Paul Korner Seminar Series

The Paul Korner Seminars are presented weekly, giving young scientists within the Victor Chang Institute the opportunity to present some of the groundbreaking work they are carrying out within individual research programs.

This Seminar Series established in 1998 is named in honour of Paul Korner in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cardiovascular research.

Sadly, Professor Korner passed away on October 4, 2012.

Emeritus Professor Paul Korner graduated from the University of Sydney in Science and Medicine, and obtained his clinical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. This was followed by a period of research training at the Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology at Sydney Hospital, and then overseas at the (now) Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in London (Department of Medicine), and the Harvard Medical School (Department of Physiology) in Boston.

Paul Korner returned to Australia in 1956 to the Department of Physiology, University of Sydney.  In 1960 Paul Korner became Foundation Professor of Physiology at the University of New South Wales. With an initial intake of 48 students, there was an opportunity for applying Harvard style teaching methods and still have time left for research. In 1968 Paul Korner left to become Scandrett Professor of Cardiology at the University of Sydney where he stayed until the end in 1974.

In 1975 he became Director at the Baker Medical Research Institute, which had facilities for basic research and facilities for clinical research in the adjoining Alfred Hospital. The Baker Institute became the first in Australia entirely dedicated to cardiovascular research, with the main focus on hypertension and atherosclerosis. Paul Korner retired in 1990 and returned to Sydney, where he is currently a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales.

His personal research was on how the autonomic nervous system operated in the intact organism, and on the mechanisms that cause hypertension. He was the author and co-author of some 330 papers, chapters etc; as well as the author of a book on ‘Hypertension, Brain and Circulatory Control’ that grapples with the causes of hypertension.

Paul Korner was an Officer of the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. However, his greatest pleasure was perhaps seeing the number of his former colleagues and associates occupy chairs and research positions in Australian Universities.

Each year a prize is given to the best presenter and runner up of the series.

Vale Professor Korner, AO, FAAS, 18/11/25 – 04/10/12.

Past Winners of The Paul Korner Seminar Series:


Dr Duncan Sparrow (Winner) Talk Title: Congenital scoliosis: getting to the heart of the problem

Dr Charles Cranfield (Runner Up) Talk Title: Clustering of the Mechanosensitive Ion Channels MscS and MscL: A FRET-FLIM study

Dr Stefan Mann (Staff Choice Winner) Talk Title: The genetic wheel of fortune – epistatic effects of potassium channel variation on Atrial Fibrillation


Alistair Stewart (Winner) Talk Title: Thermus thermophilus H+-ATPase/synthase. Dr Chu Kong Liew + Liz Yeo (Joint runners up) Talk Titles: “Towards the structure of a serpentine receptor: A game of snakes and ladders” and “Evaluation of mechanisms of contractile dysfunction in Lamin A/C-deficient mice”

Dr David Szekely (Staff Choice winner) Talk Title: The Virtual Heart: Efficient and Interactive Simulations of Cardiac Electrical Function


Dr Lawrence Lee (Winner) Talk Title: The Victor Chang’s first protein crystal structure – The molecular basis for rotation and switching of the bacterial flagellar rotary motor

Dr Chris Blair (Runner Up) Talk Title: Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation for functional recovery following acute myocardial infarction. Sharon Chih (Staff Choice winner) Talk title: Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor to stimulate neovascularisation in chronic angina. Liz Yeo (Staff Choice Runner up) Talk title: Evaluation of mechanisms of contractile dysfunction in mouse model of dilated cardiomyopathy, Lamin A/C-deficient mice


Dr Adam Hill (Winner) Talk Title: Risk stratification in LQTS2: Laboratory insights into a clinical problem
Dr Traude Beilharz (Runner Up) Talk Title: Finding the targets of miRNA mediated repression
Leah Cannon & Lawrence Lee (Joint Staff Choice Winners) Talk Titles: Characterisation of a regulatable mouse model of left ventricular hypertrophy; Unsolved mysteries of the rotary ATPase enzymes “Marvelous rotary engine(s) of the cell”


Dr Gavin Chapman & Dr Robert Bryson-Richardson (Joint Winners) Talk Titles: The role of DII3 during Notch signal transduction and somitogenesis; Slow muscle formation and FishNet: Zebrafish development in three dimensions
Christiana Leimena (Staff Choice) Talk Title: Role of BKCa channel in normal cardiomyocyte function and in heart disease


Ms Milena Furtado (Winner) Talk Title: MAD about SMADs: The role of BMP signalling in left-right patterning
Dr Tom Hall (Runner Up) Talk Title: From phenotype to gene: What’s wrong with my fish


Dr Owen Prall (Winner) Talk Title: How the heart rules the head: Nkx2-5 regulates multiple progenitor cell types in vivo
Dr Jason Kovacic (Runner Up) Talk Title: A stem cell based approach to chronic refractory myocardial ischaemia


Ms Vesna Nikolova (Winner) Talk Title: Getting to the core of heart disease!
Dr Georgina Hollway (Runner Up) Talk Title: Hedgehog needs you


Dr David Humphreys (Winner) Talk Title: New tools for analysing microRNAs
Miss Kylie Lopes Floro (Runner Up) Talk Title: Exciting developments: Cited2 and the heart


Dr Duncan Sparrow (Winner) Talk Title: “Cited 1: Coming soon to a branch near you?”
Miss Bryrony Mearns (Runner Up) Talk Title: Inactivation of Gh results in delayed wound healing and altered fibroblast cytoskeletal dynamics


Dr Christine Biben (Winner) Talk Title: Laterality and heart development
Ms Nisha Nanda (Runner Up) Talk Title: Targetted inactivation of Gh/Tissue transglutaminase


Dr Sirri Iismaa (Winner) Talk Title: Transmembrane signalling mediated by the high-molecular-weight G-protein, Gh
Dr Gillian Begg (Runner Up) Talk Title: Does overexpression of ErbB-2 in fibroblasts cause cell growth arrest?


Mr Cheng Chun Wang (Winner)
Dr Siri Iismaa (Runner Up)


Dr Merridee Wouters (Winner) Talk Title: Carboxypeptidase A and Thermolysin share a common fold
Dr Christine Biben (Runner Up) Talk Title: Nkx2-5 and heart development


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Women in Sport Lunch at Rosehill Gardens

Heart of the West Charity Ball


Charity ball raising vital funds for heart disease


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Updated: March 2014