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Dr John Amerena
Dr John Amerena trained in Melbourne before spending four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time he worked in the fields of hypertension and hyperlipidemia, before returning to Australia where he is now a Cardiologist at Barwon Health. He currently has a joint appointment in the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is the director of the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit, which is currently involved in many phase II-III clinical trials. While still actively researching in hypertension, his focus has changed to research in antithrombotic/antiplatelet therapies, particularly in the context of acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation. Heart failure is also a major interest, and he is also the Director of the Heart Failure Programme at Barwon Health. He is well published in these areas, as well as in many other areas of cardiovascular medicine.
Dr Shilpi Ajwani
Dr Shilpi Ajwani is the Clinical and Research Manager at the Sydney South West Area Oral Health Service (SSW-OHS). She also holds a conjoint Senior Lecturer position with the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. She has a Doctorate in Odontology from University of Helsinki, Finland. Her main research area of interest is the association of Periodontal and Systemic Health. She is currently involved in various projects in Public Health Dentistry at SSW-OHS and also heads a training programme for International Dental Graduates.
Dr Ronald McCoy
Dr McCoy is a general practitioner, medical writer and educator. He studied Medicine in Melbourne and has many years experience in general practice. He has published widely in general practice management and written and developed general practice education across a wide variety of media. He was the writer on the new RACGP Curriculum for General Practice and is currently a full time medical educator in online general practice medical education. He says, "as general practitioners, we have to be able to deal with a broad range of diseases and clinical care issues in a holistic fashion. And so like most GPs, I'm pretty well interested in the entire range of health issues affecting people at all stages of their lifetimes." He has a special interest in infectious diseases, chronic disease management, public health, disaster management, mental health, drug and alcohol medicine, sexual health and medical history.
Dr Helen Reddel
Dr Helen Reddel is a respiratory physician who leads research into clinical asthma management at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. During her PhD, she developed methodology for electronic monitoring of asthma, and her current research is directed towards improving the management of asthma in the community. This includes developing new guidelines for the assessment of asthma control, severity and exacerbations in clinical trials and clinical practice, developing new strategies for management of asthma exacerbations, and optimising the use of asthma medications, with a strong focus on the patient perspective. Dr Reddel is involved in developing Australian and international clinical practice guidelines for asthma management.
Dr H. Peter Soyer
Dr H. Peter Soyer is the Inaugural Professor of Dermatology at the University of Queensland. Prior to coming to Australia he was Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Research Unit for Teledermatology at the University of Graz in Austria. Special research areas are clinical dermatology, dermatopathology and dermato-oncology. His main teaching interest is dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions with special emphasis on the clinico-pathologic correlation. Dr H. Peter Soyer has been working more than 20 years in this field and has published numerous articles and a few books on dermoscopy. In 2000 he coordinated the International Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy. Dr H. Peter Soyer is President of the International Dermoscopy Society and President of the International Society of Teledermatology.
Associate Professor Neale Cohen
Associate Professor Neale Cohen is a physician specializing in Diabetes and Endocrinology. His research interests and publications include experimental diabetic nephropathy, and clinical research projects which currently include insulin pump therapy and vascular complications in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Cohen is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and is responsible for the integration of the physician and allied health services as well as the training programs and health promotion activities of the institute.
Professor Peter Little
Professor Peter Little is the Head of the Cell Biology of Diabetes Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is an Associate Professor of Monash University and Adjunct Professor of RMIT University. Currently he is the Director of Diabetes Australia, Victoria Ltd, and is past President of Diabetes Australia Ltd. He has over 150 publications, mostly in the area of cardiovascular biology and pathology. Peter is the Australasian Co Editor of the journal Nutrition, an Associate Editor of The Scientific World Journal and on the Editorial Boards of Cardiovascular Diabetology, The Open Endocrinology Journal and Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery. He received an Order of Australia in 2007 for service to people with diabetes.
Associate Professor Peter Hunter
Peter Hunter is the Director of Sub-acute and Medical Services for the Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care, Bayside Health. He is also an associate professor of aged care through Monash University. His interests include nutritional problems in the elderly, the development of quality care for older patients across health systems, clinical process improvement, clinical governance and chronic disease management. He is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.
Dr Roo Killick
Dr Roo Killick is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.
She completed her specialist training in respiratory and sleep medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She is currently involved in several clinical trials in both respiratory and sleep medicine and is particularly interested in the link between COPD, obstructive sleep apnoea and systemic inflammation.
