George Clinical’s Scientific Leaders transform site performance.
Professor Vlado Perkovic
Vlado Perkovic is Executive Director of The George Institute, Australia; Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; and a Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
His research focus is in clinical trials and epidemiology, particularly in preventing the progression of kidney disease and its complications. He leads several major international clinical trials, serves on the Steering Committees of several others, and has led the development of George Clinical, the global clinical trials arm of The George Institute. He has been involved in developing Australian and global guidelines in kidney disease, cardiovascular risk assessment and blood pressure management.
Vlado holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and completed his undergraduate training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Committee on Research Translation; is Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Action for Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) group; and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and of the American Society of Nephrology.
Ari VanderWalde, MD, MPH, MBioeth
Dr Ari VanderWalde is an internationally-recognized cancer researcher, Dr. VanderWalde holds a dual appointment with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology.
Dr. VanderWalde previously served as United States Medical Lead and Clinical Research Medical Director with Amgen Inc., directing U.S. global development of talimogene laherparepvec, a novel viral-based immunotherapeutic that has shown efficacy in late-stage clinical trials in melanoma. As an expert in melanoma, Dr. VanderWalde has collaborated with some of the nation’s thought leaders and participated on advisory boards with top experts in the field.
Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP
Dr Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP, is a medical oncologist and hematologist, senior partner and medical director at the community-based private practice at The West Cancer Center. Dr. Schwartzberg is founding Editor-in-Chief for Oncologystat.com and was the founding Editor-in-Chief for Community Oncology Journal. He serves as the Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Schwartzberg also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. His research interests include breast cancer, supportive care and developmental therapeutics, having published over 110 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Bruce Neal
Bruce Neal is a Senior Director at The George Institute for Global Health; Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health.
Dr Neal is a UK-trained physician who has 20 years research experience in the clinical, epidemiological, and public health fields with a focus on heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Bruce has a longstanding interest in the environmental determinants of high blood pressure and the potential for changes in the food supply to deliver health gains. His work has been characterised by its focus on collaboration, quantitation, translation and impact. He holds professorial appointments at UNSW Sydney, Imperial College London, Flinders University in South Australia, an honorary appointment at the University of Sydney and chairs the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health. He has published some 300 scientific papers and in 2016 was identified by Thomson Reuters as one of ‘The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’, an acknowledgement provided to just 3000 researchers across all disciplines, worldwide. He has particular expertise in salt reduction but also a broader knowledge of food policy issues related to sugars, fats, portion size and food labelling.
Associate Professor Meg Jardine
A/Prof Meg Jardine is a clinician researcher developing a program of research exploring the cardiovascular and other complications of chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
Dr Jardine has worked as a Nephrologist in both the public and private sectors, where she directly manages chronic kidney disease and diabetes and their consequences for patients.
She is currently Deputy Director of the Renal & Metabolic Division at the George Institute for Global Health; Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; and holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. She has presented her work in Late Breaking and prize sessions of the World Congress of Nephrology and the Australasian Nephrology conference and has published in high impact journals. Dr Jardine is collaborating on the development and delivery of other national and international trials investigating methods to mitigate the excess burden of cardiovascular disease and is Chair of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network Haemodialysis Working Group.
Professor Clara Chow
Clara Chow is Director of the cardiovascular division of The George Institute, Program Director Community Based Cardiac Services, Westmead Hospital and Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine University of Sydney.
She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney and completed a postdoc in cardiovascular epidemiology and clinical trials at McMaster University, Canada. Clara holds a Career Development Fellowship of the NHMRC co-funded by the National Heart Foundation. Her research focus is clinical and community approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention.
Professor Christine Jenkins
Christine Jenkins is Head of the Respiratory Group at The George institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney.
Christine has been Principal Investigator and has led many investigator-initiated and competitively funded clinical trials in airways disease. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung health in Australia, chairing the National Asthma Campaign, the Federal Government’s National Asthma Advisory Group and many local and international guidelines and implementation initiatives to enhance resources, skills, capacity and clinical outcomes in airways disease. She was president of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 – 2009.
Christine is an active clinician, and teaches and supervises medical students, advanced trainees and post graduate students. Her area of research interest is the clinical management of airways disease and patient reported outcomes in response to therapeutic interventions, and she is currently implementing trials in asthma and COPD management and pulmonary rehabilitation in Australia and Asia. Christine has written two books on asthma, one for medical students and one for patients, their families and carers. In 2002 she was made a Member in the Order of Australia for recognition of service to respiratory medicine as a physician, administrator and educator, especially in the field of asthma education.
She is on the Board of the Lung Foundation Australia, and is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American Thoracic Society, European Respirator Society and the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology.
Professor Emeritus Norbert Berend
Norbert Berend is Head of Respiratory Research at the George Institute for Global Health and a member of the physiology group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research of which he was the Director from 2000 to 2012. He holds the academic title of Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney; and is a Visiting or Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities.
