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2022

Artificial intelligence pioneers fund next generation of researchers

The founders of global tech company Appen, Julia and Chris Vonwiller, will fund a $1 million acceleration of the University’s Digital Sciences Initiative (DSI).

The gift will support renowned researcher (and SOLVE AI) Professor Gemma Figtree’s collaboration with the DSI in her quest to achieve the ‘holy grail’ of cardiac disease research – the discovery of blood-based biomarkers that indicate the earliest signs of heart disease.  Read more here.

[NEW PAPER] Cost-Effectiveness and Budget Impact Analysis of Implementing a 'Soft Opt-Out' System for Kidney Donation in Australia, published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2022)

A huge congratulations to the below SOLVE-CHD team members on their recent leadership positions:

  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack, and SOLVE PhD Student Dion Candelaria are the CPC EMCR Committe members for 2022-2024
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun, and Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are part of the EMCR Working group for NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in CAD
  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are on the NSW/ACT ACRA Professional Development Committee
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun and Research Fellow Dr Matthew Hollings are Executives of the CSANZ Allied Health, Science and Technology Council
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun is the Chair of Professional Development Subcommitee at Westmead Hub EMCR Committee and an Associate Editior of npj Digital Medicine

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Gauci on her PhD completion - WELL DONE SARAH!

Read Dr Sarah Gauci’s article ‘An expert’s guide to brain-healthy cooking and eating’ for a guide on the pillars of health, good for the body, good for the brain foods, foods to avoid, practical tips and a daily guide to brain-healthy eating with receipes to follow!

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Biology, Bias, or Both? The Contribution of Sex and Gender to the Disparity in Cardiovascular Outcomes Between Women and Men, published in the Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2022

Read this new paper published by SOLVE Associate Research Fellow Dr Sarah Gauci and SOLVE investigators Prof Adrienne O’Neil, Dr Susie Cartledge, Prof Julie Redfern, Prof Robyn Gallagher and team titled ‘Biology, Bias, or Both? The Contribution of Sex and Gender to the Disparity in Cardiovascular Outcomes Between Women and Men’ published in the Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2022

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Sensitivity and specificity of 5 min cognitive screening tests in patients with acute coronary syndrome, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Read this new paper published by SOLVE investigators Prof Robyn Gallagher and Prof Adrian Bauman, and SOLVE PhD student Joseph Weddell, and team titled ‘Sensitivity and specificity of 5 min cognitive screening tests in patients with acute coronary syndrome’ published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

 Read more here. 

SOLVE-CHD to have a huge presense at CSANZ 2022 and ACRA Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 at the Gold Coast

  • Prof Julie Redfern to give the invited Allied Health, Science and Technology Lecture at CSANZ ASM, titled ‘Innovative interventions to improve secondary prevention for cardiovascular disease
  • Mr Rob Zecchin to give the invited Cardiovascular Nurse Lecture at CSANZ ASM, titled ‘In the Footsteps of Cardiovascular Giants. A Reflective Journey of Collaboration, Collegiality and Change as a Nurse Clinician-Researcher’
  • Dr Matthew Hollings and team whose abstract was accepted for the Allied Health and Technology Prize presentation at the CSANZ ASM
  • Dr Ling Zhang and team whose abstract was accepted for the Cardiovascular Nursing Research Prize presentation at the CSANZ ASM
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Ling ZhangDr Matthew HollingsDr Sarah GauciDion CandelariaRebecca RaesideDeborah Manandi and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations at the CSANZ ASM
  • Prof Julie Redfern to give the Alan Goble Oration Keynote Presentation titled ‘Learning from the past to move to the future of cardiac rehabilitation’
  • Prof Robyn Gallagher to deliver the SOLVE-CHD Workshop: Using Electronic Data in Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Ling Zhang and team whose abstracts were accepted for the Clinical Prize Session presentation at the ACRA ASM
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Sarah Gauci and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations at the ACRA ASM
We look forward to these presentations and posters! 

[NEW PAPER] Trends and Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Prospective, Multi-Site Study of 41,739 Patients From the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (2017–2020) Heart, Lung and Circulation

Read this new paper published by Dr Susie Cartledge and team titled Trends and Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Prospective, Multi-Site Study of 41,739 Patients From the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (2017–2020) published in Heart, Lung and Circulation

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Attendance of Secondary Cardiac Prevention Programmes for Indigenous New Zealanders published in Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases

Read this new paper published by Geoff Kira titled Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Attendance of Secondary Cardiac Prevention Programmes for Indigenous New Zealanders published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases 

 Read more here. 

Rebecca Raeside was awarded the 2022 CSANZ Research Scholarship

CONGRATULATIONS to Rebecca Raeside who was was awarded the 2022 CSANZ Research Scholarship! Read more about Rebecca’s project and her scholarship here. 