Dr Michelle Tellus
Dr Michelle Tellus is a consultant rheumatologist currently practicing in Kew, Victoria. Her interests lie within the inflammatory diseases of the joints and muscles and in the field of osteoporosis. She has published papers in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile chronic arthritis and osteoporosis.
Associate Professor Rowan Walker
Dr Rowan Walker is currently the Deputy Director & Physician in Charge of End-Stage Kidney Disease at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Director of Dialysis and Renal Transplantation and Nephrologist at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. His major nephrology interests have been adult and paediatric clinical nephrology, end-stage kidney disease especially kidney transplantation and clinical research. More recently he has been involved in evidence-based medicine, clinical practice guidelines and Registry data and its application to clinical research. He is widely published and has held numerous positions both nationally and internationally in his chosen field.
Professor Graeme Jones
Dr Graeme Jones is currently Professor of Rheumatology and Epidemiology and Head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute as well as Head of the Department of Rheumatology at Royal Hobart Hospital. He is also the Medical Director of the Arthritis Foundation of Australia. He has published 150 articles primarily on the epidemiology of osteoporosis and more recently osteoarthritis. Current research interests are the development of peak bone mass and fracture aetiology in children, genetic and environmental risk factors for osteoarthritis, health promotion, the role of environmental factors such as diet and physical activity in osteoporosis and fractures in the elderly.
Dr Martin David Weltman
Dr. Martin Weltman is Senior Staff Specialist, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, at Nepean Hospital in Penrith, NSW. Dr. Weltman is also the Director of Gastroenterology and Clinical Director of Drug and Alcohol Medicine at Nepean Hospital, as well as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is both a Fellow of the RACP and Fellow of the Australian Chapter of Addiction Medicine of the RACP. Dr. Weltman has broad clinical interests in the Gastroenterology field and has been a principal investigator for many studies covering the spectrum of GORD, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and chronic viral hepatitis.
Dr Claude Farah
Dr Claude Farah is a respiratory and sleep physician. He undertook his specialty training at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals in Sydney. He is currently a clinical research fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and an associate physician at RPA hospital. His research interests are asthma, airway physiology and exploring the physiological determinants of symptoms.
Dr Shaun Holt
Dr Holt founded medical trials company P3 Research which has its head office in Wellington, New Zealand, and a trial centre in Tauranga. He is the co-founder of Research Review and continues in an advisory capacity for the organisation. Dr Holt is currently responsible for selection and commentary for Natural Health Review.
Dr David Gronow
Dr David Gronow is currently Director of the Sydney Pain Management Centre and Director of Multidisciplinary Pain Services at Westmead Hospital. He commenced the first private multidisciplinary pain clinic in Sydney and the first inpatient cognitive behavioural program for pain. David is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians. His interest is in behavioural management and neuromodulation analgesia and he has conducted clinical trials on opiates in chronic pain, pharmacological management of post herpetic neuralgia, intrathecal drug effects on analgesia and outcomes of behavioural therapy.
Dr Geoffrey Playford
Dr Geoffrey Playford is a Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases Physician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and a Clinical Microbiologist with Pathology Queensland. His major research interests include invasive fungal infections, particularly those in critically-ill surgical and ICU patients.
Dr Evan Newnham
Dr Evan Newnham is a gastroenterologist actively involved in research into coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Evan has public hospital appointments as Director of Medicine at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne, and consults in the Coeliac and Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinics at Box Hill Hospital. In addition to these roles, Evan is continuing PhD research with Monash University at Box Hill Hospital.
Professor Henry Krum
Professor Henry Krum is the Director of the Centre of Cardiovascular Research & Education in Therapeutics, Monash University. Professor Krum is well recognised in the field of CV therapeutics, particularly in the area of novel CV drug therapies. This is attested to by his publication record, grant success and invitations to give plenary talks at major international meetings. He is currently Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and/or Editorial Board member of many international CV therapeutics journals and is immediate past President of the Asian Pacific Society of Heart Failure. Prof Krum has been Chairman and Executive Committee member of numerous international clinical trials as well as serving on Endpoint Committees and DSMBs for such trials. He is currently
Study Chairman of the ATMOSPHERE heart failure trial, and has in addition led
many investigator-initiated trials of CV therapeutic agents.