He is a past President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. He has also held positions with the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society. Norbert’s research interests include the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD and clinical intervention studies to improve the outcome of airways disease.
Norbert is a recipient of the TSANZ Medal, the APSR Medal and has received an Award of Merit from the European Respiratory Society. In 2003 Norbert was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to respiratory medicine.
Professor Craig Anderson
Professor Craig Anderson is Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, and is in part-time clinical practice as a neurologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is Executive Director of The George Institute, China and based with the team at Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China.
Craig holds specialist qualifications in clinical neurology and geriatrics, a PhD in medicine and epidemiology from The University of Western Australia, and is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. He is a past President of the Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation and the Stroke Society of Australasia, and is a member of several specialist societies and an editor for the Cochrane Stroke Group. He has published widely on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of stroke, cardiovascular disease and aged care, and has led several large-scale investigator-initiated epidemiological and clinical trials that have had a major influence on clinical practice guidelines for stroke treatment and prevention.
Professor Simon Finfer
Simon Finfer is a Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute for Global Health. He is a practicing critical care physician with an appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Intensive Care at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest not-for-profit hospital in New South Wales.
Simon holds a Professor appointment at the University of New South Wales, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Sydney. He is a past-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group. He chairs the Council of the International Sepsis Forum, and is a member (Treasurer) of the Global Sepsis Alliance Executive. Simon is a member of the World Sepsis Day Steering Committee and recently co-chaired the 1st World Sepsis Congress, a two-day free online congress that attracted 14,000 registrants.
His postgraduate qualifications include Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He was elected to the ANZICS Honour Roll in 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) by The Friedrich-Schiller University in Germany, an honour awarded once every 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
Simon’s major research interest is the design and conduct of large scale randomised controlled trials in critical care. Simon is active in forging major international research collaborations that have conducted large scale clinical trials and epidemiological research to improve the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. He has published over 150 peer reviewed papers, many in the most prestigious journal in the world. He is frequently invited to lecture at major international conferences.
Simon is an Editor of The Oxford Textbook of Critical Care (2nd Ed.), the Critical Care Section Editor for The Oxford Textbook of Medicine (6th Ed.), and was a guest editor for The New England Journal of Medicine from 2012 – 2014.
Professor John Myburgh AO
Professor John A Myburgh AO, is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Director of the Division of Critical Care and Trauma at the George Institute for International Health and Senior Intensive Care Physician at the St George Hospital, Sydney. He holds honorary Professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
He has an extensive research track record over 25 years and is regarded as a national and international expert in catecholamine neurophysiology and pharmacology, trials of clinical management of traumatic brain injury, fluid resuscitation and in the development and co-ordination of over 35 clinical trials in Intensive Care Medicine.
He is a Foundation Member and Past-Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre at the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. In addition to his research profile, he has made a substantive contribution to education in Intensive Care Medicine, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels over the last 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the College of Intensive Care Medicine, serving as a Fellowship examiner for twelve years, on the Board for ten years and as the first elected President from 2010-2012.
In June 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine as an intensive care medical practitioner, educator and researcher, and as an international innovator in patient management.
Professor Vivekanand Jha
Professor Vivekanand Jha is the Executive Director, The George Institute for Global Health, India, and James Martin Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford.
Prior to joining The George Institute, he was Professor of Nephrology and Head, Department of Translational Regenerative Medicine and Officer-In-Charge, Medical Education and Research Cell at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. Vivek serves on the international advisory boards of several organisations, including membership of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, and the executive committee of the International Society of Nephrology.
He is a councillor of the International Society of Nephrology, a member of the education committees for the International Transplantation Society and International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. He is a physician with a specialisation in the area of kidney diseases and he focuses on emerging public health threats globally and in India. He is particularly interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches and innovation to address the major challenge posed to humanity by non-communicable diseases.
Professor Kazem Rahimi
Kazem Rahimi is the James Martin Senior Fellow in Essential Healthcare at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. As the Deputy Director of The George Institute UK he leads the Essential Healthcare Programme, which aims to find practical and affordable solutions for the global health priorities of the world’s largest emerging economies, as well as the priorities of vulnerable or disadvantaged populations in established economies.
He graduated in medicine from the University of Leipzig in Germany with postgraduate training in cardiology and health services research in Leipzig, London and Oxford. Prior to joining the George Institute, in 2010, he was a Research Fellow at Oxford’s Clinical Trial Service and Epidemiological Studies Unit. His research interests include service delivery innovation in chronic disease prevention and management, large-scale complex intervention studies, and data-driven electronic decision support systems.
Professor Anthony Rodgers
Anthony Rodgers is a Professor of Global Health at The George Institute. After graduating in medicine in the United Kingdom he trained in epidemiology and public health in New Zealand. He was the Principal Author of the 2002 World Health Report, the main annual publication for WHO.
Since 2003 he has led a public-private partnership developing an affordable four-in-one cardiovascular combination pill (‘polypill’), with a clinical trial program in economically developed and developing countries. His current work aims to foster similar developments designed to be ‘fit for purpose’ in low income settings.
