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Nutrition and cardiovascular health

Exploring how food effects heart health

It’s common knowledge that eating a healthy diet can lower your risk of developing heart disease. However, what constitutes a heart-healthy diet and whether this differs from person-to-person is in dispute.

We will guide the Australian population on the best dietary choices for good heart health with a focus on understanding the role of personalised advice in making dietary decisions.

Our research aims to use a comprehensive suite of non-invasive measures for vascular health and a suite of markers for cardiovascular risk to assess the influence of various dietary patterns on cardiovascular health.

Our work explores how diets, including nutrient profiles, whole foods and dietary patterns, can prevent heart disease in different people. With a focus on the Australian population, we’ll develop scientifically proven ways to prevent cardiovascular disease and identify whether dietary advice should be personalised.

Our research will offer the general population the information they need to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, improving their quality of life and, ultimately, their lifespan.


  • Biology
  • Populations
  • Society and environment
  • Solutions

Project Node Leader

Dr Michael Skilton