We would like to congratulate Professors Carol Pollock and Gemma Figtree who have received significant National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grants.
Despite a tremendously competitive field, both clinician/researchers have been awarded $2 million to progress their world-leading research and improve long-term patient outcomes.
Professor Figtree’s research will investigate innovative solutions to reduce heart attacks for those without the typical risk factors.
Professor Figtree, an interventional cardiologist at RNSH, said approximately one-quarter of first-time heart attack patients do not have any of the typical risk factors of coronary artery disease, and yet they have developed what is regarded as silent coronary artery disease without any symptoms.
Gemma and her team will use this group to extend their understanding of the disease and identify markers relevant to all patients at risk of a heart attack.
Her program will drive the discovery of new biomarkers for the early detection and treatment of coronary artery disease.
“I am enormously grateful to the NHMRC for this support. It will help my team follow exciting leads towards clinical translation, and help develop a new way of detecting coronary artery disease and preventing heart attacks,” she said.
Professor Carol Pollock’s program of research will work to reduce the personal and societal impact of kidney disease.
Carol is a renal medicine specialist at RNSH and an internationally respected academic at the Kolling Institute.
Chronic kidney disease currently affects over 13 per cent of the global population and 10 per cent of Australians.