World-leading cardiovascular researcher visits Australia

March 25, 2019
Professor Stefanie Dimmeler with Mr Graeme Selby, chairman of the Selby Scientific Foundation.

Leading cardiovascular researcher Professor Stefanie Dimmeler, Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Centre for Molecular Medicine at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, visited several institutions across Australia as part of the Selby Fellowship during January and February.

Professor Dimmeler researches the basic mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular vessel growth with the aim of developing new therapies for heart disease. In particular, her research group works to uncover the role of microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs—part of the mysterious ‘dark genome’—in cardiac ageing, repair and regeneration.

Professor Dimmeler visited eight institutes and universities, including a six-week sabbatical at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. The visits allowed Professor Dimmeler to establish and build on existing collaborations, and to give lectures in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

Selby Fellowships are awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to visit Australia for public lecture or seminar tours, and to visit scientific centres in Australia.

The Selby Fellowship is financed through the generosity of the trustees of the Selby Scientific Foundation.

Applications are now open for the 2020 round of travelling fellowships

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