WA Health trio win heart research grants

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WA researchers were awarded grants in the latest round of Heart Foundation research funding
August 28, 2017

Congratulations to the WA Health researchers awarded research grants in the latest round of Heart Foundation research funding.

The recipients, Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) researchers Andrew Maiorana and Louise Naylor and Royal Perth Hospital researcher Frank Sanfilippo were awarded their grants at a recent Heart Foundation event.

All three were awarded the Foundation’s Vanguard Grants, which are given for projects that test the feasibility of innovative concepts in public health or health services.

Vanguard grants can also be used for concept studies that have the potential to improve cardiovascular health in the short-term.

Associate Professor Maiorana, Professional Lead of Exercise Physiology at FSH was awarded funding to study the effectiveness of exercising in water for people with heart disease.

Dr Naylor, a senior exercise physiologist at FSH, will be seeking insights into the early detection of cardiac injury in childhood cancer survivors, to enable optimal interventions.

Dr Sanfilippo, a senior pharmacist at Royal Perth Hospital, will use his grant to undertake a linked data project. It will investigate the minimum level of adherence to prescribed medication by heart disease patients before their health outcomes are compromised. The study will also develop a method to measure adherence to a medication regimen in data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.