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New drug hope to target silent killer

An exciting new treatment for very high blood pressure is on the horizon after a world-first discovery
“Working with the leaders in cardiovascular research in Australia and learning lab techniques is something I really enjoyed." “Working with the leaders in cardiovascular research in Australia and learning lab techniques is something I really enjoyed."

“Working with the leaders in cardiovascular research in Australia and learning lab techniques is something I really enjoyed."

- Keith, University of Auckland
“Science is our only hope to save the planet” “Science is our only hope to save the planet”

“Science is our only hope to save the planet”

Professor David Celermajer's keynote address challenges how we think about medical research.

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. Today's research is tomorrow's cure. 

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Heart Disease is the number one killer of New Zealand women. 1
65% of New Zealanders are overweight or obese. 2
Almost half of New Zealanders are not doing the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day.3

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The Heart Research Institute (NZ) is a registered charity in New Zealand and funds vital research into the World’s Number 1 killer - Cardiovascular disease. Donations to The Heart Research Institute (NZ) do not go towards the NZ Heart Foundation.

Sources: 
1 World Health Organisation (2013) Women’s health fact sheet N334: World Health Organisation.
2, 3 NZ Health Survey: Annual update 2013-2014, Ministry of Health.