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Associate Professor Elisabeth Lambert

Senior Research Fellow
PhD, University of Paris, France


A/Prof Elisabeth Lambert joined the School of Health Science and Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute in February 2017. She previously worked at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute for 18 years. Elisabeth’s research program focusses on mechanisms, treatments and prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, with a particular interest on the role played by the sympathetic nervous system in the development of metabolic abnormalities and organ damage. She has led multiple clinical cross-sectional, and interventional investigations in various conditions such as hypertension, obesity, type-2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, orthostatic intolerance, anorexia nervosa as well as studies in people living with intellectual disability. She has published around 200 papers and has been a chief investigator on 12 NHMRC grants.

Recent major achievements of her group include:

  • Refinement and application of techniques for identifying brain areas involved in muscle sympathetic nerve activity in the context of hypertension and obesity (NHMRC Idea grant 2022-2024). Techniques include direct nerve recording using microneurography, magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Demonstration that young women with anorexia and those who have recovered from the condition have enhanced arterial stiffness, a marker of vascular aging.
  • Demonstration that young normotensive individuals with excess adiposity have subclinical organ damage (cardiac, renal and endothelial) and that the degree of organ dysfunction is directly related to the degree of sympathetic activation.
  • Demonstration of the link between sympathetic activity and endothelial dysfunction in women with dyslipidemia.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Medical Physiology - 320800


Also published as: Lambert, Elisabeth; Lambert, E.; Lambert, E. A.; Lambert, Elisabeth A.; Lambert, Elisabeth Annie
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Feasibility study of tVNS as a therapy for early and mid-stage dementia *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2022: Identifying brain pathways regulating sympathetic nervous outflow in human hypertension *; Ideas Grants
  • 2022: Studying the effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) using brain imaging in people with major depressive disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2018: Cardiometabolic risk in people with intellectual ability *; Yoralla PhD Scholarship
  • 2018: The impact of depression on the cardiovascular and autonomic profile in people with anorexia nervosa *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Targeting the sympathetic nervous system to reduce the burden of fatty liver disease *; NHMRC Project Grants

* Chief Investigator

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