Robert M. Graham received his medical training at the University of New South Wales where he is now the Des Renford Professor of Medicine, (UNSW). He has been the inaugural Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), Sydney, Australia, since returning to Australia in 1994 after 17 years in the US working at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas; the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He maintains an active clinical practice as a consultant physician in cardiorenal diseases.
A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, his research focuses on molecular cardiology, with emphasis on circulatory control mechanisms, hypertension, receptor signalling and cardiac hypertrophy, as well as cardiac regeneration and the application of stem cells for the treatment of heart diseases. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association; Life Member, Heart Foundation of Australia (NSW Division), and Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation; the Appointments and Promotions Committees of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research; the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and the Centre for Vascular Research, University of NSW.
Current and previous commercial/biotech experience: Founding board member and contributing scientist, EngeneIC Ltd and MirAcl Therapeutics, Ltd. (cancer therapeutics), Sydney; Chairman, ImmunoCare Therapies, Inc., Nevada, USA; Chairman, VCCRI IP&C Committee; Member, Scientific Advisory Boards of Mesoblast Ltd. (stem cells/regenerative medicines), Melbourne, and Zensun Ltd. (cancer and heart failure therapeutics), Shanghai; and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board of The Bosch Institute, University of Sydney, and Board Member, VCCRI; Member, Board of Directors, Lowy Medical Research Institute (LMRI), and Board of Scientific Governors, LMRI MacTel Project (retinal vasculopathy).