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Björn Knollman

Professor Björn Knollman

Vanderbilt University, USA

Calcium and Arrhythmia: From Genes to Teens to Better Drugs

Bjorn Knollmann received a MD from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Pharmacology from Georgetown University. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, and served as the division director of clinical pharmacology. He is also the Associated Editor of The Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. His research is focused on studying molecular mechanism and new treatments for ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death. Dr. Knollmann is currently Professor of Medicine (Clinical Pharmacology) and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Gordon Lynch

Professor Gordon Lynch

University of Melbourne, Australia

The Role of Physiology in Understanding Muscle Wasting, Adaptation and Plasticity

Professor Gordon Lynch is Head of the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne (UoM). He completed his Ph.D. at UoM (1992) and postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan (1995-1997) while a NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow. Gordon was the Australian Physiological Society’s A.K. McIntyre Medallist in 1995. He has published extensively on many aspects of skeletal muscle and his passion for mentoring recognised through the UoM’s Research Higher Degree Mentoring Award (2008), a Citation for excellence from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2009), the Smorgon Award for mentoring the Premier’s Award winner (2012) and the UoM’s Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence (2013). Gordon was co-Founder, Director and Chair of fitness2live (2000-2009), one of the world’s first online health and fitness companies; later sold to Medibank. He has authored over 850 monograph health stories and his weekly national media work on ABC Radio for the last 12 years has seen him interviewed on more than 650 occasions, and in newspapers, magazines, and TV news/lifestyle shows. He won a National Journalism Award from the National Asthma Council (2002) and was a Finalist for the Eureka Prizes for Promoting Understanding of Science (2006) and Scientific Research (2013).

David Saint

Dr David Saint

University of Adelaide, Australia

Learning and teaching- the rear view mirror and the road ahead

After obtaining a PhD from St Andrews University in Scotland, David did his post-doc at UBC, Vancouver working on synaptic transmission, before moving to the John Curtin School of Medical Research as a Research Fellow where he developed an interest in cardiac electrophysiology. He moved to Adelaide to set up an independent laboratory in 1997 with NHMRC support. His current research interests are cardiac arrhythmias and ischaemia reperfusion injury; he has currently published over 120 papers. He also teaches into the BHealth Sci, MBBS, BDent Sci, and BSc programs at the University of Adelaide, and regularly presents educational research at international conferences and workshops. In 2012 he was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and the Michael Roberts Award for Teaching from the AuPS. He has a long-standing interest in the commercialisation of biomedical research, having been the CEO of two start-up pharmaceutical companies, is currently Chairman of Bioangels Inc. He also has an MBA(Advanced) from the University of Adelaide (2003), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012), and currently serves on the Board of a Not-for-Profit organisation operating in the disability sector.

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