World Class Heart Research 

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is one of the world's most respected heart research facilities and is dedicated to finding cures for heart disease. 

Established in 1994, it is the legacy of legendary transplant surgeon Dr Victor Chang. Victor Chang knew that while he could save hundreds of lives through surgery, he could save millions through medical research. 

Beginning with just two scientists, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is now home to approximately 300 scientists and staff.  

The Bay Soiree

Held in partnership with Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, The Bay Soiree is an unforgettable night overlooking Sydney Harbour. Guests are treated to a lavish 3 course, barefoot dinner complemented with champagne and matching wines. All the while watching the sun go down on the sand at Watsons Bay Beach, one of Sydney’s most beautiful settings.

Transplant sisters sky dive to honour organ donor

A heart transplant survivor has taken a spectacular leap of faith, jumping out of an airplane at 14,000ft to celebrate the second anniversary of her heart transplant. What made it even more special was that she took the plunge with her ‘transplant sister’. The pair received their life saving gifts from the same organ donor and they've been best friends ever since.

Melissa's Bucket List

"After my heart transplant I knew then that I had two options. I could let this grief consume me, or I could get up and fight and live. I know I will never have a significant life that people will talk about in generations to come, but I could make this life one that my organ donor could be proud of. So I thought I would create my own bucket list for them, for us, for our heart, and for women against heart disease…." 

If you would like to contribute to Melissa's bucket list please email

Amanda's open heart surgery

New mum, Amanda, views the scar on her chest as a sign of hope. Living with a heart defect all her life, Amanda didn’t realise there was anything wrong until she had trouble exercising in her 40s. Soon after, she was diagnosed with a coronary artery anomaly. Amanda has shared her story about open heart surgery through a video diary - to show the world that heart disease can strike anyone. 

What is SCAD?

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) explained by Cardiologist, Professor Bob Graham from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.  

Women in their 40s and 50s are most at risk of SCAD, although it can occur at any age and also in men. The majority of people who develop SCAD are often healthy with no known risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high blood cholesterol.

If you would like to take part in our Australian first research program into SCAD please email

Heart Beat Ball 

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute's Heart Beat Ball is one of the most anticipated charity events on the social calendar. Kick up your heels and raise funds for life-saving heart research at Sydney's majestic Town Hall. Organise a table of friends or colleagues, and dance the night away for a wonderful cause. 

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.