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HRI researchers discover how biomechanical thrombus growth is mediated

HRI researchers discover how biomechanical thrombus growth is mediated

Following injuries like a nick or cut, platelets that utilise the binding and signaling functions of an integrin called glycoprotein IIb/IIIa, or αIIbβ3, swarm the wound and clump together, forming a ‘plug’ or clot to stop blood loss. This first stage of wound healing is called hemostasis. However, this clumping of platelets can also cause deadly blood clots – thrombosis – which can lead to cardiovascular disorders such as heart attack or stroke.

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HRI welcomes Dr Ashish Misra as Unit Leader

HRI welcomes Dr Ashish Misra as Unit Leader

The Heart Research Institute welcomes Dr Ashish Misra as Unit Leader of the Atherosclerosis and Vascular Remodelling Group.

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Blood clot breakthrough a saviour for diabetics

Blood clot breakthrough a saviour for diabetics

A breakthrough by HRI scientists could soon protect tens of thousands of Australians with diabetes from killer heart disease and stroke.

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Heart patch helps stem cells work magic

Heart patch helps stem cells work magic

The Heart Research Institute is behind the invention of an innovative bio-material patch that can be loaded with a patient’s stem cells to help breathe life into dead tissue following a stroke or heart attack, dramatically improving a patient’s chance of full recovery.

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Heart screen could protect hundreds from stroke

Heart screen could protect hundreds from stroke

Testing Māori and Pacific people for an irregular heartbeat earlier could spare hundreds of people from stroke each year, a collaboration between University of Auckland researchers and the Heart Research Institute in Sydney has found. The research reveals for the first time that Māori and Pacific people develop an irregular heartbeat – a key risk factor for stroke – a decade earlier than other New Zealanders.

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