Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Cardio-Vascular Autonomic Research Cluster

To improve cardiovascular disease management through innovative research


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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in New Zealand. Of particular concern is the disproportionate burden on Māori, who suffer mortality rates more than double those of other ethnicities.

We study small and large animal models of human diseases such as hypertension, heart failure and stroke. We use a multidisciplinary approach, spanning the cellular to the integrative whole-body level. We are world leaders in the autonomic control of the cardiovascular system and have developed state-of-the-art wireless technology which permits us to make simultaneous long-term recordings of multiple cardiovascular signals in conscious animals. This, combined with cutting edge technologies such as virally-mediated gene transfer, optogenetics and advanced instrumentation devices, puts us at the forefront of our research field. Our aim is to generate novel mechanistic insights that can be translated to improve cardiovascular health in diseased patients.



Principal investigators


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Interested in joining our efforts to combat cardiovascular disease?


Honours projects:

Upcoming honours projects within the Cardio-Vascular Autonomic Research Cluster will be listed here.


Masters and PhD projects:

Please see below for a list of Masters and PhD projects within the Cardio-Vascular Autonomic Research Cluster.