RAHsearch 2021 presenters  

Meet the world-class researchers and speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and insights at RAHsearch 2021.


What’s New in Heart Disease 

 Monday 11 October 2021 from 12.10pm to 1.30pm 

RAHsearch Closing CEO Lesley Dwyer

Speaker: Lesley Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, CALHN

Topic: 2021 Official opening of RAHsearch and overview

Central Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer.

RAHSearch Chief Scientist Prof Caroline Mcmillen

Speaker: Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for SA

Topic: The role of the RAH in the $4B Adelaide Biomed City

Professor Caroline McMillen, the current Chief Scientist for South Australia, is a distinguished medical and health researcher, who holds national and international roles in research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.

Professor McMillen was Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle for seven years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the economic transition of Newcastle through significant engagement with industry and the establishment of innovation hubs to drive collaboration between industry, researchers, startups and investors. Her insights and experience proved instrumental in the development of the EXCITE Strategy, South Australia’s 10-year plan to grow the economy through R&D and the advancement of future industries and maintain our proud reputation as a centre of scientific excellence.

Professor McMillen previously has worked at the University of Adelaide as head of the Department of Physiology and the University of South Australia as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation.  

RAHSearch Dr Cynthia Papendick

Speaker: Dr Cynthia Papendick

Topic: Diagnosing Heart Attacks

Dr Cynthia Papendick is an Emergency Consultant working in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). She is passionate about emergency medicine and improving patient outcomes.

Her primary research interest is in evaluating best practice in the investigation of patients presenting to the ED with chest pain or acute coronary syndromes, such as heart attacks.

Originally from Philadelphia, USA, Dr Papendick now lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and many animals.  

RAHsearch Prof Peter Psaltis

Speaker: A/Professor Peter Psaltis  

Topic: Cholesterol in Heart Disease 

Associate Professor Peter Psaltis is an Academic Cardiologist and Vascular Biologist, working as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

A/Professor Psaltis holds NHMRC Career Development and National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowships administered through the Adelaide Medical School. He is Leader of the Heart and Vascular Program, Co-Director of the Vascular Research Centre, and Theme Leader within the Lifelong Health Theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

He has unique expertise across all three disciplines of basic, translational and clinical research, and leads bench-to-bedside projects spanning topics of developmental, macrophage biology, vascular stem cells, inflammatory regulation of atherosclerosis, pharmacological modification of atherosclerosis and coronary plaque imaging.   


What’s New in Diabetes  

Tuesday 12 October from 12.30pm to 1.30pm  

RAHSearch Prof Robert Fitridge

Speaker: Professor Robert Fitridge 

Topic: Diabetic Foot Disease  

Professor Rob Fitridge (MBBS, MS, FRACS) is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Adelaide, and consultant Vascular Surgeon with Central Adelaide Local Health Network and Lyell McEwin Health Service in Adelaide.

Professor Fitridge works across the multi-disciplinary foot services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He is also Chair of the Peripheral Arterial Disease Working Group on the Diabetic Foot.  His research focusses on improving wound healing in diabetes-related foot complication (DRFC). 

At RAHsearch 2021, he will be discussing:

  • New technologies which improve wound healing and reduce limb amputations in DRFC.
  • The role of telehealth in delivering best practice care to rural and remote patients
  • The importance of developing international best practice management guidelines to improve outcomes of DRFC.
RAHSearch Prof Christopher Rayner

Speaker: Professor Christopher Rayner

Topic: Novel Diabetic Therapies

Professor Christopher Rayner is a gastroenterologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and an investigator at the Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health, based at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Rayner’s research program utilises collaborations across the Adelaide Biomedical Precinct to understand how the gut interacts with nutrients and chemicals passing through it, and how we can harness this knowledge to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes.

RAHSearch Prof Toby Coates

Speaker: Professor Toby Coates  

Topic: Pancreatic Islet Transplantation

Professor Toby Coates is a clinician-scientist and transplant nephrologist in the Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Adelaide, where he completed his PhD in Transplant Immunology.

Professor Coates undertook his Post-Doctoral studies with Angus Thomson at the University of Pittsburgh’s Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute.

He is the sole Australian Associate Editor for the ISN’s journal, Kidney International, Director of South Australia’s Nationally Funded Centre for Islet Transplantation, Head of Kidney and Pancreas Islet Transplantation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and President of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

What’s New in Cancer

Wednesday 13 October from 12.30pm to 2pm

RAHSearch Cancer-Dr Cindy Lee

Speaker: Dr Cindy Lee

Topic: Blood Cancer

Dr Cindy Lee is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist who completed training in Perth and then undertook a European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) clinical research fellowship in the UK, in the field of targeted radiotherapy in stem cell transplantation for haematological malignancies.

Dr Lee is the clinical co-lead in multiple myeloma at Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She sits on the Myeloma Scientific Advisory Group (MSAG) for Myeloma Australia, EviQ Reference Committee for haematology, and is a member of the Plasma Cell Disorder Working Group of the Centre for International Bone Marrow Transplantation Registry (CIBMTR).  She practices in both clinical and laboratory haematology with a particular interest in multiple myeloma. 

At RAHsearch 2021, Dr Lee will be discussing recent developments in immunotherapy in multiple myeloma, with a focus on antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates.

RAHSearch Cancer-Dr Melissa Bochner

Speaker: Dr Melissa Bochner 

Topic: Breast Cancer 

Dr Melissa Bochner trained in Adelaide, Sydney and Edinburgh and is a Breast and Endocrine Surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where she is currently Head of Unit. She is a clinical titleholder at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Bochner has also worked at BreastScreen SA and is a member of the Women in Surgery Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Additionally, she is a Council member of Breast SurgANZ,and is the Chair of the National Breast Quality Audit.  

Dr Bochner has an interest in research and teaching and is a guest reviewer for several peer reviewed journals.

RAHSearch Cancer-Prof Peter Gorakski

Speaker: A/Professor Peter Gorayski

Topic: Machine Learning in Radiotherapy  

Associate Professor Peter Gorayski is an experienced radiation oncologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) with clinical expertise in the management of complex cancers. He is an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia and Honorary Fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).  

At the RAH, Peter leads the implementation of state-of-the-art technology applications including automation and machine learning solutions, prostate stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) and the Rapid Access Palliative Radiotherapy Service (RAPRS). He provides comparative photon/proton planning services for Australian patients seeking proton therapy as part of Medical Treatment Overseas Program (MTOP).  

Peter is an examiner for the Faculty of Radiation Oncology at the Royal Australian and New College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and is a research supervisor for radiation oncology trainees, post-graduate and PhD students. He is an investigator on multiple Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology (TROG) trials and has a number of peer-reviewed medical education and clinical research publications. 

Peter has been instrumental in promoting proton therapy patient advocacy nationally and is a member of the Particle Therapy Special Interest Group at RANZCR. 

In collaboration with SAHMRI and Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research (ABCPTR), Peter is developing a series of webinars focusing on improving the radiation experience for patients and families. 

RAHsearch Closing CEO Lesley Dwyer

Speaker: Lesley Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, CALHN 

Topic: 2021 Clinical Rapid Implementation Project Scheme (CRIPS) grants 

Central Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer announcement of CRIPS grant recipients for 2022 and certificate presentations.

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