AMOSS receives grant for world-first study on cardiac disease in pregnancy

October, 2016

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, with an outstanding team of investigators including cardiac and obstetric medicine and Aboriginal health, has been awarded the Heart Foundation NSW Cardiovascular Network Women and Heart Disease Grant for 2016. This grant, the only one awarded in 2016, will conduct the first-ever NSW longitudinal population-based study of first-time mothers with cardiac disease and their babies. While it’s recognised that the additional workload on the heart during pregnancy can result in sometimes catastrophic complications, the long term impact of pregnancy on surviving women is poorly understood. The study will establish a national research resource that provides an evidence base to governments, clinicians, advocacy groups and women of reproductive age with heart disease. The CVRN funding will be supported by the University of Technology Sydney with a doctoral scholarship and data linkage funding. The study is led by Chief Investigator Professor Sullivan, and additional Chief Investigators: Dr Rachael Cordina, Dr Lisa Simmons, Professor Michael Peek, Dr. Marilyn Clarke and Professor David Celermajer. 

UTS Faculty of Health staff (L-R): Jane Phillips, Elizabeth Sullivan, Phillip Newton, Louise Hickman, Sally Inglis and Caleb Ferguson.

The AMOSS team celebrate receiving the grant (L-R): Geraldine Vaughan, Elizabeth Sullivan and Zhuoyang Li.