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Ana Holley image

PhD (VUW), MBmedSc (VUW), BSc (Massey)

Background

I completed both my Masters and PhD in Biomedical Science through Victoria University of Wellington, before undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship here at the University of Otago, Wellington campus. The main focus of my research has always been centred in developing better scoring tools for stratifying risk in cardiac disease. Identifying patients who are at increased risk of adverse clinical events means patient management can be personalised in order to improve patient outcomes.

My current research uses a mixture of molecular and genetic techniques in order to identify biomarkers relating to inflammation, small RNA molecules and genetic variants measured in patients who have suffered a heart attack. My research is done through Wellington Cardiovascular Research Group, and we work closely with cardiologists from Wellington Hospital in how we can best apply biomedical information so patients can benefit from better risk assessment models.

There are several postgraduate research opportunities (Honours, Masters, PhD) available in this field through the Wellington Cardiovascular Research Group.

Contact details

Department of Surgery & Anaesthesia
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South

Email ana.holley@otago.ac.nz

Dr Holley's Health Sciences database profile page

Current roles

  • Lecturer, Surgery and Anaesthesia
  • Scientist, Wellington Cardiovascular Research Group
  • Postgraduate Biomedical Seminar Series Co-ordinator

Research expertise

  • Translational Cardiovascular Medicine

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Publications

Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A. S., Bird, G. K., Kristono, G. A., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2022). Examining variation and temporal dynamics of extracellular matrix biomarkers following acute myocardial infarction. Biomarkers in Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2217/bmm-2021-0531

Yiu, J. Y. T., Hally, K. E., Larsen, P. D., & Holley, A. S. (2022). Increased levels of low density neutrophils (LDNs) in myocardial infarction. Acta Cardiologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00015385.2021.2015145

Kristono, G., Holley, A., Hally, K., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Shi, B., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2021). Using principal component analysis to create prognostic cytokine scores for adverse outcome in acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 30(Suppl. 2), (pp. S57-S58). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2021.05.003

Gunawardene, A., Manning, S., Holley, A., Kristono, G., Danielson, K., Shekouh, A., Larsen, P., & Dennett, E. (2021). An IL8-CEA combined score is stage-specific in colorectal cancer. Surgery, Gastroenterology & Oncology, 26(4), 284-290. doi: 10.21614/sgo-26-4-401

Rogan, A., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A., McQuade, D. d., & Larsen, P. (2021). Can serum biomarkers be used to rule out significant intracranial pathology in emergency department patients with mild traumatic brain injury? A systemic review & meta-analysis. Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.10.015

Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A. S., Bird, G. K., Kristono, G. A., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2022). Examining variation and temporal dynamics of extracellular matrix biomarkers following acute myocardial infarction. Biomarkers in Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2217/bmm-2021-0531

Journal - Research Article

Yiu, J. Y. T., Hally, K. E., Larsen, P. D., & Holley, A. S. (2022). Increased levels of low density neutrophils (LDNs) in myocardial infarction. Acta Cardiologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00015385.2021.2015145

Journal - Research Article

Brunton-O'Sullivan, M. M., Holley, A. S., Hally, K. E., Kristono, G. A., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2021). A combined biomarker approach for characterising extracellular matrix profiles in acute myocardial infarction. Scientific Reports, 11, 12705. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-92108-z

Journal - Research Article

Gunawardene, A., Manning, S., Holley, A., Kristono, G., Danielson, K., Shekouh, A., Larsen, P., & Dennett, E. (2021). An IL8-CEA combined score is stage-specific in colorectal cancer. Surgery, Gastroenterology & Oncology, 26(4), 284-290. doi: 10.21614/sgo-26-4-401

Journal - Research Article

Rogan, A., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A., McQuade, D. d., & Larsen, P. (2021). Can serum biomarkers be used to rule out significant intracranial pathology in emergency department patients with mild traumatic brain injury? A systemic review & meta-analysis. Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.10.015

Journal - Research Article

Hally, K. E., Holley, A. S., Kristono, G. A., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2020). Immunoglobulin G levels predicts risk of recurrent adverse cardiovascular events in myocardial infarction patients. Acta Cardiologica, 75(6), 497-502. doi: 10.1080/00015385.2019.1611189

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Kristono, G. A., Holley, A. S., Hally, K. E., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M. M., Shi, B., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2020). An IL-6-IL-8 score derived from principal component analysis is predictive of adverse outcome in acute myocardial infarction. Cytokine: X, 2, 100037. doi: 10.1016/j.cytox.2020.100037

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Kristono, G. A., Holley, A. S., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2020). White blood cell subtypes as predictors of adverse cardiac events. Coronary Artery Disease, 31(5), 446-450. doi: 10.1097/mca.0000000000000860

Journal - Research Article

Kristono, G. A., Holley, A. S., Lakshman, P., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M. M., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2020). Association between inflammatory cytokines and long-term adverse outcomes in acute coronary syndromes: A systematic review. Heliyon, 6(4), e03704. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03704

