Professor Jonathan Golledge, Director of JCU's Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease, is leading a large group of local and national researchers.
said about 3 percent of men and 1 percent of women aged over 60 years develop the condition.
"Most patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm have no symptoms.
These usually only develop when the artery bursts, which is commonly a fatal event," he
The research group was recently awarded two grants of more than $600,000 each from the highly competitive National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) project grant scheme to investigate potential drug targets to help limit progression of artery weakening.
"Improved understanding of the mechanisms leading to progression of artery degeneration is important to target the development of better ways to treat this common problem," said Professor Golledge
The researchers will look at ways to limit the progression of the artery weakening and widening using pre-clinical models, before testing promising approaches in patients.
"We are currently testing two drugs in clinical trials," Professor Golledge