Westmead Hospital Received Grant to Establish Blood Sample Collection from Hypercholesterolaemia Patients

Dr. Helen Williams, Scientific Officer in Westmead Hospital in has received a research grant to establish a collection of blood samples from 500 people with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). 

Familial hypercholesterolaemia is a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 250 people and increases the likelihood of having coronary heart disease at a younger age.

The blood samples will be transported to the NSW Health Statewide Biobank and, therefore, can be accessed not only by Helen’s team at Western Sydney Local Health District but also by other researchers who want to use the samples to improve the diagnosis and treatment of FH.

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