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From broken to bionic: How medical breakthroughs are repairing hearts


From broken to bionic: How medical breakthroughs are repairing hearts

In March this year, Dr Nathan Palpant from UQ CCVB, together with Professor John Fraser, presented in the Health Matters Lecture, From broken to bionic: How medical breakthroughs are repairing hearts.


Launched in 2017, Health Matters is a series of dynamic public lectures featuring renowned researchers and clinicians. Attendees enjoy fine food and beverages while hearing directly from subject matter experts in an environment that encourages discussion about matters that impact the heath of you and your loved ones.


It’s your body’s hardest working muscle, beating more than 115,000 times each day. Over time, our hearts become vulnerable due to age, diet, exercise and hereditary factors. With 1.2 million Australians affected,  you probably know someone impacted by heart disease. Join us to hear directly from Queensland’s world-leading cardiac researchers and clinicians about how modern mechanics and heart muscle regeneration are keeping hearts beating. Have your questions answered by those at the cutting-edge of cardiac research and meet the man with a new heart.




Dr Nathan Palpant

Dr Nathan Palpant is a stem cell biologist with a focus on cardiovascular development and disease. With research training from the University of Michigan and University of Washington, in 2015 he established the Stem Cell and Cardiovascular Development Laboratory and is co-director of the Queensland Facility for Advanced Genome Engineering at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He is recipient of the International Society for Heart Research Young Investigator Award. His lab uses stem cells coupled with genomics, computational bioinformatics, genome engineering, and disease modelling to study mechanisms underlying cardiac and vascular development and disease.



Professor John Fraser

Professor John Fraser is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he received fellowships in Medicine and Anaesthesia during his basic ICU training. He is a pre-eminent Intensivist at The Prince Charles Hospital, founder and Director of the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) and is the Director of ICU at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.  As well as holding 5 professorial appointments, Professor Fraser holds the first ever Centre for Research Excellence on Bionic Hearts and Lungs co-ordinating multidisciplinary research in this emerging area across Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. Professor Fraser also co-founded BiVACOR, a total artificial heart company and is the Medical Director of the Innovative Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory.





The University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine 2017 lecture series was launched recently with world-leading heart research presented to an audience of 150 guests at Customs House in Brisbane.


Dr Nathan Palpant from UQs CCVB said deaths attributable to heart disease will increase up to 50 per cent over the next 20 years so research is more important than ever.


Dr Palpant’s lab uses stem cells and disease modelling to study the mechanisms underlying cardiac and vascular development and disease.


Read more about The Palpant Lab here


Find more information on the Health Matters launch here


View images from the ‘From Broken to Bionic’ Health Matters seminar here