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History of the QRC-PVD

Established in 2010, the QRC-PVD evolved from the Vascular Biology Unit (VBU) at James Cook University, headed by Professor Jon Golledge. The VBU was developed de novo when the then Dr Golledge moved to Townsville in February 2002 to take up the combined post of Vascular Specialist at The Townsville Hospital and Associate Professor at James Cook University. Thanks to an initial three years of funding from James Cook University, two post-doctoral scientists (Dr Mirko Karan and Dr Moira Mccann) and a PhD student (Mr Corey Moran) rapidly joined the unit, one of whom (Dr Corey Moran) remains an important member of the QRC-PVD today.

Subsequently the VBU expanded due to success in external funding to include a large number of other post-doctoral scientists and students. In the early years much of the focus of the vascular research was in laboratory based work using in vitro studies and also other pre-clinical models to better understand human vascular disease. This work continues today at the QRC-PVD; however there has been an expansion of standalone clinical studies based on testing some of the therapy targets identified from the pre-clinical studies. These clinical studies include a number of randomised controlled trials.

In 2010, following funding from the Queensland Government and National Health and Medical Research Council, the two arms of the vascular research being undertaken within the unit were more formally recognised through the establishment of the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRC-PVD). The design of the QRC-PVD is illustrated in Figure 1 and contains pre-clinical (VBU) and clinical arms focussed on the overall aim of improving management of peripheral vascular diseases.

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Figure 1. Pre-clinical and clinical arms of the QRC-PVD

The development of the QRC-PVD would not have been possible without the untiring work of many researchers, students and other staff and the support of many vascular specialists, the assistance of James Cook University and The Townsville Hospital staff and most importantly, not without the dedicated time and assistance of patients and other volunteers committed to developing improved care for peripheral vascular diseases. The QRC-PVD also relies very heavily on many key local, state, National and International collaborators.

Early media coverage of the QRC-PVD