High blood pressure is a leading cause of death and ill health in Australia and around the world. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal failure and peripheral vessel disease.
Members of the Cardiovascular and Renal Research Group are searching for an understanding of the causes of high blood pressure. Much of the search is focussed on the kidney, the determinant of long-term blood pressure level. At the integrative physiology level, and at the cellular level, we are investigating several renal and vascular control mechanisms; working towards a better understanding of their role in normal blood pressure control and the pathogenesis of high blood pressure.