Professor David Celermajer is the Clinical Director of HRI, a professor and heart specialist at RPA and he's a doctor three times over. As well as his medical qualifications, he has a Masters from Oxford, a PhD in children's heart disease from London University and a PhD in Science from this very university. He was also world debating champion and public speaking champion in the 1980s, where the topic with which he won was ‘Why We Shouldn’t Play Leap Frog with Unicorns'.
Born and raised in Nevada, USA, Dr Melissa Farnham originally had no interest in research. Now Unit Leader of the High Blood Pressure Group at HRI, and balancing the challenges of family and work, she couldn’t imagine any other career path.
“A career in research really gives you a sense of purpose and drive. While it can be a long and difficult path, every day you can feel satisfied that the work you do is for the greater good. And that in itself is one of the most rewarding experiences,” says Richard Tan, PhD candidate with the Applied Materials Group at HRI.
A breakthrough by HRI scientists could soon protect tens of thousands of Australians with diabetes from killer heart disease and stroke.