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$7.9 million for cardiovascular research

Australian Catholic University (ACU), in partnership with the University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Health and the O’Brien Institute, has been awarded $7.9 million in funding to develop and implement a suite of cardiovascular research projects.

The Building Collaborative Research with Specific Focus on Cardiovascular Health project received the funding as part of the Collaborative Research Networks program, an initiative introduced by the Australian Government to foster excellence in research among higher education institutions.

Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor at ACU, said the award was a wonderful outcome for the University and its partners, and is a reflection of the high quality research in which ACU is already engaged.

“The generous funding provided by the Gillard Government will enable exciting initiatives to move forward as the partnership develops a sustainable research structure relying on the strengths of the four institutions in health research and practice,” he said.

ACU has joined with partner institutions to establish the Centre for Research Enhancement and Sustainability (CRES), a specialised centre that focuses on managing research development and collaboration at ACU.

“In addition to the CRES, the partnership will grow its Cardiovascular Research Centre (CvRC) into a world standard centre for collaborative research into the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” Professor Craven said.

“While each institution has great strengths in health research and practice individually, the concentration of these skills through focused collaboration will enhance productivity and lead to fast-tracked translational research outcomes, particularly in cardiovascular health.”