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Harding, S. A., Holley, A., Wilkins, B., Fairley, S., Simmonds, M., & Larsen, P. D. (2017). Contemporary antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndromes: Are there differences in outcomes and discontinuation between clopidogrel and ticagrelor? Internal Medicine Journal, 47(11), 1298-1305. doi: 10.1111/imj.13595

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Holley, A., Pitman, J., Miller, J., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2017). Glutathione peroxidase activity and expression levels are significantly increased in acute coronary syndromes. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 65(5), 919-925. doi: 10.1136/jim-2016-000361

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Larsen, P. D., Holley, A. S., Sasse, A., Al-Sinan, A., Fairley, S., & Harding, S. A. (2017). Comparison of Multiplate and VerifyNow platelet function tests in predicting clinical outcome in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Thrombosis Research, 152, 14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2017.02.006

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Matsis, K., Holley, A., Al-Sinan, A., Matsis, P., Larsen, P. D., & Harding, S. A. (2017). Differing clinical characteristics between young and older patients presenting with myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(6), 566-571. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.09.007

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Holley, A. S., Miller, J. H., Larsen, P. D., & Harding, S. A. (2016). Relationship between glutathione peroxidase, platelet reactivity, and reactive oxygen species in an acute coronary syndrome population. Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science, 46(6), 639-644.

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Holley, A., Harding, S., Sasse, A., Miller, J., & Larsen, P. (2016). Reduced glutathione peroxidase activity predicts increased cardiovascular risk following an acute coronary syndrome. International Cardiovascular Forum Journal, 6, 61-65. doi: 10.17987/icfj.v6i0.241

Journal - Research Article

Larsen, P. D., Johnston, L. R., Holley, A., La Flamme, A., Smyth, L., Chua, E. W., Kennedy, M. A., & Harding, S. A. (2015). Prevalence and significance of CYP2C19*2 and CYP2C19*17 alleles in a New Zealand acute coronary syndrome population. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(5), 537-545. doi: 10.1111/imj.12698

Journal - Research Article

Thunders, M., Holley, A., Harding, S., Stockwell, P., & Larsen, P. (2019). Using NGS-methylation profiling to understand the molecular pathogenesis of young MI patients who have subsequent cardiac events [Brief report]. Epigenetics, 14(6), 536-544. doi: 10.1080/15592294.2019.1605815

Journal - Research Other

Kristono, G., Holley, A., Hally, K., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Shi, B., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2021). Using principal component analysis to create prognostic cytokine scores for adverse outcome in acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 30(Suppl. 2), (pp. S57-S58). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2021.05.003

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Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A., Hally, K., Kristono, G., Bird, G., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2020). Examining the relationship between infarct size and circulating extracellular matrix biomarkers over acute and chronic phases of myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 29(Suppl. 2), (pp. S257-S258). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.09.495

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Fahmi, H., Laurie, A., Shepherd, P., Bhoothpur, C., Legget, M., Doughty, R., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Gladding, P. (2020). Clinical applications of polygenic risk scores in coronary artery disease and familial hypercholesterolaemia. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 29(Suppl. 1), (pp. S5-S6). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.05.017

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Holley, A., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2020). An analysis on gender disparities in a contemporary acute myocardial infarction (AMI) cohort. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 29(Suppl. 2), (pp. S235). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.09.447

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Kristono, G., Holley, A., Hally, K., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2020). Trends in inflammatory cytokine levels over acute and chronic phases of myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 29(Suppl. 2), (pp. S293). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.09.574

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Yiu, J., Hally, K., Holley, A., & Larsen, P. (2020). Circulating low-density neutrophils in acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 29(Suppl. 2), (pp. S242). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.09.464

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Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A., Hally, K., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2019). An exploratory factor analysis of circulating extracellular matrix biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 28(Suppl. 1), (pp. S14). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2019.05.039

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Gunawardene, A., Manning, S., Danielson, K., Holley, A., Kristono, G., Shekouh, A., Larsen, P., & Dennett, E. (2019). A combined IL8 and CEA score is an effective marker of metastatic colorectal cancer. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 89(Suppl. 1), (pp. 23). doi: 10.1111/ans.15180

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Kristono, G., Holley, A., Lakshman, P., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2019). A systematic review of inflammatory cytokines as predictors of long-term outcome in acute coronary syndromes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 28(Suppl. 1), (pp. S19). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2019.05.051

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Kirby, A., Holley, A., Aitken, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2018). Family history of premature coronary artery disease: Accuracy and predictor of risk. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 27(Suppl. 1), (pp. S26). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.05.159

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Kristono, G., Holley, A., Sasse, A., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2018). Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio as a prognostic marker in acute myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 27(Suppl. 2), (pp. S332-S333). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.645

