Adrian Elliott

Dr Adrian Elliott

Lecturer

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Elliott is a physiologist and research scientist with a particular interest in cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and sports cardiology. His research interests include the benefits of exercise interventions in patients with complex cardiovascular disease, the physiological mechanisms promoting arrhythmias and heart failure, and the prevalence and mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias amongst endurance athletes.

Dr Elliott supervises a number of PhD students in the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders and is the state lead for the multicentre Pro@Heart study.

Dr Elliott is supported by a fellowship from the National Heart Foundation and is based in the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (University of Adelaide/Royal Adelaide Hospital/South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute). Dr Elliott is an accredited exercise physiologist (ESSA).

Dr Elliott is a physiologist and research scientist with a particular interest in:

1. The role of exercise testing and interventions in patients with cardiovascular disease, particularly those with cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and implanted devices.

2. The prevalence and mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias amongst endurance athletes.

3. The pathophysiological mechanisms promoting cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.

AVAILABLE PROJECTS FOR PhD/HONOURS STUDENTS

Below is a list of several projects available within our group. This list is not exhaustive and any prospective students should contact Dr Elliott in the first instance:

1. Presence of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Amongst Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

Using exercise-based imaging, blood sampling and direct measures of cardiac pressures, this project will seek to explore the presence of undiagnosed heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) amongst patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation undergoing catheter ablation.

2. Benefits of Exercise-Based Interventions Amongst patients with Implantable Cardiac Devices.

Although exercise training is clinically indicated amongst patients with heart failure, there is little information on the benefits of exercise amongst  patients with implantable cardiac devices, such as ICD's (implantable cardioverter defibrillator). This project will explore the long term benefits of exercise in this cohort, with particular focus on outcomes including major cardiac events, cardiac function and quality of life).

3. Weight loss, Exercise, Risk-Factor Management and Cardiac Function

Weight loss, risk factor management and exercise training lead to improved outcomes in patients with cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. However, the long-term changes in cardiac function with these interventions is less understood. This project will assess how lifestyle-base interventions influence cardiac structure and function assessed at rest and during exercise-based imaging.

Dr Elliott is supported by a fellowship from the National Heart Foundation and is based in the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (University of Adelaide/Royal Adelaide Hospital/South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute). Dr Elliott is also an accredited clinical exercise physiologist (ESSA).

2017-2019: National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship

2018 National Heart Foundation Vanguard Project Grant (CIA)

PHYSIOL 2510: Human Physiology IIA

PHYSIOL 3200: Advanced Exercise Physiology

MBBS III: Research Placement

Hlth SC 3009: Research Placement

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Risk Factor Modification and Atrial Fibrillation in Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jonathan Prashanth Ariyaratnam
    2019 Co-Supervisor Physical activity in heart rhythm disorders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ricardo Sadashi Mishima
    2017 Co-Supervisor Risk Factors for Exercising Arrhythmia in Horses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Laura Catherine Nath
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of Atrial Fibrillation Patients: Risk Factors, Progression, Gender and Thrombogenic Risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melissa Middeldorp
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Christian Vincent Verdicchio
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Exercise, Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Failure University of Adelaide Doctorate Dr Ricardo Mishima
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member National Research Committee Exercise & Sports Science Australia Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Founder European Associated of Preventive Cardiology
    2015 - ongoing Member Heart Rhythm Society United States
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133194
  • Email: adrian.elliott@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3356
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 4
  • Room: 4 20a
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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