Murray Esler

Basic Science Lecturer

Professor Esler is a cardiologist and medical scientist, based at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. His research interests are:

  • The human sympathetic nervous system
  • Stress, and its effects on the heart and blood pressure
  • Causes and treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure
  • Neurotransmitters of the human brain

He is the author of more than 400 papers on these topics. Prof. Esler’s principal research contribution has been the development of isotope dilution methodology to study the human sympathetic nervous system, and the application of this tool in the investigation of the sympathetic neural physiology of circulatory control, aging, exercise and mental stress responses, and the neural pathophysiology of cardiac failure and essential hypertension.
His demonstration of a high level of chronic activation of the cardiac sympathetic outflow in patients with heart failure provided the rationale for the evaluation of beta-adrenergic blockers in this condition. More recently, his demonstration of activation of the renal sympathetic outflow in essential hypertension was the stimulus for the development of radio-frequency ablation of the renal sympathetic nerves as a treatment for severe hypertension.

Awards, include:

  • Wellcome (Australia) Medal (1989)
  • RT Hall Prize (1996),
  • Ramaciotti Medal (1997)
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme Award of the International Society of Hypertension (2000)
  • Centenary Medal (2003) of the Government of Australia
  • Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence (Pathophysiology of High Blood Pressure), United Arab Emirates (2006)
  • Victoria Prize, State Government of Victoria (2009)
  • Eureka Prize for Translational Research 2011 (shared with Markus Schlaich)
  • Bjorn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension 2012
  • Excellence Award of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the AHA 2013
  • Louis F Bishop Award and Keynote Lecturer, American College of Cardiology, 2014
  • American Society of Hypertension Keynote Lecturer and Award, 2014 

 

The Basic Science Lecture

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand wanted to raise the profile of Basic Science and establish this lectureship in 2003 at the 51st Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide, Australia in which Julie Campbell from Queensland was the named lecturer.

Previous Basic Science Lecturers

2016

Christine Winterbourn

NZ

2015

Mark E. Cooper

VIC

2013

Roland Stocker

NSW

2012

Henry Krum

VIC

2011

Richard P Harvey

NSW

2010

Shaun Jackson

VIC

2009

Michael Clark

TAS

2008

Bob Graham

NSW

2007

Dr David Allen

NSW

2006

Prof Peter Hunter

NZ

2005

Helge Rasmussen

NSW

2004

Doris Taylor

USA

2003

Julie Campbell

QLD

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