HRI Clinical Director awarded Australia Day honour

Awards and Achievements

Prof. Celermajer recognised for his pioneering work

Prof. Celermajer, who heads the Clinical Research Group and is Clinical Director of The Heart Research Institute, was named an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

 This award is given for “distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large”.

“I’m very thrilled and dedicate the award to my parents who inspired me, and to my wife and children, who bring me joy,” says Professor Celermajer.

Prof. Celermajer was recognised for his pioneering work as a clinician and researcher in the field of cardiology. Particular attention was called to Prof. Celermajer’s advancements in non-invasive medical diagnostics, and for his tireless promotion of heart health in children and young adults.

"Early detection of heart disease in childhood and young adult life opens up the important possibilities of preventing late disease, with enormous potential benefits across the world, to reduce the devastating impact of heart disease in later life," Professor Celermajer said in a public lecture at The University of Sydney late last year.

Research from the Clinical Research Group, headed by Prof. Celermajer, spans an exceptional range, with his laboratory studying the cellular mechanisms that cause heart disease. The lab’s clinical studies at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital cover not only heart disease, but also a number of congenital diseases and related conditions like pulmonary hypertension, a disorder of the blood vessels supplying the lungs.

Prof. Celermajer has been forthright in promoting better techniques for heart disease detection in the developing world, where cardiovascular disease is a growing epidemic.

This is facilitated by collaborations with major research institutions across the world.

We are proud to have Prof. Celermajer on our team and contributing to our vital research.

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