Matters of the heart: Myocarditis and pericarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination

Understanding important vaccine safety signals in COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

This CVU mini virtual event Matters of the heart: Myocarditis and pericarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination took an in-depth look at an important vaccine safety signal associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). Our speakers looked at the Australian approach to myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination, explaining symptoms to watch for, guidance around management and clinical outcomes and follow-up.

There was a live Q&A forum with experts from the medical, consumer (Heart Foundation) and vaccine safety domains.

Event details:
Date: Monday 30th August 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm (AEST)

Monday 30th August 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.10pmWelcome & updateDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Lead, MVEC Victoria, Australia
7.10pm – 7.30pmPericarditis/myocarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination A/Prof Nicholas Cox Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Director Cardiology at Western Health, Victoria, Australia
7.30pm - 7.50pmPaediatric update on pericarditis/myocarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccinationDr Bo Remenyi Paediatric Cardiologist, Royal Darwin Hospital, NT, Australia
7.50pm – 8.05pmMyocarditis and Pericarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination: A Victorian perspective Dr Daryl Cheng Medical Lead, MVEC Victoria, Australia
8.05pm - 8.30pmQ&A Panel - addressing consumer focus ClosingDr Amanda Buttery Manager, Clinical Evidence, Heart Foundation A/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Lead, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre

Dr Cheng is a general paediatrician who works at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He has special interests in immunisation, education and health informatics.

A/Prof Nicholas Cox
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Director Cardiology at Western Health, Victoria, Australia

Associate Professor Nicholas Cox is an interventional cardiologist with an interest in infarct angioplasty and cardiogenic shock. Nicholas was an early advocate for the use of radial access for coronary intervention and has published in this field. He has performed a very high number of coronary interventions in over 15 years of practice as an interventional cardiologist. A/Prof Cox consults in all aspects of general cardiology, including the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with coronary disease, heart attack and chest pain. He currently consults in Richmond, Glen Waverley and Sunshine.

Nicholas is a Director of the Heart Foundation Advisory Board and on the Epworth Hospital Cardiac Sciences Clinical Institute Committee. He is the Director of Cardiology for Western Health (Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals) where he manages the largest acute infarct angioplasty service in the state of Victoria.

Nicholas trained at Melbourne University, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and The Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr Bo Remenyi 
Paediatric Cardiologist, Royal Darwin Hospital

Dr Bo Remenyi is a paediatric cardiologist, PhD scholar and a former scientific advisor for the World Heart Federation on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. She is the 2018 Australian of the Year for the Northern Territory. Dr Remenyi received her medical degree from the University of Queensland and currently works as a paediatric cardiologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and services many remote Indigenous communities. She also undertakes humanitarian work with Rotary in resource-poor countries in our region. Both as a clinician and as a researcher, Dr Remenyi’s interests lie in prevention and early detection of rheumatic heart disease.

Dr Amanda Buttery BAppSci MSc PhD
Manager, Clinical Evidence, Heart Foundation      

Amanda leads the development of the National Heart Foundation’s clinical agenda and manages strategic clinical projects and the development of evidenced based position statements, policies and guidelines. She has 25 years of international health care experience and has an MSc and PhD in Gerontology from King’s College London. Her practice and research in health service delivery, evaluation and national audits has spanned the UK, Germany and Australia. Amanda publishes and presents regularly at conferences on heart health, ageing, long-term conditions and health policy.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia
Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

Associate Professor Crawford is a vaccinologist and consultant paediatrician with a strong track record in vaccine safety research. His main research activities are in the fields of vaccine safety and surveillance, COVID-19 in families and children, special risk group’s immunisation, vaccine preventable diseases epidemiology including emerging infections (RSV and invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS)) and immunisation, and public health policy development. He is the Director of SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital. He is currently a senior medical advisor to the Victorian Department Health COVID-19 vaccine and is Chair of the Victorian Specialist Immunisation services (VicSIS). Most recently on 1st July 2021, he was appointed the new Chair of ATAGI and is also on the COVID-19 ATAGI executive and chair of Subgroup#3 which includes vaccine safety, monitoring, evaluation, communication and confidence.