School of Population Health


Vascular Informatics Using Epidemiology and the Web (VIEW)

Our vision is to develop more accurate vascular risk prediction, better vascular risk management, and to reduce disparities in vascular disease burden.

Cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart attacks and strokes) are common, preventable chronic diseases in New Zealand and there are major disparities between population groups. About 10-15% of New Zealanders probably account for over half the premature CVD events, but we are currently unable to identify them accurately to target preventive treatment effectively.

The VIEW research programme, which is funded mainly by an HRC programme grant, will develop better risk prediction tools to identify these high-risk patients; quantify and map gaps and disparities in appropriate treatment; and model the impact of treatment disparities on CVD burden. The research links anonymous personal data on over two million New Zealanders from research and routine databases.

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