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Cardiac doctor wins a Victoria Fellowship to work on heart attack care

22 November 2012

- Hero Feature - 2012 Victoria Prize
Dr Dion Stub

Each year more than 19 million people worldwide experience cardiac emergencies such as acute heart attack and cardiac arrest.

Cardiovascular disease remains one of Australia's largest health problems and one of the biggest burdens on communities and the economy. Despite great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease over the last few decades an unacceptably high rate of death and disability remain.

Without urgent treatment, most people die from these sudden cardiac events.

Cardiologist Dr Dion Stub is investigating new ways of managing people with cardiac arrest and heart attack. He is undertaking a PhD through Monash University and the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute. He is also a Cardiac Interventional Research Fellow at the Alfred Hospital.

He is one of 12 young Victorian scientists to win a prestigious Victoria Fellowship. He received the Fellowship on Wednesday 21 November at the State Library of Victoria from the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher.

The Victoria Fellowships, each worth $18,000, were first awarded by the Victorian Government in 1998 to recognise young researchers with leadership potential and to enhance their future careers, while developing new ideas which could offer commercial benefit to Victoria.

The Melbourne cardiologist will travel to the University of Washington - Harborview Centre for Prehospital Emergency Care in Seattle, USA where he will work alongside international leaders in researching cardiac emergency care.

The work in Seattle, which historically has had among the best survival rate after cardiac arrest, will give Dr Stub the chance to examine the similarities and differences between Victoria and the USA in treating critically unwell patients.

Dr Stub has been published in 13 international research journals. He anticipates the fellowship will provide a crucial platform for furthering his interests in clinical based research, to continue involvement in coordinating clinical trials and starting practice at an academic teaching hospital.