VHI team

Meet the director

Professor Stephen Nicholls

Director, Victorian Heart Institute
Director, MonashHeart


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Professor Steve Nicholls is the inaugural Director of the Victorian Heart Institute and a Professor of Cardiology at Monash University. He is the Director (clinical) at MonashHeart and will be the inaugural Clinical Director of the Victorian Heart Hospital when it opens in late 2022.

Steve is 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. He 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 also the incoming President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).

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.

Learn more about Steve's research here.

Our operational leadership team

Hannah Brown

Dr Hannah Brown

Science Strategy and Operations Manager
PhD, GradDip(Business)

Hannah trained and worked as a research academic prior to finding her passion at the interface between science and society. 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

Julie Butters

Commercial Clinical Trials Manager

Julie has more than two decades of experience working in the Clinical Research sphere. Managing many of the clinical trial activities at the VHI, her role will be to build upon existing relationships to attract and manage new Clinical Trial and commercial opportunities, and to establish new relationships with potential trial partners.

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Georgia Rejack

Georgia Rejack

Senior Project Officer (Education)
BPsych(Hons), MProfPsych

Georgia has managed a range of different projects in the cardiovascular research and education sphere. Georgia’s role at the VHI is to manage and implement a range of educational initiatives within the cardiovascular arena and beyond. Fostering new and existing collaborations will be at the forefront of her role to facilitate a portfolio of innovative programs that contribute to the clinical and research workforce of the future.

Learn more about Georgia here.

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Eliza Cob

Eliza Cobb

Visibility, Engagement and Impact Manager
BCom(Marketing), BDesign

With a background in business, communication and design, Eliza is equal parts creative and calculated. She is passionate about creating strategic communication solutions that deliver a social good, working across the research and not-for-profit sectors. Eliza's role is to support the end-to-end delivery of visibility, engagement and impact activities at the institute.

Learn more about Eliza here.

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