1 - 4 August 2024


Julian Paton

University of Auckland, NZ

Julian is an integrative physiologist translating novel findings from animal models to humans. He was educated at the University of Birmingham (BSc (Hons) 1984) and University of London (PhD, 1987). Subsequently, between 1989-1994, he was a fellow at EI DuPont, Wilmington and University Washington, Seattle, US, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (University of Göttingen, Germany). In 1994, he was awarded a British Heart Foundation Fellowship at the University of Bristol, UK. In 2017, he transferred to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he is Director of Manaaki Manawa (established 2019) – the Centre of Heart Research, and Co-Director of PÅ«tahi Manawa – Healthy Hearts of Aotearoa New Zealand (established 2021), which is the first national Centre of Research Excellence addressing equity in heart health through community-led research. His research focuses on the neural coupling between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. His novel fundamental discoveries have resulted in first-in-human trials for treating neurogenic hypertension, sleep apnoea and heart failure. He is founder member and Chief Scientific Officer for Ceryx Medical Ltd. designing a novel bionic pacemaker for heart failure. He has 435 publications, ~23,500 citations and an h-index of 82. He was made Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2021.


Gaston Bauer Lecture

The Gaston Bauer Lecture was instituted in 1988 to honour this warm and caring physician who has contributed so much to medical education, cardiology and research into cardiovascular disease.

Gaston Bauer was born in Vienna in 1923 and he and his family fled to Italy in 1938 and thence to Australia in September 1939 just after the outbreak of World War II. Gaston undertook private study and gained entry into Medicine at the University of Sydney graduating with first class Honours and the University Medal in 1946.

He left Sydney for Vienna in 1949 to work for a year as a Medical Officer for the United Nations program for the resettlement of refugees – a post from which he helped many people, including some of our most eminent physicians and cardiologists, to come and settle in Australia.

He then worked for two years in London with John McMichael and Paul Wood before returning to Sydney where he shared rooms with Stan Goulston, and worked as clinical assistant at Prince Alfred and North Shore, and then was appointed as Physician at Sydney Hospital in 1955. He moved to the Royal North Shore Hospital in 1972.