Research Projects

Herbal Medicine to Treat Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and imposes a huge financial burden on the Australian health care system. Herbal medicine has been widely used in cardiovascular care in many countries for centuries. Despite a growing body of scientific evidence in support of the use of herbal medicine for the management of CVD, significant gaps exist in knowledge base surrounding mechanisms of action of these interventions. This project will focus on the evaluation of mechanisms of action of herbal formulations for coronary heart disease/stroke and vascular dementia, using both in vitro and in vivo models.

Researchers: Professor Dennis Chang, Dr Xian (Phoebe) Zhou


A multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Sailuotong (SLT), a standardised Chinese herbal medicine formula in patients with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers: Professor Dennis Chang, Professor Alan Bensoussan

Partner/Funding Body: Australia Shineway Technology Pty Ltd


A pilot randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Nao Xin Qing Pian (NXQ), in patients with ischemic stroke

Researchers: Professor Dennis Chang, Professor Alan Bensoussan, Dr Angelo Sabag

Partner/Funding Body: Hutchison Whampoa Guangzhou Baiyunshan Chinese Medicine Co. Ltd