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The Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium, Australia’s premier cardiovascular research event, is returning in 2021. This year’s thought-provoking theme is remodelling and regeneration in cardiovascular research and clinical practice.

  • Date: 9 – 10 December 2021
  • Venue: Virtual
  • Register:
  • Cost: Free to attend, but register to secure your place and to submit abstracts and competition entries

Hosted jointly by the Heart Research Institute and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium’s vision is to make the world’s best cardiovascular expertise accessible to all researchers, and to facilitate collaboration to translate this expertise into clinical practice and establish NSW as the preeminent Australian leader in cardiovascular research.

The event anticipates welcoming over 300 researchers and interested parties from major medical research institutes, all NSW universities and umbrella bodies such as Sydney Health Partners.

EMCRs can submit abstracts for EMCR Flash Talks and Rising Star Awards, as well as enter the Graphical Abstract competition and Art in Science competition. Submissions can be made as part of the registration process.


Day 1 – Thursday 9 December, 8:30–14:30

PLENARY CLINICAL LECTURE: Prof Eduardo Marbán (Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

SESSION I: Discussion Panels: COVID-19 Effects on the Heart; How COVID-19 has Affected Research

SESSION II: Rising Stars

SESSION III: Flash Talks

SESSION IV: Interactive Workshop: Difficult Discussions

Day 2 – Friday 10 December, 13:00–17:00

SESSION I: Cardiovascular Remodelling and Regeneration

  • Dr John O’Sullivan (HRI)
  • Prof Liza Thomas (Westmead)
  • Dr Charles Cox (VCCRI)
  • Dr Freda Passam (HRI)
  • Prof Andrew Boyle (Newcastle)

SESSION II: Cardiovascular Remodelling and Regeneration

  • Dr Pierre Qian (Westmead)
  • Dr Renjing Liu (VCCRI)
  • Dr Tessa Barrett (HRI)
  • Prof Peter MacDonald (VCCRI)

PLENARY PRINCESS’S LECTURE: Prof Ralf Adams (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine)

Abstract and competition submissions

If you are registering as an EMCR, as part of your registration you can:

Submit abstracts for EMCR Flash Talks

  • Abstracts must be max 300 words

Submit abstracts for Rising Star Award

To be considered you must be a maximum of 5 years post PhD (PhD students may apply). To apply for the Rising Star Award, EMCRs must submit the following:

  • Abstract (max 300 words)
  • One-page CV
  • Cover letter describing research discoveries and contribution that these have made to the field

Enter the EMCR Graphical Abstract competition

  • Submissions must be limited to an A4 page, 300dpi, preferred file as JPG, PNG

Submission categories:

  • A widely known scientific concept
  • A common experimental protocol
  • An explanation of a disease that could be used for patient education

Enter the EMCR Art in Science competition

  • Submissions must be limited to an A4 page, 300dpi, preferred file as JPG, PNG
  • Entries should include a short, lay description of the artwork, suitable to be understood by a high school student (<50 words). The name/s and affiliation of the author should be included in the description of the artwork

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