Heart Research

The Heart Research Group studies many aspects related to cardiovascular health in children. The diverse nature of these studies reflects the varied skills and knowledge of the research group members. The team has world-leading expertise in the assessment of cardiovascular function, acquired both through animal studies and cells. This includes the use of invasive and non-invasive techniques, including the development of new techniques, in order to improve our understanding of congenital and acquired heart disease.

The group has projects using cord blood stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells – those generated from adult cells – through collaboration with laboratory researchers at the Institute. Our epidemiology research has informed the management of paediatric cardiomyopathy and the Fontan circulation in addition to many other congenital heart conditions. The study of myocardial protection through ischemic preconditioning is a major focus of our research, in particular the changes with maturation and applicability in children with complex heart disease.

The close working relationship between clinicians and scientists fosters rapid clinical translation in addition to identifying areas of clinical interest which would benefit from mechanistic investigation.  

Group Leaders: 
Group Members: 
Assoc. Prof. Christian Brizard
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Prof. Igor Konstantinov
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Assoc. Prof. Andrew Davis
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Dr Lucas Eastaugh
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Assoc. Prof. Steve Horton
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Dr Norman Liaw
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Ms Julie Angerosa
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Karin Du Plessis
Role: 
Research Coordinator
Dr Freya Sheeran
Role: 
Research Officer
Dr Kelly Kenna
Role: 
Research Officer
Ms Jane Koleff
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Slavica Praporski
Role: 
Research Officer
Ms Greta Goldsmith
Role: 
Research Assistant
Ms Vanessa Connell
Role: 
Project Manager
Mrs Michelle Rose
Role: 
Project Manager
Ms Hollie Gilmore
Role: 
Research Coordinator
Mrs Ingrid King
Role: 
Project Manager
Ms Janina Chapman
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Aneta Kotevski
Role: 
Research Assistant
Mr Russell Nunn
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Remi Kowalski
Role: 
PhD Student
Ms Ramona Krauss
Role: 
PhD Student
Mrs Nikita Gupta
Role: 
PhD Student
  • Fontan Registry of Australia and New Zealand
  • National Australian Cardiomyopathy Collaborative study
  • TRAGADY- Sudden death study
  • Wave intensity analysis
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Brain injury in children with congenital heart disease
  • Cardiac function in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Ischemic Preconditioning