Lemma Bulto was awarded the Doctoral Research Medal award from the University of Adelaide

CONGRATULATIONS to Lemma Bulto who was presented with the Doctoral Research Medal award from the University of Adelaide for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

[NEW PAPER] Historical Context of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Learning From the Past to Move to the Future published in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

Read this new paper published by SOLVE investigators, Prof Julie Redfern, Prof Robyn Gallagher, Prof Adrienne O’Neil, Prof Adrian Bauman, Prof Garry Jennings, Prof David Brieger and Prof Tom Briffa.

 Read more here. 

Prof Jeroen Hendriks selected for induction into the Sigma Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame 2022 and has recently been appointed as Deputy Editor for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

A HUGE Congratulations to Prof Hendriks who was inducted in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This year marks the 13th presentation of the prestigious Hall of Fame honor. The 2022 inductees will join 238 previously inducted nurse researchers, all of whom have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves. Read more here. 

Prof Jeroen Hendriks has recently been appointed Deputy Editor for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 

2 NEW PAPERS by Research Fellow, Dr Clara Zwack.

SOLVE-CHD Research Fellow, Dr Clara Zwack has recently published two new papers:

1. Exploration of diet, physical activity, health knowledge and the cardiometabolic profile of young adults with intellectual disability, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Click here to read more. 

2. Stress and social isolation, and its relationship to cardiovascular risk in young adults with intellectual disability, published in Disability Rehabilitation. Click here to read more. 

NSW Women of the year Award 2022

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Julie Redfern who was celebrated at the NSW Women of the year Awards for her research in heart health and work inspiring early career researchers.

Click here to read more

NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award

Another CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Julie Redfern who was presented with the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award – Health Services (Leadership).                

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‘Doing your own research’ – what you need to know

Read this article by Prof Adrienne O’Neil, it provides 5 tips for ‘doing your own research’ and in turn increasing your chances of getting access to the latest advances in mental health research in a safe way. Read more here.

 

Spreading the word – why SciComm and nurses are a perfect match, especially during a pandemic

Read this article by Dr Susie Cartledge, talking about the role of nurses in providing health education to the community, especially during a pandemic. Click here to read more. 

CPC New Research Node: SOLVE-CHD

In 2021, SOVLVE-CHD has officially become a new research node at Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation led by Prof Julie Redfern.

The SOLVE CHD multidisciplinary initiative is closely in-line with the CPC research strategy which will address identified major gaps in secondary prevention space of cardiovascular disease.SOLVE CHD will be able to build capacity through a range of programs, offer training, mentoring, co-funding and educational opportunities to CPC and USYD Community.

The new SOLVE CHD Node will combine with the previous “Preventive Cardiology Node”  to provide a more expanded version now that Prof Robyn Gallagher and Prof Julie Redfern have been successful with a NHMRC Synergy grant to support this area of work. Click here to read more

Such data falls into the cardio-metabolic area so there is a great potential that our work could be shared in other CPC Project Nodes such as Digital solutions in cardiovascular diseases prevention as well as Wireless Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Energy Expenditure, and Health Literacy. We also believe the node integrates across Population and Solutions Domains of the CPC.

FIRST EVER ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Nursing

SOLVE-CHD CI Prof Robyn Gallagher co-authored 3 chapters (Chapter 11. Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation; Chapter 13. Patient Education and communication; Chapter 15. Looking forward: the future of cardiovascular care) in the European Society of Cardiology’s first Textbook of Cardiovasular Nursing. 

SOLVE-CHD Stakeholder Prof Jeroen Hendriks co-authored Chapter 7. Care of the patient with cardiac arrhythmias. 

Click here to read these chapters

 

                                                        YouTube Interview by Dr Christian Verdicchio 

Christian Verdicchio was interviewed by MyCareChannel to talks about cardiac rehab and exercise and lifestyle in patients with AF and heart disease at Day of Hearts, Valentine’s Day Special, view the full interview here. 

2 NEW PAPERS by PhD Candiate, Dion Candelaria!

SOLVE-CHD PhD Candiate, Dion Candelaria, published two new papers:

1. Remote-delivered cardiac rehabilitation during COVID-19: a prospective cohort comparison of health-related quality of life outcomes and patient experience, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Click here to read more. 

2. Validation of the PROMIS-29v2 Health-Related Quality-of-Life Questionnaire in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease Participating in Remote Cardiac Rehabilitation, published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. Click here to read more. 

Navigating the Online World of Lifestyle Health Information: Qualitative Study With Adolescents.

SOLVE-CHD PhD Student, Rebecca Raeside, recently published a new paper in JMIR Pedaitrics and parenting titled: Navigating the Online World of Lifestyle Health Information: Qualitative Study With Adolescents. Click here to read more. 

