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Professor Roland Stocker

Professor Roland Stocker received his training as a biochemist at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland), ANU (Canberra, Australia) and the University of California (Berkeley, USA). Following an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Berne (Switzerland), Roland moved permanently to Australia in 1988 where he worked as Group Leader at the Heart Research Institute for 13 years, as a Professor at the Centre for Vascular Research at UNSW for 5 years, and as a Professorial Research Fellow at The University of Sydney for 6 years. He joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in December 2012.

Since moving to Australia, Roland has received continuous funding from competitive national (NHMRC, ARC, NHF) and international agencies (e.g., NIH), as well as industry. He has been an NHMRC Research Fellow since 1994, and a Senior Principal Research Fellow since 2001. 

Roland has received several awards, including the inaugural Simon Wolff Contrarian Award for work on vitamin E, awards for highest ranked NHF grant applications, the Paul Nestel Lecturer of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Free Radical Research (Australasia). He is a member of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

Roland is recognized internationally as an expert in redox biology, particularly for his research on antioxidants, and mechanisms and prevention of atherosclerotic vascular disease. His work on bilirubin as an antioxidant is now referred to in biochemistry textbooks and it has contributed to a change in the threshold at which hyperbilirubinemia is treated in clinics. His work on vitamin E has changed the handling of parenteral nutrition in NICUs in New Zealand/Australia, and it provides a scientific rationale for the overall lack of benefit of vitamin E supplements on cardiovascular disease outcome.

Roland has received more than 100 invitations to present at international meetings, including Gordon Research Conferences, FASEB Conferences, the Biennial Meetings of the International Society for Free Radical Research, International Symposia of Atherosclerosis, Harden Conference and International Symposium on Organic Free Radicals. He has more than 250 publications and his current h-index is 73.

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