Professor Anthony Keech
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Anthony Keech is a Professor of Medicine, Cardiology and Epidemiology, in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and a practising Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship and is deputy director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. [More...]
Anthony Keech is a Professor of Medicine, Cardiology and Epidemiology, in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and a practising Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship and is deputy director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre.
He is a leading international investigator in cardiovascular trials particularly recognised for his work in lipids and heart disease, and has been a lead investigator in the Heart Protection Study, the LIPID Trial and the FIELD Trial. He is also internationally recognised for his collaborative research involving treatment strategies for acute coronary syndromes, risk factor reduction in coronary heart disease and the non-invasive prediction of vascular disease.
Tony has over 106 peer-reviewed publications and over 240 papers, letters and refereed conference papers in total, including numerous peer-reviewed publications in the leading journals in research areas of cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia and diabetes, and their prevention and treatment: The Lancet (18), Circulation (9), New England Journal of Medicine (3), European Heart Journal (10), Diabetes Care (2), Diabetic Medicine (2) with a high impact on clinical practice and health policy.
Tony has been a chief investigator on over $152M of competitive research grants, including several of the largest grants ever awarded to Australian investigators. He serves on the editorial boards of 3 international Journals, including as the Clinical Trials Editor for one, and reviews many manuscripts for these and other international journals each year.
He has jointly lead a team of 140 staff at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre including 19 academics, 10 other post-doctoral staff and around 60 other research staff and together with the Director, oversees all aspects of the Centre’s functions. He also chairs the CTC Research Committee which determines the CTCs overall research priorities.
His international recognition in medical research is also manifest by invitations to present at many international meetings including 18 international plenary lectures, 28 invited lectures at numerous other international meetings over the past 5 years. He is a member of 10 international policy groups and research committees.
He has also made significant contributions to University teaching (leading the curriculum development and delivery in controlled trials teaching for the MPH and M Clin Epi degrees) and taking a lead role in short courses in clinical trials and clinical research methods throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He undertakes supervision of students for PhD and MPH degrees and is a member of the University’s Postgraduate Committee of the College of Health Sciences.
He serves on many national and international committees including the Ethics Committee Trials Subcommittee of RPAH, the NSW Shared Scientific Assessment Committee for multi-centre clinical research in NSW, founding member and current treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Diseases and Chairman of the Clinical Trials Working Group of the ANZ Cardiac Society.
Professor Anthony Keech is Deputy Director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. He is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. He is also a practising Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His teaching interests relate to general aspects of epidemiology, prevention and treatment of vascular diseases, together with research methods for epidemiological and randomised trials research. In addition, to the training of medical registrars and advanced trainees is on going.
His research interest focus on the rigorous conduct of randomised controlled trials and epidemiological studies, addressing problems of national and international importance - treatments of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and acute coronary syndromes (unstable angina), coronary heart disease prevention in relation to dyslipidaemia and diabetes particularly, and combining evidence using prospective meta-analysis.
Current national competitive grants*
Senior Principal Research Fellowship
NHMRC Career Awards: Research Fellowships ($869,860 over 5 years)
* Grants administered through the University of Sydney