VCCRI: Could Australia's deadliest spider save your life after a heart attack? Posted in Impact by Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute on July 1st, 2022. Could the deadliest spider in Australia save your life after a heart attack? Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Professors Peter Macdonald and Bob Graham believe so. They have been studying the venom of the K’gari funnel web spider, specifically the Hi1A protein. This protein shows the ability to drastically reduce cell death in damaged hearts - potentially boosting heart transplant and heart attack survival rates. Their vision is to develop the world’s first cardiac protective drug, one that can be administered by first responders to reduce the number of lives lost globally to heart attacks every day. Read more about the research here. Disclaimer:This material has been prepared by Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, published on 16 May 2022. HM1 is not responsible for the content of linked websites or content prepared by third party. HM1 is not responsible for the content of linked websites or content prepared by third party. The inclusion of these links and third-party content does not in any way imply any form of endorsement by HM1 of the products or services provided by persons or organisations who are responsible for the linked websites and third-party content. This information is for general information only and does not consider the objectives, financial situation or needs of any person. Before making an investment decision, you should read the relevant disclosure document (if appropriate) and seek professional advice to determine whether the investment and information is suitable for you.