Dr Haynes’ research is focused on the discovery of methods to detect cardiovascular disease before it becomes clinically apparent (early-detection) and elucidating effective prevention strategies. He is the leading investigator on a number of projects related to cardiovascular disease and health in humans, and mentors honours and PhD students in this research area. His experience and expertise relate to non-invasive in vivo imaging of cardiac (echocardiography), cerebral (transcranial Doppler) and peripheral blood vessel function (ultrasound) and their interaction with blood cells (phlebotomy, cell staining and flow cytometry). Using these methods he has published novel data related to the cellular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis; highlighted mechanisms that explain the “exercise paradox”; been involved in the development of new methods to assess cerebrovascular function and microvascular structure; and novel exercise based methods to treat patients with chronic heart failure. He has collaborated with researchers and clinicians and carried out research projects at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth Cardiovascular Institute, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Royal Perth Hospital.
Current projects are focused around the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease (Barker Hypothesis) which is funded by the NHMRC and exercise induced cardiac programming in humans which is funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
He is involved in teaching Cardiac Rehabilitation to postgraduate (MSc) students working towards Accredited Exercise Physiologist status with the Australian governing body: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).