Christian Verdicchio

Dr Christian Verdicchio

Research Fellow

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 clinician-researcher with extensive clinical, research and tertiary teaching experience in exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias and heart failure. His research interests have focussed on assessing cardiopulmonary exercise testing and exercise interventions in patients with complex cardiovascular disease, and the physiological mechanisms promoting cardiac arrhythmias in endurance athletes. He completed his PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide 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 is the Heart Wellness & Cardiac Rehab Manager at Macquarie Health overseeing all operational facets of the program across the group’s 12-privately owned hospitals between Sydney and Melbourne, whilst holding academic appointments at both the University of Adelaide and University of Sydney to continue with his research and supervision of higher degree research students. He is also the ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology Young Ambassador of Australia.

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. He has been selected as a finalist in the Young Investigator Award category at the 2018 ESSA Research to Practice, the 2019 and 2021 ESC Preventive Cardiology congresses, and selected as a finalist for the Early Career Researcher at the ESSA Research to Practice conference in 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. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    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 Competencies

    Language Competency
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Medicine)
    University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Health Sciences (Honours)
    University of South Australia Australia Grad.Diploma (Clinical.Exercise.Science)
    University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Applied Science (Health & Human Movement)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Member ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology
    Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    Member Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association
    Accredited Exercise Physiologist - AEP Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA
    Accredited Exercise Scientist - AES Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA
  • Research Interests

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;

Exercise Physiology,

Human Physiology,

Advanced Exercise Science,

Principles of Exercise Science

Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: Association With Exercise Capacity, Left Ventricular Filling Pressures, Natriuretic Peptides, and Left Atrial Volume The University of Adelaide MBBS (III Year) Other Full Time Nicole Kate Fernandez, Xin Yi Foo, Minh-Chau Le and Xan Nguyen
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Representative ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology Ambassador for Australia Australia

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