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Every day brings us closer to finding a cure for cardiovascular disease - New Zealand's number one killer. Here is the latest from our research laboratories.

Do we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it?

Do we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it?

One of the most beautiful things about the human body is its resilience and its ability to adapt to physical demands like exercise training. If you undertake exercise that’s physically challenging, your body will adapt to this stress to ensure the same activity feels slightly easier in the future. But is this adaptation a blessing or a curse? Could we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it? And what can you do about it?

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Illuminate 2017: Celebrating science and curiosity

Illuminate 2017: Celebrating science and curiosity
The Heart Research Institute’s annual Awards for Excellence dinner, Illuminate, was recently held to celebrate and recognise some of our most up-and-coming scientists and showcase to our supporters some of the advances we are making in our mission to fight cardiovascular disease.
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Meet the team: Bob Lee

Meet the team: Bob Lee

Originally from Christchurch, Bob Lee has experienced the research environment on both sides of the Tasman Sea. But while his life is currently in Sydney, Australia where the HRI is based, the ties to home remain strong for Bob. 

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Gout Drug Mends Broken Hearts

Gout Drug Mends Broken Hearts

A drug used to treat arthritis has been found to clear clogged arteries in heart attack survivors, world-first HRI research shows.

The landmark discovery by Associate Professor Sanjay Patel, Leader of the Cell Therapeutics Group, and his team at the HRI paves the way for a cheap, simple and effective treatment regime that could protect thousands of heart patients from future attacks that might kill them or further damage their heart. 

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