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Heart disease in women

University of Sydney

Grant:
  • Cardiovascular Elite Postdoctoral Grant
Organ System:
  • Cardiovascular
Date Funded:
  • 23 March, 2020
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Dr. Sarah Zaman

Project summary

Build a nationally leading and internationally recognised program of research that improves outcomes for women with heart disease.

What is the issue for NSW?

Heart Disease in Women has been universally described as “under recognised, under treated and under researched”. Australian and international evidence demonstrates poorer outcomes for women with heart disease as well as an extreme paucity of data on female-predominant heart conditions.

What does the research aim to do and how?

Dr Zaman will build a nationally leading and internationally recognised program of research that improves outcomes for women with heart disease. This program of work will be most successful by gaining the mentorship from experienced clinical researchers within the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) of The University of Sydney and, by locating it within a population of need in the Western Sydney Local Health District; a socioeconomically disadvantaged area with a culturally and linguistically diverse population.

Dr Zaman’s two research flagships are (i) atherosclerotic heart disease in women and (ii) improving care of Female-Predominant Cardiac Conditions. The potential impact will be discovering new interventions for women’s heart disease including the development of innovative models of care. Ultimately, these findings will be translated to clinical guidelines and address the large burden of cardiac disease in women.