The Cardiac, Vascular, and Metabolic Medicine Steering Committee is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the International Speaker Fellowship. The Steering Committee invited academics affiliated with the theme to submit applications to invite and host an international expert working in the area of Cardiac, Vascular, or Metabolic Medicine to visit UNSW Sydney in Australia.

The CVMM theme is pleased to offer each of these UNSW CVMM researchers financial to support their speakers' travel to Australia. These international speakers will deliver faculty-side, in-person lectures, sharing their cutting-edge insights and experiences with our students and faculty.

While we received many worthy applications to host their research partners from a range of countries, including Sweden, France, Italy, the USA, and the UK, the following four researchers will invite and host their international research partner.

Round 2




Talk Topic

Prof Jamie Vandenberg

Prof Tina Vilsbøll

Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, 
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

1. Cardiovascular Benefits of GLP1 agonists
2. Utilisation of incretins as therapeutics  (November 2024)

Prof Anthony Rodgers & Prof  Alta Schutte 

Dr Michael Rakotz

American Medical Association

Challenges and opportunities in achieving a step change in hypertension control in Australia – lessons from the USA (November 2024)

Prof Bruce Neal & A/Prof Sradha Kotwal 

Prof Ewout Hoorn

Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Potassium in chronic kidney disease: reconciling controversies  (November 2024)

A/Prof Belinda Parmenter

Prof Mary McGrae McDermott 

Deputy Editor of JAMA
Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Pharmaceutical and lifestyle medicine for cardiovascular disease with a focus on peripheral artery disease; AND her career trajectory to Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University and Deputy Editor of JAMA (November 2024)


A series of lectures will be held later in 2024, following the successful visits from our round 1 recipients below.

Round 1:

Professor Diane Fatkin, inviting Professor Steven Niederer, Co-Director of the Alan Turing Institute: Multi-Scale Patient-Specific Cardiac Models Based on Clinical Data. Lecture planned for September 2024.

A/Professor Jodie Ingles, inviting Professor James Ware, Professor of Cardiovascular and Genomic Medicine at the Imperial College London: Polygenic Determinants of Monogenic Cardiovascular Disease: Does Genetic Influence Clinical Care? Monday May 6 at the Garvan Institute.

A/Professor Ruth Peters, inviting Professor Jeff Williamson, Professor of Medicine and Center Director at Wake Forest Center for Healthcare Innovation: Cognitive Decline and Hypertension: Another Reason for Intensive Blood Pressure Control. Thursday 7 March at UNSW [How can older adults remain independent for as long as possible?]