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Our history

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Centre (CERC) at The University of Western Australia, founded in 2023, continues over 30 years of pioneering research by the Cardiovascular Research Group. Professors Michael Hobbs and Konrad Jamrozik, its founding directors, were instrumental in establishing CERC as a leading centre in cardiovascular epidemiology, contributing significantly to the World Health Organization's MONICA project.

Emeritus Professor Michael Hobbs played a crucial role in developing the Western Australian Data Linkage System, bolstering CERC's expertise in linked data for cardiovascular research. The centre remains at the forefront of this field, fuelled by a history of innovation.

Former director Professor Tom Briffa significantly shaped CERC's path with his 25-year commitment to cardiovascular disease research, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. His contributions have been vital to CERC's ongoing success, both in Australia and internationally.

Our people

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Dr Lee Nedkoff

Dr Nedkoff is a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow with extensive expertise in the epidemiology and surveillance of cardiovascular disease, and an innovative approach to data analysis and research. As the head of the Cardiology Population Health laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Dr Nedkoff plays a pivotal role in leading critical research initiatives advancing the understanding of cardiovascular diseases. Her proficiency in utilising linked health data distinguishes her work, enabling comprehensive studies on disease trends across diverse populations. Dr Nedkoff's research focuses on conditions such as myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease and stroke, especially in younger adults and Indigenous people.

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Dr Siobhan Hickling

Dr Hickling is a research dietitian and epidemiologist with a wealth of experience in public health teaching, research and practice. Her leadership in large national and multi-national studies, such as VITATOPS and TropED, highlight her expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research in cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology. Through her collaborative research on the food environment, the dual burden of malnutrition, and building resilience to the impacts of climate change on food security she demonstrates a holistic approach to public health challenges. Dr Hickling's has made significant contributions in advisory roles, emphasising her ability to effectively communicate research findings and influence public health policy and education. As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), she brings substantial teaching experience across various levels and institutions reflecting her dedication to advancing public health education.

Our Research

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Centre (CERC) boasts a dedicated team of researchers, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, lecturers, senior administrators, and health practitioners. Together, they drive innovation and excellence in cardiovascular health research, collaborating on projects that influence clinical care, health policy, and our understanding of cardiovascular diseases. At CERC, our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is key to advancing global cardiovascular health.

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