Heart disease research study

Heart disease is a major health burden. Dyslipidaemia (abnormal levels of blood lipids- such as cholesterol) promotes the disease. We propose that one way by which lipids may do so is by rewiring the immune system, causing key cells (monocytes) to be switched ‘on’ to an inflammatory state. In this study we will be assessing whether, and how, this rewiring occurs. 

What’s involved?

If you are chosen to take part in the study you will:

  • Have a blood sample(s) taken
  • Answer questions related to general personal information (such as age and gender) and medical history
  • Have physical characteristics (e.g. height, weight and blood pressure) measured


You may be eligible to participate in this study if:

  • You are ‘generally healthy’ (no known heart disease or diabetes, but high lipid levels e.g. high cholesterol is allowed)
  • You are ≥ 18 years of age
  • You are not taking any anti-inflammatory or lipid-lowering medication. 
  • You are not a current smoker

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact: Rana Baraz by email: Rana.Baraz@health.nsw.gov.au