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Improving outcomes following cardiac arrest

Associate Professor Dion Stub, Institution: Monash University

2017 Future Leader Fellowship

Years funded: 2018-2021


Despite significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, emergencies of cardiac arrest and heart attack continue to be a major challenge, with unacceptably high mortality and morbidity.

Even following successful resuscitation, many people do not recover due to the inflammation caused by a lack of blood flow.

This study will build on recent work by our team at Monash University in developing new therapies for patients with cardiac arrest, with our team reporting one of the highest international survival rates following these cardiac emergencies.

Through a series of clinical trials, we will investigate novel treatment strategies, involving important aspects of pre-hospital care, Intensive Care and early treatments for heart attacks.

We will determine the impact and injury to the heart, brain and circulation. Together, this research has the potential to improve treatment and systems of care in a large cohort of patients who currently have poor outcomes.

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