Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Inflammation Group

About the Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Inflammation Group

Heart disease is the number one killer in our community. The underlying basis of it is the thickening of arteries by the pathological process of atherosclerosis; an occlusive disease of arteries that causes heart attacks and strokes. While a high fat diet plays an initiating role, inflammatory and immunological mechanisms play essential roles in the progression of lesions to advanced vulnerable plaques, the rupture of which triggers thrombotic occlusion of arteries supplying the heart and brain.

In collaboration with Professor Alex Bobik of the Baker Institute & Diabetes Institute our efforts are directed towards a precise understanding the role of the innate and adaptive immune system in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. We're using this new-found knowledge in clinical settings to treat and significantly reduce mortality from heart attacks and strokes.

Group heads

Professor Ban-Hock Toh

Professor Ban-Hock Toh held appointments at universities in Singapore (1967-1968) and  Malaysia (1969-1970), before joining Monash University in 1972. His track record includes over  200 publications, including 7 letters to Nature and 19 book chapters. He  is internationally recognised for his work on autoimmune gastritis and  pernicious anaemia.

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Adj Assoc Prof Peter Tipping

A/Prof Peter Tipping is an NH&MRC Principal Research Fellow, who has been continuously funded by the NHMRC for the past 20 years and has supervised 18 honours students and 13 PhD students over this period.  He is clinician/scientist with expertise in animal models of human inflammatory diseases and has received international recognition for work using mouse models to dissect the pathogenic mechanisms in crescentic glomerulonephritis.

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Professor Alex Bobik

Professor Alex Bobik is an internationally recognised vascular biologist with 40 years of research experience in vascular biology and cardiovascular disease. He published more than 225 original research papers on cardiovascular disease-hypertension, restenosis and atherosclerosis.

Find out more about Baker Institute and Professor Alex Bobik.

Our staff

Meet the Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Inflammation Group.

Research interests

Collaborating with our research partners, we are undertaking the following research in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular inflammation.


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