Professor Vicky Cameron
Professor Vicky Cameron has led the Omics research lab within the Christchurch Heart Institute (University of Otago, Christchurch) for over 20 years. Her interests spans a broad portfolio, from fundamental lab-based genomic research into the inherited origins of heart disease, to community cohorts and nation-wide studies leading to a greater understanding of the risk factors for heart disease in Māori and Pasifika communities. Her laboratory has made key contributions internationally to the field of genetics, and recently non-coding RNAs, and their association with coronary heart disease susceptibility and potential as biomarkers. The lab’s track record led to an invitation to join the international GENIUS-CHD consortium, investigating genetic variants and their association with cardiovascular events in ~250,000 patients with coronary heart disease.
Vicky Cameron led the cardiovascular research theme in the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge for its first 5-years, with a focus on “Equitable cardiovascular and diabetes risk prediction: Better cardiovascular and diabetes outcomes in Māori, Pacific and Indian Subcontinent Ethnic Groups.” She has led the Christchurch Healthy Volunteers Study, with 3300 heart-healthy participants recruited from Canterbury electoral rolls, providing healthy control DNA,plasma samples and associated health data used in multiple national and international studies. She was involved in the Hauora Manawa/ Community Heart Study, documentinglevels of diagnosed and undiagnosed cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and risk factors in rural and urban Māori communities, and co-PI of the Multi-Ethnic New Zealand Study of Acute Coronary Syndromes (MENZACS), examining genetics and gene-environment interactions in 2000 patients admitted to hospital with acute coronary syndromes nationwide. Her team is also studying the cardio-metabolic health of Pacific Peoples living in Christchurch.
Vicky Cameron graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc Hons in Zoology (1974) and has worked at Hammersmith Hospital, London, as well as conducting Postdoctoral Research at The Salk Institute, San Diego supported by an NIH Fogarty Fellowship. She returned to the University of Otago, Christchurch in 1992, was promoted to Research Professor in 2011, and served as Deputy Dean from 2016 to 2021. Vicky is currently on the Board of the Health Research Council, and is a past member of the Marsden Council. She is an International Fellow of the American Heart Association and an International Ambassador on the Leadership Committee of one of the AHA Councils. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017.