Professor Bob Graham of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is leading an Australian first research program which now has hundreds of Australian SCAD survivors, including some families with more than one affected member participating. The Institute’s researchers are looking to identify genetic variations that contribute to the development of this disease
“The underlying defect causing SCAD is entirely unknown, however, our work and that of others suggests that it is most likely due to a gene change that enhances susceptibility to vessel rupture. Our purpose is to better understand, treat and prevent SCAD by identifying factors that predispose the coronary artery to spontaneous tearing.
Our objectives are to investigate the genetics and cell biology, as well as blood pressure and heart function responses, of our familial SCAD survivors versus controls. Our research would bring together multi-disciplinary, internationally-competitive researchers to dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying SCAD, with the objective of identifying targets for the development of effective preventative and treatment strategies, irrespective of ethnicity.”
All SCAD Survivors are encouraged to join this research program, and can register or found out more by emailing here.