The cardiovascular research team at Royal Prince Alfred hospital consists of Lisa Turner, Carmel Oostveen, Lorna Beattie and we welcome our new recruit, Dhairya Vayada. Dhairya has extensive knowledge in implementing data science principles to a clinical research setting.
2021 has continued to be a challenge for the Research Department, working within pandemic conditions. However, despite the difficulties, research has continued and we find ourselves managing many interesting projects. One of our projects, Vision, is completed. This has been a lengthy process involving the recruitment and data collection of 500 patients. The purpose of this project was to provide useful information to help predict who may be at risk of having complications following heart surgery. This information will be an invaluable source as the total worldwide recruitment was 15,000.
The tissue bank projects have continued to run throughout this year and we are excited about the addition of patients from Strathfield Private Hospital for participation in these study projects. Heart failure represents a leading cause of morbidity and mortality both in Australia and Internationally. Heart failure is the final common clinical pathway for a number of pathological processes including atherosclerotic disease, cardiomyopathies, valvular disease, myocarditis and infection. The tissue bank provides an invaluable source for research projects to expand our current understanding of heart failure pathophysiology.