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VCCRI and Coronavirus

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and supporters is of the highest importance. In line with government guidelines, and in the interest of the safety and health of our staff, the Institute has adapted the way we operate.

Taking care of our team

As restrictions ease, we will maintain social distancing practices, and have in place precautions for those returning to work. These include;

Cutting edge research

At Australia’s home of heart research, we remain dedicated to solving the unsolved, now more than ever in these unprecedented times.

Scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute are currently engaged in the following projects:

  1. Discovering how COVID-19 affects the health of people with pre-existing heart conditions.
  2. Investigating the potential side effects of medication being used to try and treat COVID-19. Some drugs being trialled can cause serious heart rhythm disturbances.
  3. Collaborating with colleagues at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and two Hospitals in Victoria, the Institute is planning to conduct a clinical trial of a certain type of stem cell to dampen down the hyper-activity of the immune system which causes severe heart and lung problems in patients with COVID-19.
“This has been a disastrous global pandemic. If there has been a silver lining in these very dark clouds it has been to throw the spotlight on the critical importance of medical research in Australia and around the world. If we didn’t have robust medical research we would be in dire straits right now. It has been a remarkable mobilisation of the medical research forces. But that’s just what we do. That’s our calling. And we need the support of the community right now.”

- Professor Jason Kovacic, Executive Director Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

For more details about these projects, please read our press release. If you wish to support these research projects, we'll be extremely grateful for your donation.

Considering our community

As we are part of a healthcare precinct that includes St Vincents Hospital and the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, we are also implementing these restrictions with the safety of the broader community in mind.

Coronavirus Cleaning VCCRI

We will not be hosting our weekly tours until such time that we can accommodate large groups in a single space. We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and above all, your support.

As the situation has been unfolding, the researchers at the Institute have been sharing practical advice and their knowledge about the virus through our social media channels. We have created an information hub on Heart Disease & Coronavirus which contain videos, FAQs and the latest research news.

Thank you and we wish you all the best health.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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