coronary disease whilst the $340,0000 REA grant will be used to investigate a broad range of projects including heart attacks, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy.

It will also support some of Dr Nedkoff’s collaborative work with the Cardiovascular Research Group (UWA) on Aboriginal heart health, including rheumatic heart disease, which disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Dr Nedkoff says: “I feel very fortunate to have been the recipient of not just one but two grants from the WA Government. The work being done in Western Australia by researchers including myself, will benefit people far beyond our state border.

“This funding will allow me to investigate sex-specific determinants and trends in coronary heart disease which is vitally important. The more we drill down into uncovering the differences between men and women, the better it is for everyone.

“I am also proud to be part of an incredible research group that is committed to the fight to end rheumatic heart disease in this country – and improving health outcomes for First Nations people. This funding will certainly help us achieve this goal.”

The WANMA program is funded by the State Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI), the REA program recognises and supports high-performing early-and mid-career researchers and established researchers in WA.

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