State of the Heart

An inaugural lecture from two of the department's cardiac nursing experts, Professor Lis Neubeck & Associate Professor Susan Dawkes.

Start date and time

Wednesday 28 June 2017 6:00 PM

Event cost


Our Inaugural Lectures Programme provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance.

Doors open at 5.30pm, lecture begins at 6pm and will be followed by a Q&A. A reception will follow at 7pm.

Professor Lis Neubeck is cardiac nurse with over 20 years of experience in a range of cardiac in-patient and out-patient settings. She comes from Edinburgh and undertook her first degree at Queen Margaret College in Clermiston, but subsequently worked in London, and then latterly in Sydney, where she undertook a PhD entitled ‘Increasing Access to Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.’ She returned to Edinburgh in August 2016, after 19 years away, to take up the position of Head of the Long Term Conditions Theme in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. She is an Honorary Professor, Sydney Nursing School, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. She is an Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide. Lis has recently completed a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Early Career Fellowship, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on innovative solutions to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, identification and management of atrial fibrillation, and use of new technologies to improve access to health care. Lis has secured over £1.5m in competitive research funding and has won notable prizes and awards for her research, including the prestigious Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Nursing Prize (2013). Lis is President of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (2015-2017), served on the board of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2013-2016), and is the Australian representative on the Global Alliance for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease of the World Heart Federation. She serves on the programme committee of the Cardiovascular Council of Nurses and Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology, and is the Consultant Editor of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. She is also a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

Associate Professor Susan Dawkes is a registered nurse who has spent over twenty years working with cardiology patients in Scotland and Canada. Her clinical roles included nursing in acute cardiology units in and latterly working as a specialist nurse in cardiac rehabilitation. Susan began her career in higher education at the University of Edinburgh and went on to join the School of Health and Social Care (formerly School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care) at Edinburgh Napier University in 2004 where she now has the position of Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Susan’s professional affiliations include being an Executive member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group Scotland, and she has membership of: the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, the British Heart Foundation Alliance, the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (European Society of Cardiology). Her research interests include self-management of coronary heart disease (CHD) and the preparation of professionals who care for patients with CHD.

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