Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Verdicchio is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) and researcher with extensive clinical, research and teaching interests in exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and sports cardiology. His research has focussed on assessing the benefits of exercise interventions in patients with complex cardiovascular disease and heart failure, and the physiological mechanisms promoting cardiac arrhythmias in endurance athletes. Dr Verdicchio completed his PhD in Medicine under the supervision of Prof Prash Sanders and was awarded Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for his PhD titled 'Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation'.
Dr Verdicchio’s research has been accepted to present at the leading heart rhythm society, cardiology and exercise science conferences globally and nationally including the; Heart Rhythm Society, Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society, European Heart Rhythm Society, European Society of Cardiology and Cardiac Society of Australia and NZ. He has been selected as a finalist in the Young Investigator Award category at the ESSA Research to Practice in 2018 and at the ESC EuroPrevent Conference in 2019, and recently selected as a finalise for the Early Career Researcher category at the ESSA Research to Practice conference in 2020 (now 2021).
Clinical exercise physiologist with a research focus in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and prescription of exercise in patients with atrial fibrillation, heart failure and cardiovascular disease.
Date Position Institution name 2019 Research Fellow Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders 2015 - 2019 Exercise Physiologist Cardiovascular Centre - Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders 2014 - 2019 Sessional Tutor and Lecturer University of Adelaide 2013 - 2016 Sessional Tutor and Demonstrator Univeristy of South Australia
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2019 Award ESC EuroPrevent Young Investigator Finalist European Society of Cardiology Portugal — 2018 Award Research to Practice Young Investigator Awards Finalist Exercise and Sports Science Australia Australia — 2016 Award Florey Post Grad Research Medical School Prize - Best Abstract 2016 University of Adelaide Australia — 2015 Scholarship School of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Award University of South Australia Merit Award University of South Australia — —
Language Competency Italian —
Date Institution name Country Title — University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Applied Science (Health & Human Movement) — University of South Australia Australia Grad.Diploma (Clinical.Exercise.Science) — University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Health Sciences (Honours) — University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Medicine)
Date Title Institution name Country — Accredited Exercise Physiologist - AEP Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA — — Accredited Exercise Scientist - AES Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA —
Year Citation 2018 Elliott, A., Verdicchio, C., Linz, D., Stokes, M., Gallagher, C., Mahajan, R., . . . Sanders, P. (2018). Mechanisms contributing to exercise intolerance in patients with atrial fibrillation. In EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL Vol. 39 (pp. 199). Munich, GERMANY: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2018 Elliott, A., Verdicchio, C., Gallagher, C., Linz, D., Mahajan, R., & Sanders, P. (2018). Myocardial Impairments Rather Than Rhythm Status Contributes to Exercise Intolerance in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. In FASEB JOURNAL Vol. 32 (pp. 2 pages). Amer Assoc Anatomists, San Diego, CA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL. 2017 Verdicchio, C., Wijaithum, P., Elliott, A., Lau, D., Sanders, P., & Mahajan, R. (2017). Restoration of Sinus Rhythm Improves Exercise Capacity in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 26 (pp. S172).
2016 Elliott, A., Mahajan, R., Lau, D., Verdicchio, C., Hendriks, J., Middeldorp, M., & Sanders, P. (2016). Ventilatory Efficiency is Impaired by Atrial Fibrillation and Improved by Cardioversion to Sinus Rhythm. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 25 (pp. S333).
2016 Verdicchio, C., Smith, M., Mahajan, R., Lau, D., Elliott, A., & Sanders, P. (2016). Exercise Training Results in Biatrial Dilatation: A Meta-Analysis of Training Studies. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 25 (pp. S325).
Year Citation 2018 Verdicchio, C., Elliott, A., Mahajan, R., Gallagher, C., Middeldorp, M., Linz, D., . . . Sanders, P. (2018). P1189Use of heart rate to guide exercise training intensity in patients with atrial fibrillation. Poster session presented at the meeting of EP Europace.
2018 Verdicchio, C., Elliott, A., Wijaithum, P., Lau, D., Sanders, P., & Mahajan, R. (2018). 50Restoration of sinus rhythm improves exercise capacity in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis. Poster session presented at the meeting of EP Europace.
2017 Verdicchio, C. (2017). C-PO02-01 to C-PO02-220. Poster session presented at the meeting of Heart Rhythm.
University of Adelaide School of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship 2015-2018
Heart Foundation of Australia EO Myers Trust Fund 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
Lions Medical Research Foundation Travel Grant 2017
European Society of Cardiology EHRA Travel Grant 2018
The Hospital Research Foundation Travel Grant 2019
University of Adelaide Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2019
I have taught or continue to teach the following courses;
Advanced Exercise Science,
Principles of Exercise Science
Nutrition and Metabolism
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