Monthly Updates - July 2022

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the July edition of the SOLVE-CHD monthly updates 2022. This monthly e-newsletter will keep you up to date with the key progress of the SOLVE-CHD projects and provide updates on our events and initiatives. Simply 
email if you wish to share/add anything from your area that is directly/indirectly related to the SOLVE-CHD program. We would also strongly encourage you to share your research highlights and successes that is relevant to cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention with us so that we can celebrate your achievements with our network. 

  Key Updates and highlights 

  • SOLVE-CHD PhD Scholarship application at Deakin University is still open, date extended till 17th August, find out more now!

  • SOLVE-CHD is proud to offer conference support for EMCRs and HDR Students to attend the ACRA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, 12 full scholarships were awarded to ACRA members ($600) and students ($450) to attend the 2022 ASM at the Gold Coast - see the list of winners here

  • The ICCPR CRFC Scholarship funded by SOLVE-CHD, we are very pleased to 22 individuals to attend the CRFC training program and help to augment capacity for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) delivery around the globe - see the list of winners here

  • Welcome Tiffany Ellis, SOLVE-CHD Masters of Research Student! Tiffany's interest is in assisting patients transition back to the community following percutaneous coronary intervention. She aims to examine in-hospital strategies for early risk factor modification in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Read more about Tiffany's work here. 

  A special Congratulations goes out to the following people: 

Recent Leadership Highlights
  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack, and SOLVE PhD Student Dion Candelaria are the CPC EMCR Committe members for 2022-2024

  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun, and Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are part of the EMCR Working group for NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in CAD

  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are on the NSW/ACT ACRA Professional Development Committee

  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun and Research Fellow Dr Matthew Hollings are Executives of the CSANZ Allied Health, Science and Technology Council 

  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun is the Chair of Professional Development Subcommitee at Westmead Hub EMCR Committee and an Associate Editior of npj Digital Medicine
SOLVE-CHD Researcher Spotlight July
Dr Sarah Gauci PhD BSc BPsych (Hons)
 SOLVE-CHD Associate Research Fellow, Deakin University
Sarah Gauci recently completed her PhD at the Centre of Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD research explored how dietary patterns and cardiometabolic risk factors are related to cognitive performance in middle-aged and older adults. In her current role, she will be focusing on using lifestyle to improve the experience and quality of cardiac rehabilitation for patients with comorbid mental health and cognitive issues. Sarah’s postdoctoral research program will include two research studies that will explore patient experiences and cardiac rehabilitation practitioners’ attitudes and practices around psychosocial wellbeing. Data from these projects will be used to develop a more detailed codesigned intervention focusing on improving patient mental health and cognition during cardiac rehabilitation.

Sarah will present some of her recent research at the CSANZ and ACRA Annual scientific meetings in August.   

Read Dr Sarah Gauci's article 'An expert's guide to brain-healthy cooking and eating' for a guide on the pillars of health, good for the body, good for the brain foods, foods to avoid, practical tips and a daily guide to brain-healthy eating with receipes to follow! 

Counting down ACRA ASM 2022 

Can’t join us on the Gold Coast? Don’t want to travel? Isolating due to COVID-19? You can still register for an “on-demand” ticket to watch selected presentations from the ASM. This includes international and local keynote speakers, abstract presenters and selected workshops - all from the comfort of your home or office. 👇👇👇

Counting down CSANZ ASM 2022 

Click here for detailed timetable for SOLVE-CHD presence at ACRA and CSANZ 

Come and join us at ACRA SOLVE-CHD Exhibition Stall
Look forward to meeting everyone in person!
Other Research Opportunities and Events 
The ACvA Cardiovascular (CV) Champions Program is an Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) leadership development opportunity. By bringing together emerging cardiovascular EMCR’s, the program aims to create academic entrepreneurs who are equipped to be future leaders in the CV research sector. Click here for more details 
Register now for the CVRN Rising Starts Seminar Monday 1st August here

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