Researchers

Professor Derek Laver

Associate Professor Derek Laver's research focuses on the use of biophysical methods to study membrane transport and ion channel function. He uses electrophysiolological techniques to measure ion channel function. Channel function is analysed using markov theory to unravel and identify the complex mechanisms that control ion channels within cells.

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Conjoint Associate Professor David Cottee

Conjoint Associate Professor David Cottee

Associate Professor David Cottee is a Senior Staff Specialist Anaesthetist with special interests in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the John Hunter Hospital. Professor Cottee’s past research has included coronary blood flow reflex control modification by volatile anaesthetic agents.
His current research interests involve the effects of intravenous anaesthetic agents on physiological cardiorespiratory control systems during hypoxaemia.

Associate Professor Kerry Inder

Dr Kerry Inder is an associate professor of nursing with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle (UoN). She has extensive experience in coronary care and cardiac rehabilitation, managing patients with multiple comorbidities, as well as research experience in chronic disease, including mental illness, multi-morbidity, ageing, rural health and health services research.

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Professor Geoff Isbister

Dr Isbister is a clinician researcher in clinical toxicology and his research has focused on understanding poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions. He heads the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University.
He has published over 260 original research publications and holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, is the Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Venom and Antivenom Translation Research, as well as being Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant.

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Dr Suku Thambar

Dr Suku Thambar undertook his specialist training in cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, USA. He has since lived in the Hunter region where he practices as an interventional cardiologist in the private and public sectors.
Dr Thambar is an active clinical researcher who acknowledges the significance of research in contributing to the advancement of cardiology.
His major research interests are the use of adult stem cells in the management of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases, and the emerging technology of renal artery denervation using catheter-based radio frequency ablation to manage conditions such as resistant hypertension and heart failure.

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Conjoint Associate Professor Koert de Waal

Conjoint Associate Professor Koert de Waal is a full-time neonatal clinician with long-standing interest in clinical research. His track record started in the Academic Centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and continued as post graduate fellowship in Sydney, in order to learn functional echocardiography in neonates with world leaders in the field.
His PhD focused on functional echocardiography of the newborn with emphasis on heart-lung interactions, and was completed after his move to Newcastle.
He has published in numerous peer reviewed journals in his field and his work has led to several national and international speaking invitations. Improving understanding of newborn hemodynamics remains his main research goal.

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Dr Nicolas Collins

Dr Nicholas Collins is a cardiologist with particular interest in congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, interventional cardiology, focusing on coronary and interatrial interventions, and transoesophageal echocardiography.  In addition, Dr Collins is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and is currently Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Lingard Private Hospital.

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