Have you heard of the OpenHeart Project?

Cardiovascular diseases are attributed as the leading cause of death throughout the developed world. Of these, Heart Failure is the fastest growing cardiovascular disease, and affects more than 300,000 Australians.

Treatment options for Heart Failure include, ideally, heart transplants (however only 4,500 transplants are performed across the globe each year), or more commonly, the use of Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS). MCS iDevices are used for patients with advanced heart failure.

The OpenHeart Project aims to promote improved collaboration and research standardisation between researchers in the field of MCS through implementation of an open-source online research platform. It is especially geared towards PhD students and early career researchers.

It leverages the existing expertise in the field of MCS to develop new and improved heart and blood pumps for use in developing countries.

Griffith’s Professor Geoff Tansley from the School of Engineering, along with UQ’s Dr Jo Pauls are the lead researchers and instigators of this project. The solution developed was architected and project managed by our very own eResearch Services, with rights and use statements created by the University Copyright Officer Antony Ley.

Website development was undertaken by Griffith Work-Integrated Learning students under the guidance of Amanda Miotto from eResearch Services.

The solution, which was developed using WordPress.org, Confluence and BitBucket, is totally cloud based and natively uses cloud platform functionality to ensure ongoing supportability of the product.

Initial funding was provided by The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation through The Common Good.

For more information, check out the OpenHeart Project website.

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