Internationally-acclaimed Professor Karen Sliwa joins the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Published: Wednesday 9th November 2016

ACU is honoured to announce the appointment of Professor Karen Sliwa as Visiting Professor at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR).

Internationally-recognised Professor Sliwa joins the Institute with a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of cardiovascular disease and research, particularly in pregnancy and postpartum, where she has been extensively involved in creating worldwide awareness of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM).

Professor Sliwa is the Director of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, University of Cape Town, and Director of the Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier this year, she was elected into the prestigious role of President-Elect by the World Heart Foundation, marking the Foundation’s first female president and first representative from the African continent.

Professor Sliwa’s role as Visiting Professor at MMIHR will see her partner with the Institute for three years, where she will continue to serve as Chief Investigator for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, and provide senior leadership and mentorship to all members of MMIHR.

Director of MMIHR Simon Stewart said that it was an honour to have an expert of Professor Sliwa’s calibre working in collaboration with the Institute.

“Professor Sliwa is a world leader in the field of cardiovascular disease and has published an outstanding array of research, and designed a number of innovative research programs.

“Her joining our team further solidifies the Institute’s long‐standing commitment to cardiovascular research, and we are thrilled to work together in advancing this important work.”

Professor Sliwa’s appointment consolidates a long-standing affiliation with Professor Stewart and his team – from the establishment of the now internationally-renowned Heart of Soweto which describes the evolving impact of heart disease in Africa; and mentorship of emerging research leaders in Africa; to the co-authorship of the recently published Heart of Africa (Wiley Press 2016) book in conjunction with the Pan-African Cardiac Society.

In addition to her service on a number of editorial boards, Professor Sliwa is also President of the South African Heart Association, a board member of the Pan African Society of Cardiology, a board member of the South African Heart Failure Society, which was established under her leadership in 2005.