A roadmap of strategies to support cardiovascular researchers: From policy to practice
Lauren C. Blekkenhorst
ORCID : 0000-0003-1561-9052
Nature Reviews Cardiology
Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute / School of Medical and Health Sciences
Australian Cardiovascular Alliance (ACvA)
National Heart Foundation of Australia
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship
NHMRC Numbers : 1112125, 1172987
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular research has therefore never been more crucial. Cardiovascular researchers must be provided with a research environment that enables them to perform at their highest level, maximizing their opportunities to work effectively with key stakeholders to address this global issue. At present, cardiovascular researchers face a range of challenges and barriers, including a decline in funding, job insecurity and a lack of diversity at senior leadership levels. Indeed, many cardiovascular researchers, particularly women, have considered leaving the sector, highlighting a crucial need to develop strategies to support and retain researchers working in the cardiovascular field. In this Roadmap article, we present solutions to problems relevant to cardiovascular researchers worldwide that are broadly classified across three key areas: capacity building, research funding and fostering diversity and equity. This Roadmap provides opportunities for research institutions, as well as governments and funding bodies, to implement changes from policy to practice, to address the most important factors restricting the career progression of cardiovascular researchers.
Chapman, N., Thomas, E. E., Tan, J., Inglis, S. C., Wu, J. H., Climie, R. E., & Marques, F. Z. (2022). A roadmap of strategies to support cardiovascular researchers: From policy to practice. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 19, 765-777.