Speaker: Dr Peter Psaltis, National Heart Foundation Future Leaders Fellow, Co-Director of Vascular Research Centre, SAHMRI and Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide
Title: Macrophages in atherosclerosis: from stem cells to foam cells
Chair: Dr Yuliy Chirkov, Principal Medical Scientist, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group, BHI, TQEH.
Speaker Biography: Peter Psaltis, MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ. Dr Psaltis is an Academic Interventional Cardiologist who holds a National Heart Foundation Future Leaders Fellowship in the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide. He is the Deputy Leader of the Heart Health Theme and Co-director of the Vascular Research Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He completed his PhD in 2009, studying the cardiovascular reparative properties of immunoselected bone marrow mesenchymal precursor cells. He undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in vascular adventitial biology as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow at the Mayo Clinic, MN, USA (2009-2012). This was followed by an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Monash Health, Melbourne (2013-2014). He returned to Adelaide in 2015 to positions at SAHMRI, the University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His bench-to-bedside research interests focus on the developmental origins, molecular and pharmacological regulation of macrophages in healthy and diseased vasculature, and the applications of stem and progenitor cells in cardiovascular therapeutics. Dr Psaltis has secured $4.2 million dollars in category 1 fellowship and grant funding, including three NHMRC project grants as CIA. He has published >95 full-text manuscripts, is an Associate Editor for Heart, Lung and Circulation and is on the editorial board of Cardiovascular Research.