Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand.1
That's more than 8 women a day or about 60 each week.1
And 12 scientific groups each conducting research into a specific aspect of cardiovascular disease.
While treatments for arterial blockages have previously been very limited, new stem cell research by our Cell Therapeutics Group is demonstrating that it’s actually possible for the body to grow new blood vessels. Not only that, these blood vessels can substantially increase blood flow.
Scientists in our Thrombosis Group has discovered a potential way to improve the world's only stroke drug, a breakthrough which may better protect stroke sufferers from brain injury.
Scientists in our Immunobiology and Translational Research and Bioengineering Groups are working together to develop the world’s first stent coating technology using a biomimicry approach that fools the body so that it integrates with the foreign stent.
1. Ministry of Health (2015) Mortality and Demographic data 2012. Wellington: Ministry of Health