Innovation at the heart of smarter cardiac technologies and treatments

Our internationally renowned panel of experts will discuss key cardiovascular issues and latest innovations. Discover more about the problems of cardiac arrhythmias, how computational modelling is used to treat heart conditions and how collaboration between technology and clinical experts could accelerate progress for cardiac patients.

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Prof. Jonathan Kalman

Cardiologist, Melbourne Heart Rhythm, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Jonathon Kalman is the head of the Royal Melbourne Heart Rhythm department, where his unit is a centre of clinical, teaching and research excellence in Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. Professor Kalman is nationally and internationally recognised as one of the world's leading researchers in heart rhythm disturbances. Professor Kalman is currently the Scientific Chair of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Scientific Chair of the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society. Professor Kalman is the recipient of many prestigious awards, notably the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Excellence Award as the leading Practitioner Fellow in Australia.

Dr. Jonathan Mynard

Leader of the Cardiovascular Bioengineering Team, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Dr. Jonathon Mynard is the leader of the Cardiovascular Bioengineering Team within the Heart Research Group at Murdoch Children's Research Institute. His research interests explore the development and application of state-of-the-art analytical and imaging techniques to better understand and treat cardiovascular problems amongst children. Dr. Mynard is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, and the Department of Cardiology, Royal Children's Hospital, as well as a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Steven Niederer

Professor in Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
King's College London.

Dr. Steven Niederer is a senior lecturer in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King's College, London. Dr. Niederer received his DPhil in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in 2008. His research interests combine experimental and clinical data with biophysical computational models to better inform patient selection, treatment, and therapy optimisation. Prior to King's College, Dr. Niederer was an Early Career Fellow at the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Elise Sutherland

Founder & CEO, Stelect

Elise completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Biomedical Engineering with Business at The University of Melbourne in 2017. Elise has previous work experience within several small to large corporate businesses in the healthcare sector.  Elise is a strong leader and an innovative and strategic thinker who has successfully taken Stelect into a venture backed business creating impactful technical innovation with a large-scale commercial impact. Elise was an honouree of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia for 2020.

(Chair) Dr Vijay Rajagopal

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Dr. Vijay Rajagopal is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Rajagopal's expertise in bioengineering span medical image analysis, mechanobiology, and systems and computational biology. Dr. Rajagopal received his PhD from the University of Auckland and is the recipient of several prestigious awards and nominations, notably a finalist at New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year and runner-up of the MICCAI Young Scientist of the Year. Starting with a Royal Society of New Zealand Early Career award Dr. Rajagopal's current research uses computational models to study molecular mechanisms of heart disease.