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Research areas of the Christchurch Heart Institute

Research volunteer having an echocardiogramOur team includes renowned cardiologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, biochemists and physiologists. Their focus is on:

  • New blood tests for heart attack diagnosis
  • Prediction and treatment of heart disease at our hospitals and in our communities

This research translates into:

  • Practical benefits
  • Improving the quality of treatment
  • Diagnosis for people in Christchurch and around the world

As locals, New Zealanders have benefited from our research. In some instances, up to 7 years before global adoption.

Our four research areas

Clinical Research (Cardiology)

Our clinical projects team investigate the neurohumoral aspects of common cardiovascular diseases including myocardial infarction, hypertension, atrial fibrillation and heart failure

Gamma tubes waiting to be testedTranslational Biodiscovery

Our Biochemistry and Cell Biology team currently focus on the development of novel biomarker assays for the diagnosis and prognosis of disease, in both clinical and pre-clinical settings.

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Our Molecular Biology Laboratory is investigating genetic variants that affect an individual’s susceptibility to the development and progression of coronary heart disease and heart failure.

The laboratory is also investigating how genes influence the underlying pathology of heart disease in mouse models of heart disease.

Physiology

Research interests of the physiology team include investigation of the cardiovascular, endocrine and renal integration of circulatory function and pressure/volume control in both health and disease.