Leading future-focused cardiovascular research
The goal of the Heart Foundation is simple: to make a difference to the heart health of all Australians.
One key pillar supporting this goal is their research program, which enables researchers in Australia to receive funding to continue their cardiovascular research.
Since 1959, the Heart Foundation has invested more than $520 million towards heart research, making them the largest non-government funder of cardiovascular research in Australia.
Funding they provide is awarded to researchers in a variety of areas, including biomedical, clinical, public health and health services.
This year, three UTS researchers have been awarded fellowships by the Heart Foundation.
Associate Professor Sally Inglis, from the UTS Faculty of Health, Research Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), was awarded the Future Leader Fellowship, and Dr Xiaoyue (Luna) Xu, also from IMPACCT and Dr Qian Peter Su, Faculty of Science each received Postdoctoral fellowships.
For Associate Professor Sally Inglis, being awarded a senior Future Leader Fellowship is notable, as she has been funded by the Heart Foundation continuously since 2005. As a recognised leader in cardiovascular nursing, Associate Professor Sally Inglis will examine ways to improve outcomes for people with peripheral arterial disease as well as mentor and support up and coming cardiovascular researchers, such as Dr Xu and Dr Su.
The postdoctoral fellowships support Australia’s best up and coming cardiovascular researchers, as they build their research capacity and portfolios, and enable them to become leaders in the field.
Dr Xu said that the award was “a great opportunity”.
For early career researchers like myself, the Heart Foundation Fellowships help us to focus on our own research, which we are passionate about.
Her research will investigate the role of diet and nutrition amongst older Australian women who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
In Australia, we have an ageing population. We need to encourage them to ask for help, by showing evidence of how they can improve their health.
Dr Xu also said that research in cardiovascular health was invaluable not just to individuals, but to health care professionals.
"Research can help guide professionals on how to better support their patients who are suffering from cardiovascular disease and co-occurring diseases with cardiovascular disease".
For a full list of research funding awardees visit the Heart Foundation website (opens external website).