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Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading killer and requires a global collaborative effort to better understand its causes and complications.

The Heart Research Institute (HRI) was established in 1989 as a world-class research institute that performs groundbreaking cardiovascular research. We currently collaborate with over 60 teams across 25 countries.

New Zealanders are playing a major role in the fight against cardiovascular disease.

Our global reach

The Heart Research Institute (NZ) is a member of The Heart Research Institute group. The funds raised by HRI in New Zealand go directly to scientific research, helping find solutions to this global health challenge.

Simultaneously, HRI is fostering scientific excellence in New Zealand, and developing research collaborations and opportunities that support emerging New Zealand talent.

We recruit the best scientists from around the world and collaborate with universities and research laboratories in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Our research takes us far and wide to present findings at international conferences and publish our work in leading international journals and magazines.

Collaborations across the Tasman

A number of collaborations over the years have allowed great science to flourish across the Tasman.

These include our work in collaboration with the University of Auckland that 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.

Advancing the next generation of medical researchers

We regularly run NZ Scholarship Programs to provide promising young Kiwi students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored by world leaders in cardiovascular disease research.