Australian Stroke & Heart Research Accelerator (ASHRA) Director, SOLVE AI Professor Clara Chow

Congratulations to Professor Clara Chow who was appointed as the Director of the newly established research center, Australian Stroke & Heart Research Accelerator. ASHRA has been awarded $10 million over four years through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. Click here to read more.

TOP 10 articles downloaded from Heart, Lung and Circulation during 2021

Dr Karice Hyun’s paper titled Gender Difference in Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Outcomes Following the Survival of Acute Coronary Syndrome was one of the top 10 articles downloaded from  Heart, Lung and Circulation during 2021. Click here to read more. 

2021

NEW PAPER ALERT! Telehealth is here to stay but not without challenges: a consultation of cardiac rehabilitation clinicians during COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia.

Dr Susie Cartledge has recently published a new paper in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing titled: Telehealth is here to stay but not without challenges: a consultation of cardiac rehabilitation clinicians during COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia. Click here to read more. 

EDITORIAL! 

Future-proofing your research career post-PhD: top tips for doctoral students

SOLVE PhD Student Dion Candelaria, SOLVE CI Professor Robyn Gallagher and Dr Jeroen Hendriks have recently published a new paper in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing titled: Future-proofing your research career post-PhD: top tips for doctoral students. Click here to read more. 

 

SOLVE CIA Professor Julie Redfern was awarded the University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership

A huge congratulations to Professor Julie Redfern!

A huge congratulations to our SOLVE-CHD Investigators

Co-director of Food Mood Centre at Deakin University

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Professor Adrienne O’Neil for being promoted to Level E Professorship and appointed as the Co-director of the Food Mood Centre at Deakin University

Precinct Academic Director Nursing/Pharmacy

Another big congratulations to Professor Robyn Gallagher who was appointed as the Precinct Academic Director Nursing/Pharmacy for Northern Sydney Local Health District, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney

 

Big Data Lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative 

A massive congratulations to SOLVE CHD AI Dr Karice Hyun who was appointed the Big Data Lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative, University of Sydney

Dr Christian Verdicchio was appointed as the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC) Young Ambassador for Australia 

Congratulations to SOLVE CHD Senior Clinical Lecturer Dr Christian Verdicchio for being appointed as the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC) Young Ambassador for Australia 

Dr Christina Verdicchio’s Radio Interview with Dr Ross Walker on Healthy Living: talking about our Heart Wellness Program & research in AF & exercise. Click here to listen

NEW PAPER ALERT! Shorter Wait Times to Cardiac Rehabilitation Associated With Greater Exercise Capacity Improvements

SOLVE CHD PhD Scholarship Recipient Mr Dion Candelaria has recently published a new paper on Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention titled: Shorter Wait Times to Cardiac Rehabilitation Associated With Greater Exercise Capacity Improvements

Congratulations Dion, also for being awarded the Best Oral Presentation Award at Singapore Prevention & Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium (SPCRS 2021)

Dion was also awarded the Paulette Isabel Jones Postgraduate Research Completion Scholarship. 

NHMRC Investigator Grants 2021

Congratulations to Prof Julie Redfern at the University of Syndey for being awarded the NHMRC Investigator Grant $2.87m for Modernising cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of heart disease

Congratulations to A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil at Deakin University for being awarded the NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant $1.567M to lead a five-year project Translating lifestyle-based mental health care into practice. Click here to read more. 

Co-lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative Implementation and Policy pipeline

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Hollings for being appointed as the Co-lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative Implementation and Policy pipeline at the University of Sydney and the Academic Board Member at the University of Sydney.

Dr Hollings also won the EMCR People’s Choice Award at The HEART Pitch hosted by the National Heart Foundation and NSW CVRV on 17th September – Well done Matt!!!

Recipient A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil 

Congratulations to A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil for being awarded the 2021 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award for her innovative, high community impact research in mental and cardiovascular health. Read full article

Radio Interview: A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil with Ross and Russel re Victorian researchers test whether we can eat and exercise ourselves into good mental health for her CLAM Trial. Click here to listen

2021 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Prof Robyn Gallagher, one of 225 distinguished nurse leaders worldwide inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing for significant contributions to health & health care! Such an outstanding achievement!

Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens Birthday Honours

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Emeritus Prof Adrian Bauman for the award of Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens Birthday Honours list for his distinguished services to public health, prevention of chronic disease, and tertiary education!

2020

SOLVE CHD: Transforming post-hospital care for people with heart disease

Sydney researchers and clinicians have been awarded an inaugural $5 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Synergy Grant for a project that will reform cardiac rehabilitation and care for people with heart disease.

The grant was awarded to the project: Solving the long-standing evidence-practice gap associated with cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (SOLVE-CHD). The goal of the project is to modernise after-hospital care, provide the best quality support to more patients and reduce the number of people who die or have to be readmitted to the hospital. Read full article