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Biography

Professor Ben Freedman is currently Deputy Director of Research Strategy, Heart Research Institute/Charles Perkins Centre and Group Leader of the Heart Rhythm and Stroke Prevention Group. He is a professor of Cardiology at The University of Sydney and former head of Department of Cardiology Concord Hospital.

He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was Deputy Dean of Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney's Medical Faculty, for 9 years from 2003 to 2012, and received the Faculty's inaugural Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

He also heads Vascular Biology at ANZAC Research Institute on the Concord Hospital Campus. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to medicine as a clinician, educator, and researcher. His research interests are broad but now focus on atrial fibrillation (AF): his group's work on screening was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Innovation Award in 2013. With five others, he formed the AF-SCREEN International Collaboration, which now has over 130 members from 33 countries, including many of the foremost names in AF research. He has authored over 180 publications and a number of book chapters.

To succeed as a scientist, it takes an understanding of the problem leading into an insight into the solution, accompanied by determination and persistence.”

Collaborations

  • Collaboration with the Poche Centre to screen for atrial fibrillation in Aboriginal Australians in remote and rural NSW, NT, and WA
  • Collaboration with researchers in Royal Melbourne Hospital to detect atrial fibrillation post stroke in Australia, Hong Kong and China (SPOT-AF)
  • Collaboration with researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to screen for atrial fibrillation in cardiac clinics, general practice and the community (over 20,000 people screened to date)
  • Collaboration with researchers in Shanghai to screen for atrial fibrillation in community centres (AF-CATCH) (ongoing)
  • Collaboration with Hamburg and Gutenberg Heart studies (Germany) on screening for atrial fibrillation (ongoing)
  • Collaboration with researchers in Frankfurt Germany about epidemiology of atrial fibrillation (ongoing)
  • Collaboration with researchers in Oklahoma (USA) to screen for atrial fibrillation in tribal Indian Clinics (ongoing)
  • Collaboration with researchers in Toyama (Japan) to investigate the incremental yield of annual screening (ongoing)

Projects

Collaboration with researchers in Oklahoma (USA) to screen for atrial fibrillation in tribal Indian Clinics

Collaboration with researchers in Toyama (Japan) to investigate the incremental yield of annual screening

Collaboration with researchers in Shanghai to screen for atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with Hamburg and Gutenberg Heart studies (Germany) on screening for atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with researchers in Frankfurt Germany about epidemiology of atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with researchers in Royal Melbourne Hospital to detect atrial fibrillation post stroke in Australia, Hong Kong and China (SPOT-AF)

Collaboration with researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to screen for atrial fibrillation

Patient self-screening using a smartphone ECG to identify recurrence of postoperative atrial fibrillation after non-cardiac surgery and medical admissions in Concord Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, and Gosford Hospital

Collaboration with the Poche Centre to screen for atrial fibrillation in Aboriginal Australians in remote and rural NSW, NT, and WA

Patient self-screening for atrial fibrillation in general practice using screening stations

Atrial Fibrillation Screening, Management, and Guideline-Recommended Therapy (AF-SMART) studies