The Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA) strives to facilitate national and international research collaborations, consolidate and expand existing efforts to combat the most serious cardiovascular threats to health and to improve overall prosperity in the region.
The incidence of cardiovascular disease is increasing across the world, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Etiology and outcome varies between developing and developed countries. In Africa, cardiovascular disease is the most common causes of maternal death in pregnant women.
The data on the outcome of the Cardiac Disease in Maternity Cohort Study I have now been published.
PAPUCO was established in 2011 to describe the epidemiology and characteristics of pulmonary hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa. The collaboration currently includes 18 cardiovascular specialist centres. The methodology of the project has now been published.
The major objective of the Cardioprotection Group is the delineation of novel cardioprotective pathways that can be activated to limit cell death in various pathophysiological conditions, such as heart failure, myocardial infarction or diabetes.
Hedu-Africa creates a platform within the African context to create broader awareness around cardiovascular disease in maternity with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality and improving child outcome in South Africa. Using videos of woman who have experienced problems during pregnancy and live to tell their story.
Mrs Angela Hobbs and Mrs Vanesa Pillay, PhD students on the NIH Millennium Chronic Disease Leadership Programme were invited to the Hatter Institute to give talks on their research projects. Mrs Hobbs gave an interesting talk on Gestational diabetes in black South African women. Mrs Pillay covered the topic of Identifying Genetic markers of Obesity Risk in a South African Black Population.