Professor Ian Lawrance
Ian Lawrance is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia. He is a clinical gastroenterologist and the Director of the Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Fremantle Hospital. Prof Lawrance is recognised as the leading Western Australia Medical expert, and one of the few specialist physicians in the management of IBD patients.
Dr Miles Sparrow
Miles Sparrow is a gastroenterologist with an interest in inflammatory bowel disease who works at the IBD clinic of The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. His research interests include use and optimisation of immunomodulators, and clinical trials of novel experimental agents in IBD. He is a member of IBD-Australia, IBD-Melbourne and the BRIDGe international young investigators IBD special interest groups.
Associate Professor Craig Juergens
Associate Professor Craig Juergens is an Interventional Cardiologist at Liverpool Hospital where he is Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories. He established the coronary interventional service at Liverpool hospital which has subsequently become a centre of training for interventional Cardiologists. Apart from his interest in Interventional Cardiology, he has a major interest in acute coronary syndromes and has been involved in a large number of multicentre, multinational clinical trials. He has been author of over 40 peer reviewed papers and he continues as an active clinician in the Department of Cardiology at Liverpool Hospital, as well as providing support for the interventional Cardiology programme at Orange base hospital.
Associate Professor Peter Foley
Associate Professor Peter Foley is a Dermatologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He also works for the Skin and Cancer Foundation (Vic) and in a private dermatology practice. Peter runs dermatology clinical trials and oversees the management and review of subspeciality dermatology databases. He is involved in medical undergraduate teaching and co-supervises postgraduate dermatology research fellows undertaking research utilising the databases. His research interests are in the areas of nonsurgical treatments of skin cancer, particularly photodynamic therapy and topical immune response modifiers, new therapies for psoriasis, particularly ‘biologics’ and photodermatology.
Professor David Jonathan Castle
Professor Castle is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has broad clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image. He has published around 350 papers and chapters, and 16 books.
Dr Matthew Peters
Dr Matthew Peters is a Thoracic Physician and Head of Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital. He has specific interests in smoking-related lung disease. He is Chair of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition – an international alliance of charities focused on improving lung cancer care and outcomes. He was instrumental in setting up the Kylie Johnston Lung Cancer Network in Australia – an initiative of the Australian Lung Foundation that seeks to improve individualized patient support for people living with lung cancer.
Dr John Atherton
Dr John Atherton is Director of Cardiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland. He chairs the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Heart Failure Council and is a member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Board, Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee and the National Heart Foundation Chronic Heart Failure Clinical Practice Guidelines Executive Group.
Dr James Daveson
Dr Daveson received the Queensland Gastroenterology Society Young Investigator of the Year award in 2009 and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians National Congress Blackwell Publishing Clinical Excellence Award in 2007. Post fellowship James attended Jichi Medical University in Japan to observe training in Double Balloon Endoscopy to complement his use of capsule endoscopy for imaging of the small bowel. Over the last three years whilst completing his Research Higher Degree he has been involved in research facilitating the reintroduction of parasites into people with Coeliac Disease in an attempt to modulate the immune response. James joined the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Coeliac Research Fund in 2010.
Associate Professor Stephen Della-Fiorentina
Associate Professor Stephen Della-Fiorentina is a medical
oncologist and Director of the Macarthur Cancer Centre in
South West Sydney. He has clinical research interests in
Lung and Breast cancer.
Dr Daniel van Langenberg
Dr Daniel van Langenberg is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne and is extensively involved both clinically and in research encompassing both inflammatory bowel disease and functional gastrointestinal disorders. He is currently working towards a PhD at the Monash University Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
Dr Alex Thompson
Dr Alexander Thompson, is a Gastroenterologist and Head of Hepatology Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is also a Neil-Hamilton Fairley NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and consultant to the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL). Gaining gastroenterology training in Melbourne before completing a PhD in the immunovirology of chronic hepatitis B infection at VIDRL, Alexander recently returned from a post-doctoral fellowship with the McHutchison group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, NC, USA, where he was investigating genetic predictors of treatment outcome in chronic hepatitis C.
Dr Wai Lim
Dr Wai Lim is a consultant nephrologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, with emphasis on transplantation. He completed a PhD in transplantation immunology in 2006, and is in charge of the medical renal transplant programme. He has a strong interest and is involved in clinical transplant and chronic kidney disease research, and is a member of the ANZDATA steering committee and transplant working group.