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Kate Gall recently joined The George Institute Australia as the newly appointed Project Manager in the Cardiovascular Division. Kate tells us about impact she hopes to have on the prevention of repeat heart attacks, and a little bit about herself.

In an era where the increasing burden of disease and disability from chronic diseases such as back pain, stroke and diabetes, have major socio economic implications, current models of healthcare are not sustainable; and with Australia's national health expenditure expected to reach $246 billion by 2033, more innovative and cost effective approaches to healthcare are urgently needed. The work of Dr Manuela Ferreira explores this important question.

Jake began his Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2012. Aside from Injury prevention, he is also interested in suicide prevention, social and emotional wellbeing and other areas such as violence prevention. We asked him why helping young licensed drivers is so important and what motivates his research.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has recently completed their review of the Seed Grant applications. Decision letters of the winning trainees are released and distributed by Westat.

My five year old grandson started school last Monday with all the other new kids from all backgrounds in this great country we call Australia. He was a few months old on the day Kevin Rudd, as Prime Minister, delivered his speech to parliament on 13 February 2008 and gave the long-awaited national apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Already juggling three jobs and being a father of four, it is a surprise that Associate Professor Martin Gallagher also has the time to head up The George Institute's Renal and Metabolic Research division. Being inspired everyday to help patients is what drives his commitment.

How did a fresh graduate become an independent project manager responsible for a whole team? LI Shenshen talks about how she has matured in her six years with the The George Institute and devoting herself to her academic research career.

Professor Simon Finfer of The George Institute received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena earlier this month.

Professor Finfer was awarded the Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding work as a clinician and researcher, said Professor Kondrad Reinhart, Director of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, who gave the Laudatory speech in honour of Professor Finfer.

Motivated by the chance to deliver better health outcomes for Indigenous populations, Sharon Ponniah joined The George Institute in 2012 as Program Manager for the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration.

Mary Anne Land joined The George Institute for Global Health in 2010. Not even 12 months after completing her Masters in Public Health in her hometown of Wollongong NSW, she now finds herself completing an internship at The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

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