Dr Elizabeth Paratz

Dr Elizabeth Paratz - our latest clinical faculty member

World Renowned Sudden Cardiac Arrest Researcher Joins the Institute

3 July 2023

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) proudly welcomes Dr Elizabeth Paratz as its newest clinical faculty member.

Dr Paratz will join the HEART Laboratory based at St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) as a Team Leader and focus on accelerating and furthering the understanding of sudden cardiac arrest.

The appointment expands the partnership between SVI and VCCRI. It comes just months after Professor André La Gerche established the HEART lab at SVI and joined VCCRI as clinical faculty, supported by both organisations.

Professor Jason Kovacic, Director and CEO of VCCRI, says:

"Dr Paratz is recognised globally for her research into cardiac arrest. Every year, around 25,000 people in Australia experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital, and we are unable to determine the cause in far too many cases.

"Dr Paratz's work will play a vital role in delivering answers to families across Australia and will help reduce the burden of this terrible disease."

Professor Tom Kay, Director of SVI, says: “We’re excited to have Dr Paratz join SVI. Her presence will further build the growing partnership between our two institutes and will help us achieve more than either of us could working alone.”

Dr Paratz will lead a team of SVI researchers, working closely with Professor La Gerche and scientists at VCCRI, who are also undertaking research into sudden cardiac arrest.

Dr Paratz says she is thrilled to be joining SVI and VCCRI: "SVI and VCCRI are leading the way into cardiac research on a number of frontiers, and it is exciting to join as part of the team to lead major projects and commence new national and international collaborations."

Professor Kovacic adds:

"We now have a powerhouse of scientists dedicated to beating sudden cardiac arrest because of this growing partnership. This combined expertise will expedite urgently needed new treatments and breakthroughs."

In addition to focusing on sudden cardiac arrest, Dr Paratz also undertakes research into rheumatic heart disease, global health, digital innovations, and big data analysis. She has published 85 research papers, is an Associate Editor on several international journals, and was announced as a World Heart Federation Emerging Leader in 2023.

She has also constructed the largest registry of deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest globally – work that she will continue to drive in her new role.

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is Australia's only national heart disease research institute. Its headquarters are in Darlinghurst, Sydney, and additional hubs are at The University of Western Australia and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research in south-western Sydney.

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