School of Surgery

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Our research embraces epidemiological, clinical, genetic and laboratory approaches to the study of abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA.

With the completion of the Western Australian Trial of Screening for AAA, a large cohort of screened men (the Health In Men Study) has formed the basis of a sustained research output over the past decade. 

This research is led by Winthrop Professor Paul Norman and involves collaboration with local, national and international experts. 


The group’s past and present research interests include:

  • screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) 
  • conducting the Health In Men Study (HIMS)
  • analysing the relationship between aortic diameter and cardiovascular mortality
  • investigating genetic and molecular markers of AAAs
  • the interaction between glycaemia and aortic expansion
  • looking at site specificity of aneurysmal disease
  • investigating genetic variants and AAAs


Substantial research funding has been obtained from the NHMRC and (in collaboration with Professor Jonathan Golledge of James Cook University) the National Institutes of Health.