Assoc Prof Dennis Lau

Dennis graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997. He undertook Physician training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Cardiology training at the Austin and Repatriation Hospital in Victoria. Following his clinical cardiology training, Dennis moved to South Australia to join the Electrophysiology team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2006. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2010, Dennis continued his training at the world-renowned translational atrial fibrillation research centre at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

In 2013, Dennis returned to Adelaide with appointment as a staff specialist in cardiology and electrophysiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he also oversees the cardiac pacing clinic. He is in charge of the device follow up clinic. Dennis is the recipient of a NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship that he undertakes at the University of Adelaide.

He has been awarded funding from several sources for his research work including Kidney Heath Australia, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (postgraduate and postdoctoral), Earl Bakken Scholarship from the University of Adelaide and CRB Blackburn Overseas Travelling Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. For his research, Dennis has been awarded a variety of accolades including the Australian Chinese Medical Association Research Prize (2008), Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Young Investigator Award (2008 & 2010), Best Poster Award (1st Place in 2009 & 3rd Place in 2010) at the American College of Cardiology and Best Research Poster at Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Expo, Adelaide University (2009).

His doctoral research efforts focussed on the effects of hypertension on the development of atrial arrhythmias. He is recognized both nationally and internationally for his research in the area of arrhythmia substrates. To date, Dennis has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. His interests in atrial fibrillation include risk factors management, substrate mapping, signal analysis and mechanistic studies. He is a clinician scientist dedicated to combine preclinical studies and clinical research in the field of heart rhythm disorders.

Dennis is interested in all aspects of clinical cardiology with a focus on cardiac pacing, electrophysiology, hypertension and preventative cardiology.

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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.