Professor Stephen Harrap
The University of Melbourne.
Prof Stephen Harrap has been Professor of Physiology in the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne since 1995. He was Head of Physiology from 1996-2009 and Chairman of the Biomedical Sciences Academic Centre (now School of Biomedical Sciences) from 2013-4. He is also a visiting specialist physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has long-standing research interests in the genetics of hypertension and related cardiovascular conditions. His early experimental work demonstrated the genetic linkage of abnormal renin-dependent kidney phenotypes in prehypertensive spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and he discovered that short-term ACE inhibition resulted in life-long blood pressure reduction. Among his discoveries are the first association of the human Y chromosome and blood pressure and he also plays a major role in to multinational clinical trials of stroke prevention (PROGRESS) and cardiovascular protection in diabetes (ADVANCE) respectively.