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Dr Elizabeth Paratz

MBBS(Hons) | BMedSc | FRACP

Liz is a cardiologist undertaking her PhD from 2019 on the topic Optimising the genetic and forensic analysis of sudden cardiac death. Her PhD will draw on research from the creation of Australia’s first sudden cardiac death (SCD) registry (the Unexplained Cardiac Death Project), recruiting all cases of unexplained cardiac death aged under 50 years old. The UCDP registry is a unique initiative led by world-class researchers Associate Professor Andre La Gerche and Professor Christopher Semsarian, and will place Australia on a leading global footing in SCD research, with a bedrock of research to inform Australian expertise.

Liz graduated from Melbourne University in 2010 with honours in her medical degree and gained fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as a cardiologist in 2017. Alongside her clinical work in cardiology, she spent one year in laboratory research in London (2007/08, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London), investigating biomarkers of pulmonary hypertension. She also undertook a year of postgraduate biostatistics study at Harvard University in the Global Clinical Scholars’ Research Training Program (2015/16). She travels annually to Timor-Leste as a medical volunteer with the East Timor Hearts Fund, and is a member of the ETHF Clinical Governance Committee and a founding member of the ETHF Research Committee.

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