CSANZ 2022

Livia Hool

University of Western Australia, WA

Livia Hool completed her PhD as a Gaston Bauer Cardiovascular Fellow in the Cellular Electrophysiology Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Helge Rasmussen at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. She was then awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship to undertake further research in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Subsequently, with an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship, she returned to Australia and relocated to The University of Western Australia, where she established the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory in the School of Human Sciences. She has received continuous competitive funding from national and international granting bodies including the American Heart Association, Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) since obtaining her PhD. Her research focuses on the role of calcium in the excitability of the heart and in the regulation of mitochondrial energetics, with an emphasis on designing therapy to prevent the development of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

Professor Hool is Treasurer of the World Council of International Society for Heart Research (ISHR) and Past President of ISHR Australasian Section (2013-16; 2016-19). She advocates for increased awareness of cardiovascular disease and research investment to the public and government. She was a founding Director and Secretary of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, and she is the Founding Director and Chair of the Western Australian Cardiovascular Research Alliance. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel to the MRFF Cardiovascular Mission and a member of the Heart Foundation Research Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research.

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