R T Hall Prize

We are delighted to announce the 2023 R T Hall Prize is awarded to Prof Gemma Figtree AM. The RT Hall Prize is the most prestigious research award of CSANZ and recognises the achievements of senior and established investigators.

Over the last 10 years Prof Figtree has led an expanding international team addressing the mechanisms and unmet needs regarding clinical pathways for patients who develop coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction despite no standard modifiable risk factors (SMuRFs).

She is the National Scientific Lead of the large global clinical trial AEGIS II and was appointed to the adjudication panel, co-leading the heart failure analyses and publications for the highly cited CANVAS program demonstrating of benefits of SGLT2 inhibition in diabetics.

Using validated pre-clinical models, she has made seminal contributions that have provided unique insights into the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease susceptibility.

An impressive line up!

Captured at this year’s CSANZ ASM was an impressive line up of previous R T Hall Prize winners. Pictured together here, at the 2023 CSANZ ASM President’s Welcome on Thursday evening – an “RT Hall Prize Hall of Fame”. 

View the full list R T Hall Prize winners below from 1965 to date. 

(from left to right): Prof Paul Nestel (awarded in 1965, the first RT Hall Prize recipient), guest with Prof Gerald Watts (2022), Prof Phil Aylward (1984) and Prof Stephen Nicholls (2018). 


LIVE PANEL | Managing CVD with Obesity | Outcomes from the AHA Scientific Sessions 2023

ADS will host an exciting virtual event.
Join the experts, including Prof John Atherton, A/Prof Sarah Glastras, A/Prof Samantha Hocking, Prof Stephen Nicholls and Prof Sophia Zoungas for a Live Panel Discussion on Monday 13 November 2023 from 7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEDT). 

Discussion will cover the outcomes of the 2023 AHA Scientific Sessions in relation to managing cardiovascular disease in people living with obesity, plus a review of the trial results presented at the AHA Meeting.   Download the flyer for full details.  Register here for the Live Discussion 

2023 CSANZ ASM and ANZET Meeting Prize winners

Congratulations to all the Young Investigator Prize Winners who were awarded for their abstract presentations at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand held in Adelaide. 

The abstract titles below will link directly to their prizewinning abstract published in the Heart, Lung and Circulation special July 2023 Issue: Volume 32, Supplement 3S111-S457.

Ralph Reader in Basic and Translational Science Prize Winner: Dr Victoria Nankivell

Post-doctoral Scientist, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Ralph Reader in Clinical Science Prize Winner:
Dr Stacey Peters

Cardiologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Abstract: Environmental Factors Influence the Natural History of Genetic Dilated Cardiomyopathy  

Judges: Clara Chow, Derek Chew, Emelia Benjamin, Rebecca Ritchie, David Playford

Allied Health, Science and Technology Prize Winner:
Mr Samual Turnbull

Cardiac Physiologist, Westmead Hospital/ Westmead Applied Research Centre

Cardiac Imaging Prize Winner:
Dr Lauren Giudicatti

Fellow, Royal Perth Hospital

Cardiovascular Genetic Diseases Prize Winner:
Ms Amy Mitchell

Research Assistant, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Cardiovascular Nursing Prize Winner:
Ms Wendan Shi

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Clinical Trials Prize Winner:  
Ms Trang Dang

PhD candidate, University of Queensland

Heart Failure Prize Winner:
Mr Justin Lineham

Medical Student, Monash University

Prevention Prize Winner:
Ms Sonali Munot

PhD Student, Westmead Applied Research Centre

ANZET 2023

Winner:  Dr Hannah Kempton, St Vincent’s Hospital, NSW

 “TAVI-in-TAVI: Transseptal puncture and arterio-venous loop formation to cross the severely stenosed valve after early TAVI failure”.


Winner:  Dr Rajan Rehan, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

“Multi-vessel Functional Angiography increases diagnostic yield in INOCA”.

ANZET Best Interventional Imaging Prize

Winner: Dr Max Ray, John Hunter Hospital, NSW

“A sudden slip up – embolised sutureless aortic valve salvaged with TAVI”.

