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Gout Drug Mends Broken Hearts

Gout Drug Mends Broken Hearts

A drug used to treat arthritis has been found to clear clogged arteries in heart attack survivors, world-first HRI research shows.

The landmark discovery by Associate Professor Sanjay Patel, Leader of the Cell Therapeutics Group, and his team at the HRI paves the way for a cheap, simple and effective treatment regime that could protect thousands of heart patients from future attacks that might kill them or further damage their heart. 

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Neutrophils in acute coronary syndrome

Neutrophils in acute coronary syndrome
HRI researchers Dr Rahul Kurup and Associate Professor Sanjay Patel from the Cell Therapeutics Group recently published a review of the role of neutrophils in acute coronary syndrome. With abundant data demonstrating this role, this presents opportunities to develop novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic agents that specifically target neutrophils.
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Scientific minds coming together

Scientific minds coming together
HRI researchers Dr Mary Kavurma, Associate Professor Simone Schoenwaelder, Dr Amelia Tomkins and Bradley Tucker attended the ANZMS and AVBS Conference 2017 to share and discuss the latest research in the field.
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HRI shows drug suppresses heart vessel inflammation

HRI shows drug suppresses heart vessel inflammation

In a world-first discovery, scientists at The Heart Research Institute (HRI) and collaborators have shown the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine dramatically reduces local cardiac inflammation when used shortly before cardiac catheterisation. 

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Dr Sanjay Patel, Group Leader of the Cell Therapeutic Group

Dr Sanjay Patel, Group Leader of the Cell Therapeutic Group

Dr Sanjay Patel has led the HRI’s Cell Therapeutic Group since 2012. The Cell Therapeutic Group is a close knit team of researchers composed of two postdoctoral fellows, three PhD students and a research assistant. 

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