Our vision is to ease the significant burden of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndromes and diseases within Australia and beyond.

We’re working towards a deeper understanding, early detection and prevention of the collective major cause of death and disability in Australia: cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndromes and diseases. 

Heart disease, stroke, and the complications from diabetes and kidney disease affect all in our community—from children with congenital heart defects to myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, renal failure, heart failure and arrhythmias in the elderly. 

The development of these disease patterns varies geographically, which means they are influenced beyond genetics by an intricate interplay of environmental, socio-demographic and behavioural factors. 


Our highly collaborative researchers partner with other faculties, world class research centres and institutes, as well as local health clinicians to reduce the significant burden of cardiovascular and metabolic disease throughout NSW, Australia and beyond.


We facilitate and lead the rapid development of major new research initiatives that tackle heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, diabetes and kidney disease in multiple research arenas. Our areas of focus include primary health care, population health, intensive and critical care, big data in health and clinical trials. Our research underpins targeted preventions and therapeutic interventions, so all Australians can access a better quality of life. 


Our academics and colleagues have a long-standing record of excellence in basic science research through to the translation and application of findings – from the bench, through to populations and across to the bedside. We improve outcomes for all, working within patient communities and addressing key disease risk factors such as raised blood pressure or hypertension, diet, exercise, planetary health, green space and pollution.  

Professor Alta Schutte, Principal Lead for the UNSW Medicine & Health CVMM research theme, discusses hypertension control rates in Australia with Professor Markus Schlaich. Why is it important to strive for better control of high blood pressure in a population and how can this be achieved? 

This podcast accompanies their MJA Perspective, published here

With MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell. 22 mins, 43 secs. 

  • Funding

    The CVMM Theme provides competitive grants for projects that identify and seek to address areas of unmet needs in improving cardiac, vascular and metabolic medicine outcomes in the communities we serve. Our grants also allow opportunities for emerging researchers to lead and develop smaller projects with the potential to feed into larger funding opportunities. 

    2023 Collaborative Grants

    Principal Investigators



    Professor Tracie Barber; Dr Blake Cochran   

    School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering/Faculty of Engineering; School of Biomedical Science   

    Creating an in vitro model using printed vessels to assess endothelial cell signalling in patients treated with haemodialysis (Creating IMPACT)

    Dr Vivian Lee ; A/Prof Belinda Parmenter    

    TGI; UNSW   

    Using wearable activity monitors to increase physical activity in women with a recent history of gestational diabetes – A cross-over randomisation trial. 

    Dr Juliana de Oliveira Costa; Dr Tamara Milder  

    UNSW SPH; St Vincent and Garvan   

    Improving the use of cardiometabolic medicines in type 2 diabetes: an atlas to identify areas of unmet clinical need

    Dr Justin Phan; Dr Reza Argha; Prof Jamie Vandenberg  


    Machine learning-based electrocardiographic analysis to predict cardiac toxicity in patients undergoing cancer treatment.

    Dr Isabella Tan; Prof Aletta E Schutte; Ms Catherine Morgan; Prof Mridula Sharma; Prof Henry Brodaty

    TGI; UNSW; National Acoustic Laboratories; Macquarie Uni; UNSW CHeBA

    Listen to Your Heart and Mind  (Hypertension and hearing loss)

    Dr. Jordan Thorpe; Dr Shafagh Waters; Dr Adam Hill  

    VCCRI; School of Biomedical Science; VCCRI  

    Tackling rheumatic fever induced atrial fibrillation and heart failure in indigenous communities utilizing stem cell derived atrial cardiac tissues.

    Dr Luna Xu; A/Prof Yulei Sui   

    School of Population Health; School of Computer Science and Engineering   

    Cardiovascular risk prediction: a robust deep learning approach to guide healthy eating


    Previous awards: 

    2021 Networking Grants

    • Dr R Arnold and Dr C Sandler; “Can digital cardiovascular initiatives be applied to Chronic Kidney Disease: A cohort of disproportionate cardiovascular risk?”
    • Dr J Snaith; “A novel online tool to diagnose double diabetes using biomarkers: towards cardiovascular risk reduction by personalised adjunctive treatment of insulin resistance in type 1 diabetes”

    2021 Big Ideas Grants

    • A/Prof X Feng and Prof A Schutte; “Uptake and effectiveness of a UNSW Lifestyle Clinic exercise physiologist intervention for improving physical activity and reducing high blood pressure: A pilot randomised controlled trial”
    • A/Prof A Henry and Prof A Patel; “DIVINE: Drug InterVention for prevention of type 2 diabEtes among women with recent prior gestational diabetes – a proposal for formative research”
    • Dr L Lin and Prof M Parsons; “Clinical and imaging characterisation of stroke in First Nations, Pacific Islander, and other culturally and linguistically diverse Australian communities”
    • Dr Yu and A/Prof B Gallego Luxan; “Cardiovascular Analytics and Innovation (CVAI) data repository: A big data resource for machine learning-enabled research and health systems quality improvement.”
  • UNSW Cardiac, Vascular & Metabolic Medicine Governance
    Steering Committee
    Alta Schutte (Theme Lead) UNSW/The George Institute for Global Health
    Stella Jun Research Development Manager
    Sunil Badve The George Institute for Global Health
    Xiaoqi Feng School of Population Health
    Jerry Greenfield The Garvan Institute/St Vincent’s Hospital 
    Jason Kovacic Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
    Margaret Morris School of Biomedical Sciences
    Bruce Neal The George Institute for Global Health 
    Kerry-Anne Rye School of Biomedical Sciences 
    Jamie Vandenberg Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
    Belinda Parmenter School of Health Sciences