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$549,000 Grant Awarded for ‘Cardiac AI: deep learning to predict and prevent secondary cardiovascular events’ Project at UNSW

Author Loren Dela Cruz
Date 6 July 2021

ADM+S Chief Investigator Deborah Lupton and her colleagues Blanca Gallego Luxan, Louisa Jorm, Sze-Yuan Ooi, Jennifer Yu, Nigel Lovell, and Juan Quiro were recently awarded with a $549,000 grant for the project ‘Cardiac AI: deep learning to predict and prevent secondary cardiovascular events’.

Administered by the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW Sydney with partner organisations eHealth NSW and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, the project will use electronic medical record data and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and implement an algorithm to identify cardiac patients who are at high risk of a further cardiovascular event before they are discharged from hospital. This will enable the targeting of more intensive interventions such as higher potency medications or home monitoring programs to those more likely to benefit. The algorithm and a prototype visualisation dashboard will be developed ready for implementation at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).

The funding comes from the Australian Government’s 2022-2023 Medical Research Future Fund – Cardiovascular Health Mission, a $220 million research fund aimed at improving heart health and reducing stroke in Australia.

Deborah Lupton says “This exciting new grant will provide wonderful opportunities for the Health Focus Area I lead in the Centre of Excellence to extend its focus into the use of AI in cardiovascular health.”

For more information on the project, contact Deborah Lupton at d.lupton@unsw.edu.au.