CSANZ ASM New Investigator Poster Prizes
Medical Student Poster Prize

Winner:  Matthew Morton

Poster Title:  Caudal Fluoroscopic Guidance for the Insertion of Transvenous Pacing Leads
Judges: Mayanna Lund, Anand Ganesan

Basic Physician Trainee or Advanced Trainee Poster Prize

Winner:  William He

Poster Title:  Comparing PCSK9 inhibitor prescription rates within high-risk populations: diabetes mellitus, multi-territory vascular disease, multivessel and recurrent coronary artery disease

Judges:  Matthew Worthley, Rebecca Kozor


PhD Candidate Poster Prize

Winner:  Sarena La

Poster Title:  Coronary Vasomotor Disorders in ANOCA Patients: insights from the CADOSA registry

Judges:  Clara Chow, Christina Bursill

Cardiovascular Nursing Poster Prize

Winner:  Marie-Claire Seeley

Poster Title:  Autonomic dysfunction is prevalent in post-acute sequelae of Covid-19 [PASC]

Judges: Rochelle Wynne, Jeroen Hendriks 

Allied Health, Science and Technology Poster Prize

Winner:  Jessica Orchard

Poster Title:  Results of 10 years of pre-participation cardiac screening of elite athletes in New Zealand

Judges: Julie Redfern, Anna Rolleston 

International Society for Heart Research (ISHR) Early Investigator and Student Prizes
ISHR Best Postdoctoral Publication Prize and Early Investigator Best Talk Award

Winner:  Dr Jarmon Lees, Senior Research Officer, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, NSW

ISHR People’s Choice Award

Winner: Dr Yow Keat Tham, Senior Research Officer, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, VIC

ISHR Student Investigator Prize Joint Winners

Winners: Olutope Arinola Akinnibosun, PhD Student, Federation University, VIC.   Teleah Belkin, PhD Student, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute,VIC.

Student Publication Prize

Winner: Dr Louise Segan, PhD Fellow, Alfred Health, VIC.

Postdoctoral Publication Prize

Highly commended:  Dr Holly Voges, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, VIC

Dr Aran Kanagaratnam and Dr Sohaib Virk

First authors of: Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia in Ischaemic Versus Non-Ischaemic Cardiomyopathy:  Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Thank you to all those who attended the 2023 CSANZ ASM and ANZET Meeting.

There was a fabulous energy across the four days, from the first Symposium to the final What’s Hot Plenary, with a bumper crowd, presenters and exhibitors taking part.

Thank you to Derek Chew, ASM Convenor; Christina Bursill and Anand Ganesan (Chairs, Scientific Program Committee), Sidney Lo, ANZET Convenor and the members of the organising committees for putting together the wonderful programs.

Congratulations to all the Young Investigator Prize Winners awarded at the 2023 CSANZ ASM and ANZET Meeting held in Adelaide at the beginning of August 2023.

Link to the highlights of the 2023 CSANZ ASM and ANZET Meeting as published in the latest On the Pulse below:

If you would like a copy of an official photo please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will send a copy to you.

Australian Cardiovascular Risk Guidelines

The Australian Cardiovascular Risk Guidelines were launched in Canberra on Thursday, 20 July.  Health stakeholders gathered as the Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, (centre) launched the country’s new Guideline and calculator for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk.  Also pictured (left) is Prof Garry Jennings, Chief Medical Advisor, National Heart Foundation of Australia.

Access the CVD Risk Guidelines here: www.cvdcheck.org.au

Call for Expressions of Interest – Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand is collaborating with CSANZ to develop a Joint Position Statement on the Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).

The purpose of the Position Statement is to provide concise, practical and evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of PAH. The Position Statement will provide a framework to ensure a consistent standard of care for patients with PAH.

CSANZ is inviting expressions of interest from members to join the Writing Group.  The group will comprise a  diverse representation including geographical spread, gender, discipline, and experience.

Click here for further details.

CSANZ Council symposia and AGM programs

CSANZ Council symposia and AGMs will be held on Thursday, 3 August 2023.

Click here for the full list of symposia or on the links below to view the detailed programs.
·       Cardiac Imaging
·       Cardiovascular Genetic Diseases
·       Cardiovascular Nursing
·       Clinical Trials
·       Heart Rhythm/EP

CSANZ Program       Register here

ANZET Program     Register here

CSANZ Indigenous Travel Scholarship to the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting 

Apply now for a CSANZ Indigenous Travel Scholarship to the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

The purpose of the Indigenous Travel Scholarships is to assist Indigenous Members of CSANZ attend the 2023 CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from 3-6 August.

The awards will enable talented individuals’ attendance at the ASM to further develop research and clinical knowledge and expertise and to build professional networks.

The value of each award will differ depending on the budget requested, place of residence and number of applications received.


  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island, Māori or Pacific People who are Members of CSANZ registered to attend the 2023 CSANZ ASM in Adelaide.
  • Working or studying in a clinical area of cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery, working in an area where there is a large caseload of patients with cardiac conditions, or a researcher in the area of cardiology.
  • Applicants must reside outside of the State in which the ASM is being held.

See here for further details and how to apply.Indigneous travel awards

Applications close on Friday 21 July, 2023.


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