Australian Academy of Science 2018 Selby Fellow

  • Fellowships are awarded annually to distinguished overseas scientists to visit Australia. It is intended that public awareness of science and scientific issues is raised through a series of public lectures and seminars. The Foundation congratulates and acknowledges the valuable work undertaken by the 2017 Selby Fellow.

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  • Professor Stefanie Dimmeler


    Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Centre for Molecular Medicine at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.
    Awarded on 25/08/2017

    Professor Stefanie Dimmeler, Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Centre for Molecular Medicine at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

    Professor Dimmeler is a cell biologist and has made major contributions to science and cardiovascular medicine that are of interest and relevance for the scientific community and the general public: 

    She aims to develop strategies to improve the healing of the myocardium after infarction. In particular, Professor Dimmeler has developed cell-based approaches to building up new blood vessels and inducing the natural repair/regeneration processes after myocardial ischemia. Her research has provided the basis for clinical cell therapy trials in patients with acute myocardial infarction and heart failure that she initiated together with Dr. Zeiher.

    More recent work has focused on the identification and therapeutic modulation of non-coding RNAs in cardiovascular diseases. Since recent studies revealed that the majority of the transcribed part of the human genome does not encode proteins, the understanding of the vast array of novel regulatory RNA sequences is of major importance and may represent targets for novel therapies. Based on Professor Dimmeler´s research, inhibitors against small non-coding RNAs (so called microRNAs) are closed to being used for the first time in humans for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes.

    Given that cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death and the consequences of vascular disease are associated with a high morbidity, the basic understanding of the processes leading to cardiovascular disease are of major importance, and even more so are novel therapeutic approaches needed to prevent or treat these diseases. Professor Dimmeler´s visit in Australia is dedicated to the exchange of ideas, data and concepts with the expectation that she will synergistically interact with basic scientists as well as clinicians, students, early career investigators as well as the top scientists in Australia. In addition, her lecture tour shall raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in the community and the importance of combating this disease at many levels.

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