New South Wales CVRN Awards Celebrate Excellence in Cardiovascular Research

Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation and the New South Wales Cardiovascular Research Network (NSW CVRN) are proud to announce the winners of its prestigious awards for 2023, recognising outstanding contributions and emerging talents in cardiovascular research.

The awards ceremony, held last night, was attended by Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley and Minister for Medical Research David Harris MP, who presented four Ministerial Awards. This year, the Showcase highlighted First Nations Heart Health, emphasising the ground-breaking research from some of the network’s leading researchers having a positive impact in First Nations communities.

“The New South Wales CVRN, like those the Heart Foundation supports in the other states, is more than an alliance – it’s a commitment to enhancing and supporting cardiovascular research in the state through collaboration, innovation and recognition,” Heart Foundation NSW CVRN manager Alison Ainsworth said.

“This awards ceremony is a celebration of the dedication and excellence demonstrated by our researchers in their pursuit of a healthier, heart-strong future for all.

“More than simply honouring individual achievements, it showcases the collective effort in advancing cardiovascular research for the good of the state, the nation and the world.”

The recipients are:

Ministerial Award for PhD Rising Star in Cardiovascular Research: Dr. Nelson Wang

Dr. Nelson Wang, a Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, received the Ministerial Award for PhD Rising Star in Cardiovascular Research. Dr. Wang’s work has focused on cardiovascular disease prevention through blood pressure and cholesterol management. His research has informed clinical practice guidelines and advanced our understanding of the importance of controlling risk factors earlier in life, why people who need treatment do not receive it and using the best quality evidence to guide treatment. His research has been published in esteemed journals like The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, JAMA Cardiology, and Journal of American College of Cardiology, and fostered global collaborations, with landmark contributions in Nature Medicine.

Ministerial Award for Rising Star in Cardiovascular Research: Dr. Jessica Orchard

Dr. Jessica Orchard, currently a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow at The University of Sydney, was honoured with the Ministerial Award for Rising Star in Cardiovascular Research.

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