Associate Professor Martin Gallagher
Martin holds positions as Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, Associate Professor of Medicine at Concord Hospital Clinical School (part of the Sydney Medical School), Director of the Renal and Metabolic Division in the George Institute and a clinical nephrologist in the Renal Dept. at Concord Repatriation and General Hospital. He works extensively in the ANZ Society of Nephrology in renal guidelines and clinical policy.
Martin’s research interests include large scale clinical trials to explore ways to improve the outcomes of patients with kidney disease (esp. in the setting of acute kidney injury), extending the follow up of such clinical trials to understand the long-term effects of treatments, measurement of health systems and the means of applying research evidence into practice.
Dr Muh Geot Wong
Dr Wong is Renal Physician at the Royal North Shore hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is also a senior research fellow at the George Institute of Global Health and holds a Senior Lecturer position, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. His PhD entitled “Novel therapeutic options in models of nephropathy” was awarded in 2011.
His main area of research is in understanding the pathomechanisms of kidney tubulointerstitial fibrosis and biomarkers in predicting progression of chronic kidney disease particularly in diabetic kidney disease.
Dr Wong has worked on kidney injury molecule-1, transforming growth factor-β1, bone morphogenetic protein-7, Farnesoid X receptor and novel anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory agents in extracellular matrix deposition in human proximal tubular cells and in vivo model of fibrosis.
His is also passionate in translation medicine and is involved in the post hoc analyses of the IDEAL study and currently involved in multicentre international trials at the George Institute including TESTING and SONAR study.
Professor John Chalmers AC
John Chalmers AC FAA has an outstanding record in hypertension research, both fundamental and clinical. His groundbreaking research on the role of the brain in the development of hypertension led to his election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and helped establish Flinders University as a leading international centre in hypertension and neuroscience research.
His studies on the treatment of high blood pressure for the prevention of heart attack and stroke have changed the way patients are treated throughout the world. His work has been recognised through many awards including the Wellcome Medal, the RT Hall Prize of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Zanchetti Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Society of Hypertension and the Volhard Medal of the International Society of Hypertension.
Professor Chalmers’ contribution to medical science has been acknowledged through the award of many Honorary Doctoral degrees and extensive appointments on national and international boards and advisory committees. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in 1991 and an Officer in the National Order of Merit of France in 2010.
John Chalmers remains an active researcher at The George Institute Australia, where he is a principal investigator on many research grants and Chair of steering committees for major studies, mentors young clinical researchers from around the world, and continues to publish and lecture prolifically.
Associate Professor Laurent Billot
Laurent is a senior biostatistician with 20 years of experience in health research. He is Director of the Statistics Division at the George Institute for Global Health and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney.
He is responsible for providing statistical services to the George Institute and its collaborators in Australia and globally. He holds a Master of Science in Statistics and Computer Science and a Master of Research in Public Health (Biostatistics). He is an accredited statistician by the Statistical Society of Australia (AStat).
Professor Stephen Jan
Stephen Jan is Head of the Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program at the George Institute for Global Health and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney.
He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, a Director of the Sax Institute and an Associate at both the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. He is a current NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and has previously held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) in Sydney. Stephen has over 20 years of experience in health economics, has published over 200 scientific articles and authored two textbooks in health economics.
He has worked closely with various governments of different levels, both in Australia (Commonwealth and State) and overseas, with international agencies such as the WHO and industry. His areas of expertise are economic evaluation, health financing, health sector priority setting, Indigenous and global health issues and the economics of chronic disease.
Professor Mark Woodward
Working in the Professorial Advisory Unit of The George Institute, Mark is also a Professor of Medical Statistics in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, where he is an Oxford Martin Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
He is the author of 400+ peer-reviewed publications and two text-books on statistical methods in medical research, one of which had its third edition published in January 2014. In the five year period from January 2009 to December 2013 he published 161 (>40% of his total) peer-reviewed publications, including seven in The Lancet, two in NEJM and one in JAMA. Three of his papers have over a thousand citations.
Mark has led four major international studies and directed the analytical research on three landmark collaborative studies, worldwide. His work on cardiovascular risk scores formed the basis of national guidelines in Scotland, and his recent work on kidney disease was used to produce new staging criteria for this disease. His total career grant awards are over $93 million from 39 successful applications.
He also has extensive experience in student teaching, postgraduate supervision and mentoring including 14 PhD and 19 MSc students successfully completed. He has given training workshops in Korea and Thailand, and has taught at least 25 other research training courses.
Mark served on the governing council of the Institute of Statisticians and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and is currently a fellow of the RSS, the European Society of Cardiology, the New York Academy of Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine.
He has wide experience of development aid work in Africa and Asia, having undertaken 25 missions for aid agencies, such as the WHO. He has also assessed grants for six national medical research councils (including NHMRC) and served on the editorial boards of seven international journals.