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Celine Gallagher (RN, PhD candidate) won the Best Research Paper Presented Award in the Research Prize Session at the 2017 annual conference of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) in Perth.

Celine presented her work on trends in Atrial Fibrillation (AF) related hospitalisations in Australia in a 20-year period of time. She demonstrated the tremendous increase in AF-related hospitalisations and that AF has surpassed other cardiovascular conditions like heart failure and myocardial infarction as a primary diagnosis for hospitalisation in Australia.

On top of this fantastic prize, Celine was awarded the honourable People's Choice Best Presentation Award for the best presentation at the ACRA 2017 Conference.

Congratulations Celine for these well-deserved awards and well done!

Celine is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders and her research focuses on specialised integrated AF care to improve patient outcomes and reduce the health care burden.

Congratulations to Dr Darragh Twomey on the completion of his PhD and receiving a Dean's commendation for his work.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Senior Lecturer

Congratulations to Dr Dennis Lau on his promotion to Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

The University of Adelaide has awarded Dr Rajeev Pathak the Doctoral Research Medal for 2016. The Medal signifies the highest quality PhD theses examined each year.

Dr Pathak's thesis - 'Aggressive Risk Factor Reduction Study for Atrial Fibrillation'

The Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders is happy to announce that Dr. Rajiv Mahajan and Dr. Jeroen Hendriks were both granted a Post-Doctoral Early Career Fellowship from the Australian Heart Foundation. These fellowships are meant to help researchers in the cardiovascular area to further develop their career.

Dr. Mahajan will focus on targeting the atrial fibrillation substrate in obesity, and Dr. Hendriks will focus on the development of AF-Clinics.

EXERCISING for less than 30 minutes every day combined with weight loss drastically improves and can even eliminate a person's diagnosis of one of Australia's most common heart rhythm disorders, new South Australian research reveals.

Read the full story at The Advertiser -


Congratulations to Dr Chris Wong on being awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for his PhD in Medicine.

His thesis 'Obesity and Atrial Fibrillation: Arrhythmogenic Effects of Generalised and Localised Adiposity' was supervised by Professor Prash Sanders and Dr Kurt Roberts-Thomson.


Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 36th Annual Scientific Sessions (May 2015 - Boston, USA)

Congratulations to Dr Rajiv Mahajan on winning the HRS 2015 Eric N. Prystowsky Fellow Clinical Research Abstract award. The award advocates excellence in clinical research to the recipient with the highest scoring abstract in the Clinical Electropshysiology & Catheter Ablation category.

Thursday, 07 May 2015


Sustained weight loss, particularly with avoidance of weight fluctuation, is associated with a dose- dependent reduction in AF burden and maintenance of sinus rhythm. This occurs in conjunction with favorable changes in the cardiometabolic risk factor profile, inflammatory state, and cardiac remodeling.

Watch the ACC.15 Interview with Dr Pathak and Prof. Sanders via ACC's CardioSource World News - 

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  • Professor Sanders says...

    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.

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