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Monitoring of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Lead: Lee Nedkoff

This program focuses on trends in coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure, including methodological issues and international comparisons, together with an emphasis on stroke burden in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Indigenous Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Health

Lead: Judith Katzenellenbogen

This project explores CVD burden and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, aiming to improve surveillance and care models.

Clinical Epidemiology and Trials

Leads: Tom Briffa and Frank Sanfilippo

This program includes clinical trials and studies to improve patient outcomes following myocardial infarction (MI), valvular heart disease, and other cardiovascular conditions.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Factors

Lead: Siobhan Hickling

Focused on examining cardiovascular disease risk factors, this program includes studies on the impact of dietary habits and early health behaviours to reduce the risk of non-communicable disease.


Lead: Frank Sanfilippo

The program focuses on investigating medication use in patients with CVD and determining the effectiveness of these drugs in preventing further cardiovascular and other adverse events.

Our Partners​

We are proud to collaborate with a distinguished group of partners, each bringing unique expertise and invaluable contributions to our research endeavours.

The collaboration between the UWA Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Centre and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) represents a significant stride in cardiovascular research, further strengthened by the pivotal role of Dr Lee Nedkoff.

Professor Colleen Fisher (Head of School)

School of Population and Global Health (SPGH), The University of Western Australia. Colleen is a key collaborator from UWA supporting the creation and operation of CERC at SPGH. Colleen is renowned for her contributions to public health and social work, significantly enhancing our understanding of community health dynamics.

Professor Dawn Bessarab (Director)

Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH), The University of Western Australia. Dawn brings invaluable expertise in Indigenous health, particularly in enhancing culturally appropriate healthcare practices and policies.

Professor Brendan McQuillan (Dean and Head of School)

Medical School, The University of Western Australia. Brendan is a leading figure in cardiovascular medicine and research significantly contributes to advancements in heart disease diagnosis and treatment.

Professor Jason Kovacic, (Director and CEO)

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI). Jason is a distinguished researcher in cardiovascular genetics and biology, driving forward innovative approaches to heart disease treatment.

Dr F Lucy Wright (Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology)

Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. Lucy is instrumental in cardiovascular epidemiology, offering critical insights into global trends and preventive strategies.

Professor Dominique Cadilhac (Co-Director)

Stroke and Aging Research Group, Monash University. Dominique’s expertise in stroke and public health research plays a pivotal role in shaping effective stroke prevention and management strategies.

Professor Chris Reid (Director)

Curtin Centre for Clinical Research and Education (CCRE), Curtin University. Chris’s work in epidemiology and public health offers vital insights into cardiovascular disease prevention and management.

Professor Julie Redfern (Director)

Engagement and Co-Design Research Hub (ECHO), University of Sydney. Julie is renowned for her research in cardiovascular health, focusing on innovative strategies to improve patient outcomes and healthcare delivery.

Associate Professor Asha Bowen (Program Head)

END RHD Program, Telethon Kids Institute. With a focus on infectious diseases and Aboriginal health, Asha plays a crucial role in collaborative projects addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations.
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