Sydney Cardiovascular Research Centre

"The overarching vision of the SCVRC is to find entirely new and innovative approaches to dramatically reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease on the community. Central to this goal will be SCVRC’s aim of transforming the management of the acute coronary syndromes (‘heart attack’) and stroke (‘brain attack’), which collectively represent the leading causes of death and long term disability in Australia".

Professor Shaun Jackson

About SCVRC

The  Sydney Cardiovascular Research Centre (SCVRC) is a partnership between The Heart Research Institute (HRI), The University of Sydney (U Syd), The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and the Sydney Research group of collaborative medical research institute’s. Co-located with the CPC and RPA, and the major Sydney Research cardiovascular MRIs, this unique collaborative model will have unparalleled resources and collaborative opportunities to develop into Australia’s leading Cardiovascular Research Centre.

The aim of SCVRC is to tackle large cardiovascular problems like stroke and acute coronary artery syndromes (“Heart attack” and “Brain attack”) through all stages of discovery with a true multidisciplinary team from basic research in molecules and biomaterials through clinical research, clinical trials and health implementation research. The enabling features of SCVRC are co-location, collaboration and partnership.

Our Focus

 The HRI with its University, SLHD and Sydney Research partners focus on basic biomedical research with the principal aim of generating major scientific breakthroughs and commercialising promising new technologies which can be taken through not only to the bedside, but widely implemented to improve health outcomes. Current research programs either focus on testing known or available drugs or procedures in large implementation and outcome trials (eg The George Institute and the Clinical Trial Centre which have conducted many important and large scale international trials). The unique focus of SCVRC will be to test drugs developed at the HRI / CPC in well-designed clinical trials, such as currently proposed in a partnership with the George Institute. Subsequent commercialisation would add to both the income and prominence of the SCVRC.

This Centre will therefore complement the existing preeminent position of Sydney Research (University of Sydney, SLHD and associated Medical Research Institutes) in cardiovascular clinical trial, public health and health implementation research. The Centre will build on and complement the research strengths of the Charles Perkins Centre (in which the University of Sydney has made an enormous investment), in the area of obesity and diabetes, the two most important antecedents of cardiovascular disease.

Advantages of the SCVRC approach:

  • A much greater critical mass of cardiovascular research
  • A destination for the most competitive cardiovascular basic biomedical researchers
  • A number of world class research areas through new collaborations established between HRI and CPC/USyd/SLHD/Sydney Research
  • A destination for world-class education and training

Core activities include:

  • A discovery engine.
  • A focus on developing new and innovative therapeutics.
  • More effective delivery of healthcare (the golden hour)
  • Development of new coatings and materials (stents, valves, artificial blood vessels etc)
  • Advances in robotics and minimally invasive CV surgery.
  • Post-genomic and metabolomics research.

Collaborative Partners

The  Sydney Cardiovascular Research Centre (SCVRC) is a partnership between The Heart Research Institute (HRI), The University of Sydney (U Syd), The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and the Sydney Research group of collaborative medical research institute’s. Co-located with the CPC and RPA, and the major Sydney Research cardiovascular MRIs, this unique collaborative model will have unparalleled resources and collaborative opportunities to develop into Australia’s leading Cardiovascular Research Centre.

Scientific Leadership

Our world-leading research spans all facets of cardiovascular research, with particular strength in biomedical and clinical research and trials.
Some of our key researchers include:

Professor Shaun Jackson

Professor David Celermajer

Professor Chris Semsarian

Professor David James

Professor Stephen Simpson

Professor Philip Hogg

Professor Anushka Patel

Our unique funding model

Support from the general public is the one of the SCVRC’s most precious assets, because it provides funding continuity, more unencumbered resourcing and increased certainty for our scientists.

At a time when funding for scientists is highly uncertain, the Sydney Cardiovascular Research Centre’s innovative business model provides our scientists with more certainty and security in which to pursue their complex investigations. Thanks to significant support from the community in the form of un-tagged donations, the SCVRC has a ‘revenue mix’ that balances funding from the major cardiovascular peer reviewed grant bodies (the NH&MRC, ARC and Heart Foundation), with support from high nett worth philanthropists, corporate partners and over 60,000 Australian’s who have committed to donating small amounts ($25-35) every month. This increased funding certainty helps our teams keep their focus on their important studies… rather than worrying about what’s around the corner for their careers.

Working at SVRC

Announcing: Sydney Cardiovascular Fellowships 2017

The Heart Research Institute (HRI) and the Charles Perkins Centre of the University of Sydney are seeking exceptional national and international early to midcareer researchers with the potential to become global leaders in cardiovascular research for the Sydney Cardiovascular Fellowships 2017. These fellowships represent the most prestigious fellowships in Australia for cardiovascular researchers, and are valued at $1,000,000 over a period of five years. The fellowships are open to Australian and International applicants. For more information register your interest here and we will send you an information pack.

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