Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medicine
The Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (CHRD) offers exciting postgraduate research opportunities in the area of cardiovascular disease.
The PhD in Medicine program involves two to four years of research for a full time candidate or the equivalent in half time candidature. Candidates will develop the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality to make a significant original contribution to knowledge in the discipline.
For information on how to apply, scholarships available and administrative matters related to Higher Degress by Research at The University of Adelaide, please contact Adelaide Graduate Centre.
Research interests: Atrial fribillation, cardiac electrophysiology, pacemaker implantation, cardiac defibrillator implantation, cardiac resynchronization.
Research interests: Autonomic dysfunction, antiarrhythmic and anti-fibrotic upstream therapies, electrophysiological substrates for AF.
Research interests: Integrated Chronic Care Management in cardiac care – heart rhythm diseases, particularly atrial fibrillation, and the translation of this approach in chronic heart disease, integrating primary and secondary care services.
Research interests: Understand the pathophysiology and mechanisms underlying atrial arrhythmias and the development of treatment approaches. Including transient apnoea-associated electrophysiological changes in the atria increasing atrial fibrillation susceptibility in sleep apnoea, autonomic modulation by renal sympathetic denervation under different pathophysiological conditions and ongoing research is mainly focused on preventive interventions for AF.
Research interests: role of exercise testing and interventions in patients with cardiovascular disease, particularly those with cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and implanted devices.
Research interests: Risk factors and the relationship with atrial fibrillation, Gender differences in atrial fibrillation outcomes, Ablation outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Research interests: Education in atrial fibrillation, Reducing hospitalisations, Risk factor managment.
Research interests: Cardiovascular medicine, heart rhythm disorders, and public health.
A list of current students and topics can be found here.
Completed PhD students and titles.
Title: Effectiveness of Cardiac Algorithm in Preventing Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Lau, Dr R Mahajan)
Title: Postural tachycardia syndrome (Supervisors: Assoc Prof D Lau, Assoc Prof A Page)
Title: Pre-HTN and AF; Role of Non-invasive Central BP to improve risk profiling (Supervisors: Assoc Prof D Lau, P Sanders, Dr M Stiles)
Title: The impact of renal transplantation on cardiac arrhythmia burden and type and risk of CD in patients with CKD (Supervisors: Prof J Kalman, Prof P Kistler, P Sanders)
Title: Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Death in Obesity: An Investigation of the Arrhythmogenicity of Epicardial Fat (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Lau, Dr R Mahajan)
Title: Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Dr A Elliott, Dr R Mahajan)
Title: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Health Care Burden - The Need for a New Paradigm of Care Delivery for Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Dr J Hendriks, Dr C Wong)
Title: Characterisation of Atrial Fibrillation Patients: Risk Factors, Progression, Gender and Thrombogenic Risk (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Lau, Dr A Elliott)
Title: Invasive and Non-Invasive Assessment of Vascular Reactivity in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Dr M Worthington, Assoc Prof D Lau)
Title: Atrial Electrophysiological and Structural Changes in Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus (Supervisors: Prof D Saint, Prof P Sanders)
Wei Wen Lim
Title: Cardiac Remodeling in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Diabesity (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof D Saint, Dr P Kuklik, Dr A Ganesan, Dr M Baumert, Prof C Semsarian)
Title: The Impact of Weight Fluctuation on Atrial Substrate and the Prevention of Atrial Remodelling with the use of Anti-Fibrotics (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Aggressive Risk Factor Reduction Study for Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Lau, Assoc Prof K Roberts-Thomson, Prof W Abhayaratna)
Title: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, A Prof K Roberts-Thomson)
Title: High Density Mapping of Ventricular Scar – Insights into Mechanisms of Ventricular Tachycardia (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Atrial Arrhythmogenesis During Myocardial Infarction (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Obesity and atrial fibrillation: Characterization of Electro-strutural Atrial Substrate with Sustained Obesity and Reversal Upon Weight Reduction (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof J Selva, Dr A Brooks, Dr P Kuklik)
Title: The characterisation of risk factors, substrate and management strategies for atrial fibrillation. (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Atrial reverse remodeling in hypertensive substrate (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Lau)
Title: Thrombogenesis in substrates for atrial fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Dr A Brooks, Dr A Ganesan, Dr S Willoughby)
Title: The modification of heart rate variability in normal, overweight and type 2 diabetic individuals (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Obesity and Atrial Electrical and Mechanical Remodeling: Implications for Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof G Wittert)
Title: Mechanisms of Thrombogenesis in Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Dr S Willoughby, Assoc Prof M Worthley)
Title: Acute and chronic atrial remodeling in obstructive sleep apnoea : implications for atrial fibrillation (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Assessment of left atrial structure and function in the setting of atrial fibrillation using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof S Worthley)
Title: The role of myocardial fibrosis and ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony in the pathogenesis and treatment of contractile myocardial dysfunction (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof S Worthley)
Title: The effects of omega-3 fatty acids in an ovine model of anthracycline-induced non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Substrate for atrial fibrillation in cardiomyopathies (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof D Saint, Dr L MacKenzie)
Title: Cardiac Flow Analysis Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof J Mazumdar, Prof D Abbott, Prof R Kelso, Prof S Worthley)
Title: Effects of obesity and diet induced weight loss on cardiovascular risk factors, vascular and ventricular structure and function, prostate symptoms and sexual function in obese men (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: An examination of the role of atrial stretch in the genesis of atrial fibrillation and the antiarrhythmic effects of dietary fish oil (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: Characterisation of the substrate of atrial fibrillation and flutter (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Assoc Prof G Young)
Title: Electrical remodelling of the atria and pulmonary veins due to stretch in rheumatic mitral stenosis (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders, Prof S Chandy, Prof S Worthley)
Title: Mechanoelectric feedback in the mammalian heart (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
Title: The expression and function of stretch-activated 2P-4TMD K⁺ channels in the heart (Supervisors: Prof P Sanders)
The CHRD has a vibrant research culture where our PhD program and activities are aimed at creating student experiences that are socially enriching in a supportive learning community. Regular PhD activities includes:
- The Journal Club - to share and discuss recent articles in academic literature
- ECG Tutorial - an interactive session for students to develop the necessary high level of ‘ECG literacy'
- Electrophysiology Research Meeting - a safe space for students to present and be critically evaluated on the progress of their research by fellow students, researchers and experts
- Educational events - multiple events throughout the year where students can hear from other national or international leaders and experts in the field present their work to the group