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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.

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    Research topic

    Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation.

    Jason Arya Varzaly

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    Research topic

    Specialised Integrated Atrial Fibrillation Clinics to Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Health Care Burden.

    Celine Gallagher

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    Research topic

    Methods of Mapping Complex Arrhythmia in Humans.

    Darius Chapman

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.

  • Supervisors 

    Professor Prash Sanders Research interests: Atrial fribillation, cardiac electrophysiology, pacemaker implantation, cardiac defibrillator implantation, cardiac resynchronization.

    Professor Prash Sanders

    Dr Kurt Roberts-Thomson Research interests: Electrophysiology, ventricular arrhythmias, ablation of ventricular tachycardia, mapping of ventricular arrhythmias.

    Dr Kurt Roberts-Thomson

    Dr Jeroen Hendriks Research interests: Integrated care management for atrial fibrillation, nursing and allied health.

    Dr Jeroen Hendriks

    Dr Dennis Lau Research interests: Antiarrhythmic and anti-fibrotic upstream therapies, electrophysiological substrates for AF.

    Dr Dennis Lau

    Dr Rajiv Mahajan Research interests: AF risk factors and interventions aimed at improving outcomes of patients with AF, in particular, reducing the burden of AF related stroke.

    Dr Rajiv Mahajan

    Associate Professor Glenn Young Research interests: Optimal sites for cardiac pacing, pacemakers in an MRI field, LAA closure to prevent stroke.

    Associate Professor Glenn Young


  • PhD Theses

    A selection of PhD theses completed at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders. The theses can be read by accessing Adelaide Research & Scholarship or the University of Adelaide library.

    Christopher Wong Obesity and atrial fibrillation: arrhythmogenic effects of generalised and localised adiposity. 2015
    Rajiv Mahajan Obesity and atrial fibrillation. 2014
    Geetanjali Rangnekar The characterisation of risk factors, substrate and management strategies for atrial fibrillation. 2014
    Shivshankar Thanigaimani Atrial reverse remodeling in hypertensive substrate. 2014
    Carlee Schultz Thrombogenesis in substrates for atrial fibrillation. 2014
    Nicholas Sjoberg The modification of heart rate variability in normal, overweight and type 2 diabetic individuals. 2013
    Hany Dimitri Acute and chronic atrial remodeling in obstructive sleep apnoea : implications for atrial fibrillation. 2012
    Payman Molaee Assessment of left atrial structure and function in the setting of atrial fibrillation using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. 2012
    Darryl Leong The role of myocardial fibrosis and ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony in the pathogenesis and treatment of contractile myocardial dysfunction. 2011
    Angelo Carbone The effects of omega-3 fatty acids in an ovine model of anthracycline-induced non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. 2011
    Dennis Lau Substrate for atrial fibrillation in cardiomyopathies. 2010
    Cynthia Piantadosi 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.. 2009
    Martin Stiles Characterisation of the substrate of atrial fibrillation and flutter. 2009
    Daniel Ninio An examination of the role of atrial stretch in the genesis of atrial fibrillation and the antiarrhythmic effects of dietary fish oil. 2009
    Bobby John Electrical remodelling of the atria and pulmonary veins due to stretch in rheumatic mitral stenosis. 2008
    Kelly Douglas Mechanoelectric feedback in the mammalian heart. 2008
    Haipeng Zhu The expression and function of stretch-activated 2P-4TMD K⁺ channels in the heart. 2006
  • PhD Activities

    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.
    Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders

    Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Cardiology 4G751-769
    The University of Adelaide 
    Port Rd, SA 5000


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