Welcome to AAS 2019

The 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society will be a stand-alone meeting this year, in the vibrant city of Melbourne With a program which will be packed with cutting edge presentations from keynote speakers, both clinicians and researchers, from home and abroad, it will have something for everyone. A range of awards and travel grants are again available, and the SCOLAR program on day one will no doubt again be very well received by our more junior members. For the first time ever, we are running a dedicated Clinical Masterclass session on Friday and Saturday, which will add a richness and depth to the program, and allow for fantastic interaction between clinicians and researcher alike.

We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting!


Christina Bursill

President AAS



History of the AAS

Australian Atherosclerosis Society is the premier society for Atherosclerosis research and education in Australia.

The AAS formed in 1974 and incorporated in 1986, promotes, at a national level, the advancement of science research and teaching in the field of atherosclerosis. The AAS endeavours to achieve these objectives by promoting the exchange of existing knowledge, encouraging new research ventures and interdisciplinary approaches and fostering dissemination of knowledge by organising national and international scientific meetings.

Organising Committee

AAS would like to thank the organisers who have worked tirelessly to bring this program together for members and non-members alike to create a memorable and valuable meeting.


Belinda Di Bartolo

Scientific Program Manager

Belinda completed her PhD in 2009 at the Heart Research Institute in Sydney. In 2011 she was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Training Fellowship to undertake research at the Centre for Vascular Research. Belinda joined SAHMRI mid-way through 2015 as a Senior Post Doctoral Fellow and her current research interests include the effect of lipids and lipid-lowering therapies on the process of vascular calcification in heart disease and diabetes. Belinda is currently a Research Fellow at the Kolling Institute in Sydney. Here she is investigating models of heart failure and the importance of endothelial progenitor cells in response to endothelial dysfunction.


Blake Cochran

SCOLAR Program Manager

Blake Cochran is a senior postdoctoral researched at the University of New South Wales. After completing his PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2011, he moved to the Heart Research Institute to undertake postdoctoral training. Since moving to UNSW in 2013, Blake’s work has examined the functional consequences of impaired cholesterol homeostasis in cells involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He was awarded an International Atherosclerosis Society Fellowship to undertake research at Imperial College London in 2017, expanding his work to include immune cells.


Stephen Nicholls

Chair of Clinical Council of the AAS

Stephen Nicholls is Professor of Cardiology at the University of Adelaide and the inaugural SAHMRI Heart Foundation Heart Disease Theme Leader at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute. He completed his medical training in Adelaide, cardiology training in Newcastle and a PhD at the Heart Research Institute. He proceeded to the Cleveland Clinic for a postdoctoral fellowship, followed by faculty appointments in the departments of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cell Biology.

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Click on the Register Now button to register for the meeting. Please note Early Bird rates close on 16 September 2019.

Member rates will apply to all new and current members that are financial by 1 August 2019.

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Abstract Submission will open on 1 June 2019 and close on 16 August. Be sure to join or renew your membership by 1 August to qualify for Member rates.