Professor Igor Konstantinov has a high international standing as an academic surgeon in the field of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. He has published over 200 research articles and several book chapters.
Professor Konstantinov holds a leadership position in design and planning of clinical and experimental research projects and grant applications. His research has been focused onto two areas: 1) Molecular biology of multi-organ protection against ischaemia-reperfusion and of rejection after heart transplantation and 2) Retrospective clinical studies of the outcomes of surgical management of children with congenital heart defects and heart failure. Projects in molecular biology are generally designed for PhD level, whereas retrospective clinical studies are suited for undergraduate students.
2015: NHMRC # 1087972, CIB: Human RIPC-derived regulatory molecules for cardioprotection against ischemic and cardiopulmonary bypass injury.
2014: NHMRC # 1065794, CIG: Functional outcomes of Fontan surgery
2013: NHMRC # 1047923, CIC: Detection of liver and renal function abnormalities in the Australian and New Zealand population of Fontan patients
2013: NHMRC # 1051113, CIA: Detection of cardiac allograft rejection by peripheral blood gene expression: a novel concept of personalized approach to transplanation
2010: NHMRC # 607404, CIA: Does remote ischemic preconditioning induce protective mitochondrial function in congenital heart defect surgery?
2010: NHMRC # 628756, CIA: Identification of a plasma factor of remote ischemic preconditioning and its effect on the proteome after heart surgery
2009: NHMRC # 557507, CIA: Delayed phase of remote ischemic preconditioning: clinical application and the role of kallikrein-kinin pathway
Available for supervision
Professor Konstantinov has been a primary supervisor for PhD students, Advanced Medical Sciences students and Scholarly Selective students. Most of his students obtained Heart Foundation Scholarship, NHMRC Scholarship and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons support for their research projects.