R25 million grant for collaborative heart research in the global South

29 October 2012

Prof Karen SliwaHeart-warming: Prof Karen Sliwa of the Hatter Institute believes a recently-awarded R25 million grant will boost a range of collaborative research projects to reduce inequality in heart disease in the global South.

Professor Karen Sliwa, director of UCT's Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research in Africa, has (together with several Australian collaborators) been awarded a R25 million research grant by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

The grant will go towards building research capacity in reducing inequality in heart disease in South Africa and Australia. One of the research projects for which the money is earmarked is the Hatter Institute's Heart of Africa Study. The money will go towards supporting PhD students and paying for equipment and running expenses. The grant period is from 2013 to 2017.

Sliwa's long-time collaborator, Professor Simon Stewart of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and Honorary Professor at the Hatter Institute, is among the chief investigators for this grant.

"This is one of a few South-South collaborations," Sliwa said in reaction to the good news.

"The funding will strengthen our collaboration with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute."

"I am delighted that these funds will allow us to move forward with research projects aimed at a reduction of the precursors of heart disease in pregnancy, or identifying those conditions earlier to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular disease," she added.

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