1989 Scholar in Medicine
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Jamie Vandenberg graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine with First Class Honours in 1988. He continued his study as an intern at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney where he was accepted as a resident medical officer in 1989.
Jamie was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD within Cambridge University’s department of Biochemistry. He will be using the latest form of magnetic diagnostic techniques to study cell tissues. His research may allow for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of heart disease, some forms of cancer and brain tumours.
Studied at: University of Cambridge
Jamie Vandenberg is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney and received his PhD form the University of Cambridge. After post-doctoral training with Professors Trevor Powell and Denis Noble, FRS at the Universities of Oxford and Professor Jim Metcalfe and Chris Huang at the University of Cambridge he was appointed a group leader at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in 2002. He established the Mark Cowley Lidwill Research Program in Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2007 and was appointed co-deputy director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in 2010. He holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and is a conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales.
The work of Jamie’s laboratory has received continuous competitive grant funding since 1997 (from the British Heart Foundation and Wellcome trust in the UK and since returning to Australia in 2002 from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and the National Heart Foundation). Jamie has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Gedge Prize for the best Physiological research undertaken by a graduate student at the University of Cambridge and the British Heart Foundation Basic Science Award.
Jamie is recognized internationally as an expert in cardiac electrophysiology, particularly for his research on hERG K+ channels and the molecular basis of inherited arrhythmia syndromes. The many invitations to write reviews on the role of cardiac ion channels include one for the prestigious Journal Physiological Reviews.
Jamie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Physiology, the most highly ranked primary research journal in the Physiological Sciences. He regularly reviews for international journals (average: 1-2 manuscripts/month), national and international granting agencies and has been a member of grant review panels for the NHMRC and NHF as well as a member of the NHMRC Assigners Academy.
Jamie has served on the council of the Australian Phsyiological Society and Australian Society for Biophysics. He has five patents (three active) and has consulted for biotech and pharmaceutical companies both in Australia and the UK. He has also organized several national and international meetings and was co-chair of the scientific program committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics 2014 Meeting in Brisbane.