2021 CSANZ RT Hall Prize Winners
The 2021 R T Hall Prize has been awarded to Prof Peter Thompson and Prof Mark Nidorf
Professors Thompson and Nidorf have made a significant contribution to cardiovascular medicine in their pursuit of the role of colchicine in preventing coronary events.
In the last 14 years Nidorf and Thompson’s work has propelled the idea of treating atherosclerotic inflammation with colchicine from the bedside into the international spotlight. Not only has it helped to “close the loop” on the inflammatory hypothesis of atherosclerosis, but colchicine’s potential as a cornerstone therapy for secondary prevention coronary disease with an inexpensive readily available drug with an impressive safety profile, is now seriously considered. Work continues to determine if early intolerance to colchicine can be reduced by differing dosing regimens and how best to monitor anti-inflammatory effect in atherosclerosis. The evidence from trials completed to date suggest that repurposing colchicine for secondary prevention of CV disease has the potential to change practice and have a global impact on CV disease.
The 2020 R T Hall Prize was awarded to Professor Peter Kistler
Prof Kistler leads the Electrophysiology Program at The Alfred Hospital and The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Over the past decade Peter has developed the clinical program into one of the highest profile groups nationally and internationally.
He is now recognized as one of the leading international figures in the management of atrial arrhythmias. In parallel with his success as a leading EP clinician, Prof Kistler has assembled outstanding track record of research output. He has published a substantial portfolio of research papers including many at the highest levels in Circulation, JACC and European Heart Journal.
As a component of his clinical and research work, Peter has been a consistent supervisor of PhD candidates undertaking advanced EP training and research. Many of these graduates have already gone on to substantial appointments in major academic centres.