Within SAHMRI, Professor Steve Nicholls is the inaugural SAHMRI Heart Foundation Heart Health Theme Leader and the Director of the Vascular Research Centre, whose mission is to develop new strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease involving a translational program spanning preclinical human and clinical trial research.
Professor Nicholls and team are working to develop a research program that will advance the ability to prevent, detect and treat a range of cardiovascular disease states.
In particular, the team is bringing together laboratory-based scientists, clinical researchers and clinical trialists to develop translational research programs that will seek to improve our ability to tackle the major challenges of diseases of blood vessels, diseases that lead to heart failure and electrical disorders of the heart.
The Heart Health theme at SAHMRI focuses on (I) diseases of blood vessels, (ii) heart structure and function and (iii) heart rhythm disorders and represents investigators from all universities across Adelaide. Within the theme, the Vascular Research Centre undertakes a broad translational research program which spans from early discoveries at the laboratory bench through to studies at the bedside, clinical trials and use of new therapies in health care systems. Our research focuses predominantly on the molecular pathways driving formation of atherosclerosis, the impact of plasma lipoproteins and metabolic factors and development of novel imaging approaches. As a foundation partner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) we also work closely with physics and chemistry researchers to develop novel approaches to studying blood vessels at a cellular and organ based level.
We have a number of potential research projects for both Honours and PhD students with the potential for scholarship top up to the most outstanding potential candidates.