Cardiovascular disease and diabetes research

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We're seeking to understand the links between and causes of two common diseases, and we'd be honoured if you would help.

Why support research in cardiovascular disease and diabetes?

Around one in five Australians are affected by cardiovascular disease, and more than five per cent by diabetes, with a strong link between the two. More than two-thirds of people with diabetes suffer from cardiovascular disease, and adults with diabetes are up to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke.

Our research seeks to prevent and delay cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and helps those diagnosed with these diseases it to manage them. Through our research, we are seeking to:

  • improve people's lifestyles and prevent or delay onset
  • understand the underlying genetics to identify at-risk people
  • determine the best strategies for treatment and at-home care and maintenance for patients.

Our expert researchers

Our researchers use the latest technology to better understand risk of disease, its progression and the best treatment response. Using this technology, we've developed an analysis of tissue and fluids that detects 'biomarkers' or signs that indicate the presence of disease.

Working at the Genomics Research Centre within our Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, our researchers are mapping human genes and analysing gene expressions (the process of information stored in DNA converting into 'instructions' for making molecules) for complex disorders like cardiovascular disease. Identifying genes involved in cardiovascular disease is the first step to translating the research into new tools to diagnose the disease and develop therapeutics to treat it.

Addressing real-world challenges

We collaborate with clinicians to ensure the input of patients and their families are at the centre of our research into cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Our research into cardiovascular nursing is providing the best strategies for effective recovery and rehabilitation of patients, and takes into account family experiences. Further, our clinical exercise prescription studies are developing sustainable health education, advice and support services, by assessing people's movement capacity and motivation.

Our research into also covers:

  • prevention and treatment of obesity, which significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • developing saliva tests for diagnosing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
  • the interaction between exercise, satiety and appetite regulation, and the role of exercise in weight management and chronic disease prevention
  • the benefits of, and barriers to, exercise in midlife Australian women
  • use of telephone, text messaging and face-to-face support for self-management for people with cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • prevention and management of foot problems, such as ulcers, among people with diabetes
  • using corneal confocal microscopes to study changes in nerves in the eye for monitoring people with or at risk of developing diabetes.

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Philanthropy Officer (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Sharyn Tidswell