Dr Robert Sheldon received his PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in 1973 and postdoctoral fellowship with Sydney Brenner. He then received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1981. He is a cardiac arrhythmia specialist and Professor of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine, and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. He recently stepped down as Senior Vice President Research, Alberta Health Services. He was on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council and its committees for 9 years until June 2012. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. His research program is in cardiovascular autonomic physiology and its disorders, among which is vasovagal syncope. It has a strong translational orientation, aiming to understand the causes of syncope, and to develop simple, accessible, and effective approaches to its diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.