A personal note from Professor Karlheinz Peter
My father suffered a heart attack at the age of 52 when I was in my last year of high school. Fortunately he survived, and I became fascinated by the way doctors can save someone from a near-death situation. That was my main motivation for studying medicine.
Later, my father had further heart complications, including side effects from his heart medication, which caused bleeding and blood clotting. In the end, he passed away.
Losing my father made me really aware of the limitations we have, and the importance of doing research to find better solutions.
I was always planning to pursue a career in science, but after my father’s heart attack, I realised that I could use my interests and abilities to help people directly.
My research at the Baker Institute led me to develop a way to detect unstable coronary plaques that are vulnerable to rupture, causing a heart attack.
My hopes for the future
Now that we have a prototype of the device, we are on the verge of taking it into clinical trials. I hope that, with your support, it can be available to patients within the next few years.
From my experience, every major scientific breakthrough is the result of a long period of fundamental scientific research. You never know what you will discover when you embark on basic research.
But the economic impact of COVID-19 and the withdrawal of government funding is putting intense pressure on medical research in Australia. Heart researchers urgently need your support to continue making breakthrough discoveries to save precious lives.
Please donate today to support our medical research.
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