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Prof André La Gerche

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Professor André La Gerche completed a PhD at St Vincent’s/University of Melbourne and four years of post-doctoral research at the University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium. Subsequently, he established his own research lab and cardiac imaging facility at the Baker Institute that produced several late-breaking clinical trials published in leading cardiovascular journals.

His research and clinical work focuses on the effect of exercise on the human heart. He studies the range of health from severe heart and lung disease to elite athletic performance.

Prof La Gerche now heads the Heart Exercise And Research Trials (HEART) Lab supported by VCCRI and the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. It comprises a young team of multi-disciplinary researchers that combine innovative exercise testing and cardiac imaging to identify the factors that contribute to heart muscle dysfunction, heart rhythm problems and cardiac arrest.

He has pioneered novel imaging techniques including exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and contrast echocardiography. He has more than 300 peer-review publications and text-book chapters, serves on multiple international guideline statements and is regularly invited to present at major international cardiology conferences.

Prof La Gerche is also a cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - The Home of Heart Research for 30 Years