Robert Graham, AO, FAA, MD

Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI);
Sydney Des Renford Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales

Dr. Robert Graham is the Des Renford Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales, and has been the inaugural Executive Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Sydney, Australia, since returning to Australia in 1994.  Prior to that, he spent 17 years in the United States working at Southwestern Medical School, Dallas; the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and foreign member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Dr. Graham’s research for many years has focused on molecular cardiology, with emphasis on circulatory control mechanisms, hypertension, receptor signaling and cardiac hypertrophy.  Recently, he has also been actively involved in studies of cardiac regeneration and the application of stem cells for the treatment of heart diseases.

Dr. Graham is a member of the Research Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council; the Appointments and Promotions Committees of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and Garvan Institute of Medcial Research; the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland and the Centre for Vascular Research, UNSW; Mesoblast Ltd., Melbourne, and Zensun Ltd., Shanghai; and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Boards of The Bosch Institute, University of Sydney and the Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowships Committee (Australia), and Board Member, VCCRI, EngeneIC Ltd, Sydney and the Lowy Medical Research Institute.

He serves or has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Biological ChemistryCirculation ResearchJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology and Molecular Pharmacology.