Invited Speakers

21 November 4CCardiology Summit Speakers

Prof Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls is the Director of MonashHeart, Director of Victorian Heart Institute and Professor of Cardiology at Monash University.
He will be the Director of the Victorian Heart Hospital. He completed his cardiology training at John Hunter Hospital and PhD at the University of Adelaide, prior to holding a postdoctoral fellowship and faculty appointment at the Cleveland Clinic and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. His research interests focus on the role of metabolic risk factors and imaging in atherosclerosis, with work spanning from early discovery to leadership of large clinical trials. He is Chair of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society Clinical Council, Australia and New Zealand Alliance for Cardiovascular Trials, Asia Pacific Cardiometabolic Consortium, Secretary of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


Beyond the pandemic: preventing the next wave of CVD
Prof Julie Redfern
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Julie Redfern is a Professor of Public Health and a clinical physiotherapist. She has led clinical trials and epidemiology studies focussed on secondary prevention along with co-design, testing and implementation of digital health interventions.She is the current Academic Leader (Researcher Development) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, co-Chair of the Exercise, Prevention and Rehabilitation Council of the CSANZ and was previously the Allied Health Council Chair and Board Representative. She serves on national and international committees, and has been awarded over $100 million in peer reviewed grants and published over 160 peer reviewed manuscripts in high ranking journals. Julie’s research aims to improve access to and engagement with secondary prevention strategies with a focus on technology and patient centred care to facilitate behaviour change.



Supporting patients physical and emotional wellbeing remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID- 19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of some secondary prevention services. At the same time, people have reduced their visits with doctors and other health professionals. Technology has enabled new ways of communicating. In this presentation, we will explore the barriers and enablers to communication and management of risk factors where limited in-person contact is possible. Several examples of will be presented and barriers and enablers explored.

Prof David Hare
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Professor David Hare studied at the University of Melbourne and Guy’s Hospital, London. He has been the Coordinator of Cardiovascular Research for the University of Melbourne, is Director of Secondary Prevention, Heart Failure Service and Cardiology Research at Austin Health, has supervised over 60 research students, and each year generally averages over 500 international citations to his personal research. His research ranges from the basic molecular laboratory to randomised clinical trials and psychosocial aspects of heart disease, being the only cardiologist in the world who is also fully trained in psychiatry. He was awarded the AMRF Distinguished Scientist Medal in 2011 and is currently Research Integrity Advisor for Austin Health. In 2020 he was nominated for Australian of the Year: Australian of the Year 2020 nominees.

Depression in CVD Patients - the Prequel and the Sequel

There are a number of psychosocial factors that, either acutely or chronically, predispose people to heart disease. However, and even more strongly, cardio-vascular disease can have serious psychosocial sequelae. Most of these are avoidable.

Dr Tashi Dorje
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Dr Tashi Dorje completed his cardiology training at Zhongshan Hospital Fudan University in Shanghai and PhD at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Centre of Clinical Research and Education at Curtin University. His research interests focus on developing, testing, and implementing digital health-based innovations to support the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.



Henry Krum Grant Recipient

Scholarships have been devised in honour of Professor Henry Krum who first initiated the 4 Corners of Cardiology Meeting series in Australia. As a continuation of his legacy, we are delighted to be able to encourage the education and development of cardiovascular health specialists throughout Australia, an area Professor Krum was very passionate about. Eight Krum Educational Grant Scholarships were awarded to PhD students at the 4 Corners of Cardiology Meeting in February. Tashi Dorje, one recipient of the Krum Grant Scholarship will speak about his experience.

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