Cardiovascular Research Unit

Head: Professor Andrew Tonkin

Current Research

NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence:

  • Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AUS-ROC)
  • Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Therapeutics (CCRE)
  • National Centre of Research Excellence for Peripheral Arterial Disease (NCRE-PAD)

Research projects:

  • ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study, a large-scale, placebo controlled clinical trial studying the effect of aspirin on healthy lifespan, and in its related substudies
  • Does statin use have a disease modifying effect in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis? A multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
  • Examining GWAS-identified loci of interest in predicting coronary events in subjects with known coronary heart disease: The LIPID genetic study
  • Metabolomic insights into the pathogenesis and risk assessment of unstable coronary artery disease

Previous Research

  • The LIPID Study: 16 year outcomes and their predictors of risk and their interactions in CHD patients
  • UNIVERSE (Placebo controlled trial of the effects of Rosuvastatin)
  • ECHIDNAs (Epidemiology of chronic diseases and DNA studies)
  • HAT (Home Automated Defibrillator Trial)
  • CHAT (Chronic Heart failure Assisted by Telephone study)
  • Absolute Risk
  • ACE Heart Study -Improving the cost effectiveness of health services for the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease.
  • The CHD Prevention Model - Cost-effectiveness of interventions for cardiovascular disease in Australia.
  • Cost of Myocardial Infarction and heart failure in the Community (CosMIC)
  • Epidemiology of hypertension in Australia
  • Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study Risk and determinants of fatal and non-fatal coronary heart disease within the study.
  • Improving cost effectiveness of health services for the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease
  • Take Heart
  • IT Medical Modelling - Prevention Model for Cardiovascular Disease in Australia.
  • A Pilot for a Victorian Cohort Study (ViCS)



  • Ms Allison Byrnes

Honorary Staff