And the winner is … cardiologists in ‘Academy Awards’ for medical research

Four cardiologists and cardiovascular researchers are among the 37 new Fellows elected to the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences  in recognition of their outstanding contributions to health and medical research in Australia.

The new fellows have been chosen because “they have had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians and the world,” said the Academy’s President, Professor Ian Frazer AC.

‘We work with our Fellows to strengthen the health and medical research landscape in Australia. It is thanks to their expertise that we can play a valuable role in ensuring that Australia continues to address some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.”

The new Fellows include:

Professor David Celermajer, Scandrett Professor of Cardiology, University of Sydney.

Professor Jonathan Kalman, Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Prashanthan Sanders, Director, Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide.

Professor Anthony Rodgers, Professor of Global Health, The George Institute.

The Academy is a not-for-profit independent body set up in 2014 by a panel of eminent senior health and medical scientists, chaired by Professor Richard Larkins, and which included Professor Fiona Wood and Professor Ian Frazer, under the patronage of Professor Sir Gustav Nossal.

Its aims are to provide independent advice to government and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and medical researchers; provide a forum for discussion on progress on medical research with an emphasis on translation of research into practice and to provide mentoring to younger researchers

The election brings the Academy’s total Fellowship to 357.

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