Dist. Prof. David J. Adams and Dr. Monique Francois

NSW Government awards over $20 million to heart researchers

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute’s CEO Dist. Prof. David J. Adams, and IHMRI affiliate Dr. Monique Francois from UOW, have both been granted NSW Cardiovascular Disease Grants.

The funding is part of a $150 million investment over ten years, under NSW’s Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program.

As a senior researcher, Dist. Prof. Adams received approximately $750,000 over three years for his project: Role of the intrinsic cardiac nervous system in myocardial ischaemia (decreased blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle) and arrhythmias.

The grant will allow him to train the next generation of cardiovascular researchers in the unique field of studying the heart’s intrinsic nervous system.

Dr. Francois received the Early-Mid Career Researcher grant for her project: Lifestyle Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. The grant gives her approximately $450,000 over three years to investigate lifestyle treatments, in attenuating high glucose levels after meals.

“We will look at patients with Type 2 Diabetes, and determine their effectiveness to lower postprandial hyperglycaemia and improve vascular function,” she said.

Dr. Francois will use the funding to hire a clinical trials coordinator, to aid collaboration with researchers, clinicians, dietitians, and accredited exercise physiologists across Australia.

Dist. Prof. Adams has been a member of the NSW Government’s Advisory Committee for cardiovascular research since 2018. He said this success highlights the strength of cardiovascular research in the Illawarra.

“It is important to recognise that competitive cardiovascular research is going on not only in Sydney but also regional NSW.”

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