A/Prof Craig Nelson

A/Prof Craig Nelson

Associate Professor Craig Nelson ( MBBS FRACP PhD)- Nephrologist

Craig is the Director of Nephrology at Western Health in Victoria and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the North West Academic Centre of the University of Melbourne.

He received First Class Honours at Sydney University for his undergraduate medical degree and completed his PhD through the University of Melbourne. He has over 17 years of experience in Nephrology and General Medicine at Royal Melbourne, Northern Health and Western Health. His PhD was completed on novel markers of Cardiovascular Risk in early CKD. His present research interests are in utilising e-Health to improve the detection and management of early CKD and other chronic diseases including Diabetes, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke.

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A/Prof Nicholas Cox

A/Prof Nicholas Cox

Associate Professor, M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.P., F.C.S.A.N.Z, Nicholas Cox- Cardiologist

Nicholas is Director of Cardiology at Western Health. He i an interventional cardiologist with an interest in the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with chest pain. He performs coronary stenting and angioplasty as well as consulting with patients on the best medications to improve their condition or prevent new problems. He has an interest in the application of evidence based medicine to clinical practice. Nicholas trained at Melbourne University, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School).

Prof Edward Janus

Prof Edward Janus

Professor Edward Janus (MD, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA)

Edward graduated from Otago University New Zealand and subsequently (Otago) with distinction for research on genetic causes of emphysema. Obtained PhD in London studying lipoprotein metabolism in familial lipid disorders. Currently Professor in Department of Medicine University of Melbourne, Head of General Internal Medicine and Director of Research at Western Health. President of the Australian Centre for Heart Health in Melbourne. Research interests are epidemiology and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and translating research into practice in the real world.

A/Prof Shane Hamblin

A/Prof Shane Hamblin

Associate Professor Shane (Peter) Hamblin (MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Endocrinologist o Shane is Head of Endocrinology & Diabetes at Western Health, Melbourne and a consultant endocrinologist at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is Chair of the Drugs & Therapeutics Committee and a member of the Medication Safety Committee at Western Health. He was a member of the Reference Group for the Federal Government’s recent Post-Market Review of Products Used for the Treatment of Diabetes. A Monash University graduate, Shane trained in endocrinology at the Alfred Hospital and then the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA where he researched molecular aspects of thyroid hormone action. He enjoys teaching both Melbourne and Monash University medical students, junior medical staff and general practitioners. He has been a popular guest lecturer for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in Melbourne, Hobart and regional Victoria. His research interests include diabetes and thyroid disease.

A/Prof Christine Rodda

A/Prof Christine Rodda

Associate Professor Christine Rodda, Paediatric Endocrinologist

Paediatric Endocrinologist Christine is a medical graduate and post graduate of the University of Melbourne. She undertook her doctoral studies with Professor T. John Martin in the area of the oncofetal role of parathyroid hormone related protein, and her post-doctoral studies were with Professor Henry Kronenberg at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she studied the skeletal effects of bisphosphonates in animal models. Associate Professor Christine Rodda is a Paediatric Endocrinologist with nearly 30 years of clinical experience in this field, and she is a Past President of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG). She initially trained with the late Dr David Grant, Professor Michael Preece and Professor David Dunger at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. Her major areas of research and clinical expertise include genetic disorders of calcium and vitamin D metabolism and metabolic bone disease, vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy, infancy and childhood and vitamin D deficiency in autoimmune disorders, specifically Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, and osteopenia of prematurity, with 47 publications, including articles published in Science and The Lancet.

Prof Tissa Wijeratne

Prof Tissa Wijeratne

Professor Tissa Wijeratne (MD FRACP, FAHA, FRSM, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (London), FAAN (USA)-Neurologist

Tissa is the Chair, Department of Neurology at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia. He is the Director, Academic Medicine , Director, International Affairs, a senior Neurologist and the Director of the stroke Unit, Neuroscience Research Unit, Movement disorders program, Headache program at Western Hospital, Melbourne. Tissa is a Professor in Neurology and clinical Associate Professor in Medicine, Western Health Clinical School, and University of Melbourne, Australia. He leads a successful stroke care program at Western Health where the team manages a large volume of stroke and TIA patients in western metropolitan Melbourne.

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Dr Natalie Lumsden

Dr Natalie Lumsden

Natalie Lumsden (Phd, Pharmacology), Project Manager

Natalie has a research and project management background that has focused on lab to bedside pharmacological research to help better understand chronic conditions including chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver disease.  She completed her PhD within the Department of Pharmacology, Monash University which focused on identifying new pharmacological tools from animal venoms. Her postdoctoral training was completed at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience-University of Queensland, Department of Pharmacology-University London and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute. At Western Health she manages projects involving multi-disciplinary teams and leads a renal trial coordinator unit

A/Prof Christopher Neil

A/Prof Christopher Neil

Associate Professor Christopher Neil, MBBS, FRACP PHD - Cardiologist

Chris is a Cardiologist at Western Health, Melbourne Australia. He conducted his undergraduate training through the University of Melbourne and post-graduate training at the Austin and Northern Hospitals in Melbourne, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, where he also completed his PhD. Dr Neil completed a clinical and research fellowship in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has expertise in all areas of general cardiology, with subspecialty interests in heart failure and noninvasive diagnostic cardiac imaging.

Bill Karanatsios

Bill Karanatsios

Bill Karanatsios is the Research Program Director, Office for Research at Western Health

Bill Karanatsios has a Science and Project Management background. He has been involved in the health care arena in a number of capacities including as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical researcher, National product specialist a device manufacturer and Client Service Executive with VMIA, assisting clients with the interpretation of the insurance guidelines and policies, risk management and clinical trial insurance provisions. Bill was appointed to The Consultative Council for Human Research Ethics (CCHRE, Consultative Council), an advisory body to the Minister for Health on human research ethics. Bill is currently a consultant in Healthcare and Medical Research assisting clients in the establishment of Research Governance, Risk Management and Business Development.

Dr Julia Jones

Dr Julia Jones

Dr Julia Jones (MBBS FRACP)- Nephrologist

Dr Julia Jones is a clinician researcher working in clinical nephrology and clinical trials at Western Health. She has previously been awarded a Master of Bioethics at the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne investigating the use of e-technology to improve the detection and management of chronic disease. She is the clinical consultant for Chronic Disease IMPACT providing specialist education and outreach to general practices= and analysing and interpreting data