Hearts In and Out of Crisis: New perspectives on the heart

Hearts In and Out of Crisis: New perspectives on the heart
Thursday 2 November 2023

This event aims to bring together researchers across medicine, health, the humanities and the creative arts to explore new perspectives on the heart in and out of crisis. The symposium brings together a range of interdisciplinary researchers from across the humanities, arts, medicine and science. The symposium will facilitate transdisciplinary dialogue and engage not only researchers but a range of stakeholders interested in improving the heart health of Australians. The event will conclude with the official launch of the ANU Health Humanities Network.

Tuesday 7 November 2023, RSSS building
Symposium 1pm - 5.30pm, keynote presentation Dr Arnagretta Hunter
Official launch 5.30pm - 6.15pm, speaker Prof Kate Mitchell

Guests are welcome to register for both the Symposium (1pm-5.30pm) and the ANU Health Humanities Network launch (5.30pm onwards).

Symposium Programme




Tea and coffee | Registration | Heart age calculator




New perspectives on the heart: ‘heartbeats’ roundtable

Chair: Brett Scholz (College of Health and Medicine, ANU) and Keren Hammerschlag (School of Art and Design, ANU)

Harry Schwarzrock (School of Art and Design, ANU) – ‘Transmutation and interconnectivity: Creating interactive artworks through Plasma Illumination of Blown Glass’

Angelo Condell (Canberra Clinical Genomics & John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU) – ‘In our genes, in our hearts’

Claire Hansen (School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU) – ‘Broken hearts in medicine and literature: Takotsubo syndrome in Shakespeare’

Andini Pramono (National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU) – Research from the heart: Social value of baby friendly hospitals

Monique Rooney (School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU) – ‘Tell Tale Head, Heart’


Afternoon tea


Heart age calculator discussion

Chair: Lauren Ford (Heart Foundation)


Chair: Lauren Ford (Heart Foundation)

Rosemary Korda (National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU) – ‘Using big data to inform inequalities in cardiovascular disease’

Di Slade (Institute for Communication in Healthcare)


Chair: Katie Sutton

Keynote presentation: Dr Arnagretta Hunter – heart health and climate change


ANU Health Humanities Network Launch

Launch: Kate Mitchell


This event is co-hosted by the Australian National University Health Humanities Network and the Heart Foundation


Updated:  2 November 2023/Responsible Officer:  RSHA Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications