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Professor Stephen Nicholls - Inaugural Director, Victorian Heart Institute

Professor Stephen Nicholls

Professor Nicholls is the current head of Health and Professor of Cardiology at Monash University. He will be the inaugural clinical director of the Victorian Heart Hospital.

Prior to arriving in Victoria, Professor Nicholls was Deputy Director and Inaugural Heart Health Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Professor of Cardiology at the University of Adelaide and a cardiologist at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Steve describes himself as a preventive cardiologist. His clinical interest is focused on identifying those at risk of heart disease earlier, and more effectively, and preventing catastrophic cardiovascular events from occurring. Noting that heart disease is no longer a disease of affluence, Steve is committed to solutions which improve equity across risk and management, focusing on women’s heart health and other under-served populations.

Steve’s work spans the translational spectrum from the lab bench to the bedside, with a focus on understanding the factors that promote plaque formation, novel vascular imaging and leadership of large-scale clinical trials of new therapies designed to reduce the risk of heart disease.

He is a Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council, an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He is Honorary Secretary of the CSANZ, Past President of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society and serves as a board member of the International Atherosclerosis Society and Australian Cardiovascular Alliance.

He has extensive academic and industry collaborations, having raised more than $100 million in research funding and has written more than 800 manuscripts, book chapters and conference proceedings.

“My goal is to bring together laboratory-based scientists, clinical researchers and clinical trialists to develop translational research programs that will significantly improve our ability to tackle the major challenges of heart disease.” – Professor Stephen Nicholls

Professor Christina Mitchell AO, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Professor Christina Mitchell

Professor Christina Mitchell has led Monash’s largest and most prestigious faculty since 2011. In that time, she has overseen the faculty’s continued rise in the international rankings.

Professor Mitchell trained as a physician scientist specialising in clinical haematology. She received her medical training from Melbourne University and consultant training in Haematology at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Her advanced clinical training in Haematology included a PhD characterising the natural anticoagulant protein C and protein S. She is an internationally respected and widely published researcher.

“Monash’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is the University’s largest faculty. Spread across several Monash University campuses, the Faculty comprises over 3000 researchers, 29 teaching and clinical centres, and six institutes. Our critical mass of researchers, expertise and connections will drive the success of the new Victorian Heart Institute.” – Professor Christine Mitchell AO

Dr Hannah Brown - Science Strategy and Operations Manager

Dr Hannah Brown

Hannah is an academic by training, with a PhD in Reproductive Health and an ongoing interest in Women’s Health more broadly. Her research expertise ranged from discovery to implementation and the social science of community engagement in health. More recently, she transitioned to an operational scientific role at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) leading Communication, Marketing and Fundraising where she gained further business and leadership skills. She is also currently completing an MBA. Her role at the VHI is to drive operational activities, and to deliver strategic scientific initiatives across all areas of the institute.

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Julie Butters - Commercial Clinical Trials Manager

Julie Butters

Julie has more than two decades of experience working in the Clinical Research sphere and most recently has been working as the Business and Operations Manager at SAHMRI Clinical Research. Julie’s role will be to build upon existing relationships to attract and manage new Clinical Trial and commercial opportunities for the VHI, and to establish new relationships with potential trial partners. Julie has worked within the cancer and cardiovascular fields during her many years in clinical research. She is well connected internationally to many of the major pharmaceutical and academic research partners. Julie has extensive leadership and business training, holds an MBA, and is a Director of Evidence to Practice (E2P), an academically led education entity which helps to disseminate evidence from real-time clinical trials to clinicians in the cardiovascular field.

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Georgia Rejack - Research Officer

Georgia Rejack

Georgia has worked in the cardiovascular clinical trial space within the Heart Health Theme and Clinical Research at SAHMRI over the past five years. Georgia also coordinates medical education events for E2P within Australia and internationally. She is currently completing her Masters in Psychology. Georgia will work to support the day to day operational needs of the VHI.

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