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Fake, A., Holley, A., Kirby, A., Sasse, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). Evaluating the ability of bleeding risk scores and platelet reactivity to predict bleeding risk in those presenting with myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 2), (pp. S77). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.078

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Harding, S., Holley, A., Fairley, S., Wilkins, B., Simmonds, M., & Larsen, P. (2017). Contemporary antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndromes: Are there differences in outcomes and complications between clopidogrel and ticagrelor? Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 2), (pp. S292-S293). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.576

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Holley, A., Northcott, H., Gladding, P., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2017). Significant differences in genetic risk profiles between Maori and European presenting with myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 2), (pp. S307-S308). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.612

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Holley, A., Wilkins, B., Fairley, S., Ranchord, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). Prior myocardial infarction an independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular events. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 2), (pp. S91). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.110

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Kirby, A., Aitken, A., Simmonds, M., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). Readmission rates 30 days following myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 1), (pp. S17-S18). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.05.045

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Lim, R. Y., Holley, A., Fairley, S., Sasse, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). Ticagrelor use and platelet reactivity in Maori and diabetic patients with acute coronary syndromes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 1), (pp. S5). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.05.012

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O'Connor, M., Ranchord, A., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). What are the clinical and demographic characteristics of patients prescribed less than 12 months of Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy (DAPT) after an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) event? Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 1), (pp. S20). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.05.052

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Wilkins, B., Matsis, P., Simmonds, M., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2017). Ticagrelor use and the “treatment risk paradox” in elderly patients with acute coronary syndromes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 26(Suppl. 1), (pp. S7). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.05.018

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Holley, A., Al-Sinan, A., Fairley, S., Simmonds, M., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2016). Residual platelet reactivity measured by VerifyNow® is more predictive than Multiplate® of one year outcomes following acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Heart, Lung & Circulation, 25(Suppl. 2), (pp. S62). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.06.140

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Holley, A., Matsis, K., Northcott, H., Gladding, P., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2016). Genetic risk scoring in a young myocardial infarction (MI) population. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 25(Suppl. 2), (pp. S283-S284). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.06.664

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Harding, S., Fairley, S., Al-Sinan, A., Holley, A., Howard, C., Matsis, P., Aitken, A., & Larsen, P. (2015). Bleeding, dyspnoea and discontinuation in a real world ACS cohort treated with ticagrelor. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 24(Suppl. 3), (pp. S376). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.615

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Holley, A., Miller, J., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2015). Characterisation of the glutathione peroxidase system in coronary artery disease. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 24(Suppl. 3), (pp. S140). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.064

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Howard, C., Holley, A., Sasse, A., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2015). Is the incidence of high on treatment platelet reactivity (HOTPR) reduced in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients treated with ticagrelor? Heart, Lung & Circulation, 24(Suppl. 2), (pp. S100). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.04.126

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Hally, K., Johnston, L., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2014). Platelet count and platelet function testing in acute coronary syndromes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 23(Suppl. 1), (pp. e26). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.04.192

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Holley, A., Miller, J., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2014). Variability and prognostic significance of antioxidant enzymes in acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Heart, Lung & Circulation, 23(Suppl. 1), (pp. e27). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.04.196

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Legge, C., Al-Sinan, A., Holley, A., Johnston, L., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2014). Does timing of platelet function testing (PFT) contribute to variability in residual on-treatment platelet reactivity in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS)? Heart, Lung & Circulation, 23(Suppl. 1), (pp. e31). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.04.205

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Plunkett, S., Ranchord, A., Matsis, P., Holley, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2014). "Normal" coronary arteries in the setting of acute coronary syndromw: Frequency and outcomes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 23(Suppl. 1), (pp. e36-e37). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.04.222

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Holley, A. S., Johnston, L. R., Harding, S. A., & Larsen, P. D. (2013). Reduced glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is correlated with high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Heart, Lung & Circulation, 22(7), (pp. 560-561). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.04.033

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Holley, A., Johnston, L., Harding, S., & Larsen, P. (2013). High levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are associated with reduced glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Heart, Lung & Circulation, 22(Suppl. 1), (pp. S41). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.05.098

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Johnston, L., Smyth, L., Kennedy, M., Holley, A., Sasse, A., La Flamme, A., Larsen, P., & Harding, S. (2013). High on treatment platelet reactivity is associated with a higher risk of MACE in ACS patients: Diabetes and loss of function genotype the driving forces. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 22(7), (pp. 561). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.04.035

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Chen-Xu, M., Johnston, L., Holley, A., Sasse, A., Larsen, P. D., & Harding, S. A. (2012). Comparison of the Multiplate and VerifyNow assays for monitoring residual platelet reactivity after clopidogrel. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 21(8), (pp. 483-484). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.03.025

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Holley, A. S., Johnston, L. R., Chen-Xu, M., Sasse, A., Larsen, P. D., & Harding, S. A. (2012). Plasma antioxidant enzyme levels in acute coronary syndrome. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 21(8), (pp. 490). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.03.040

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