Dennis Lau

Dr Dennis Lau

Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Lau is an opinion leader in heart rhythm disorders internationally. His research work has provided novel insights regarding catheter ablation of AF from mapping studies in both animal models and human subjects. His work has enhanced the knowledge in the field on atrial remodelling due to various risk factors. Importantly, he has been instrumental in translating these basic studies with active involvement in clinical trials at Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders examining risk factor management in AF patients. Recent publications from this work are being incorporated into international practice guidelines. Dr Lau is one of few researchers who combine preclinical studies with clinical research in the field of heart rhythm disorders in Australia.

He is actively involved in peer review as invited reviewer for several international scientific journals including Circulation – Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm and Heart. He is an editorial board member for 2 international journals: PeerJ & Journal of Arrhythmia. He has been a co-supervisor for doctoral candidates (5 successfully completed, 8 ongoing).

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 Cardiologist Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Melbourne Australia MBBS
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia FRACP
  • Research Interests

Dr Lau is actively involved in international multicentre clinical trials as institutional co-PI in the leadless pacemaker IDE study (LEADLESS II) and co-investigator in numerous studies such as the ProMRI-PROVEN, CABANA, DIAGRAF, Reveal LinQ, CAAN-AF & HELP-AF.

Personal funding: Postgraduate Scholarships (2006-2009) - University of Adelaide, Kidney Health Australia and NHMRC; Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2014) - CRB Blackburn Overseas Travelling Fellowship from The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and NHMRC overseas training fellowship.

Research funding: St Jude Medical Australia (2006), Cardio Vascular Lipid Research Grant (2007), Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation Research Grant (2014), Ramaciotti Establishment Grant (2014), Heart Foundation (SA) Tom Simpson Trust Fund (2013 & 2016) and The University of Adelaide School of Medicine Small Equipment Grant (2016).

 

Regular teaching and mentoring of 4-5th year medical student joining the cardiac electrophysiology rotation.

Continuing education for community pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (2014-current).

Short term medical work & teaching in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (2007).

Dr Lau has received numerous invitations to present (35 in the last 5 years) and chair at scientific meetings both locally and internationally including: Heart Rhythm Society, USA, The Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society, Venice Arrhythmias, 4 Corners of Cardiology & Heart Foundation Australia. More recently, Dr Lau has also been invited to participate in writing committees of position statements/expert consensus papers at an international level on: Translational Electrophysiology Research (European Heart Rhythm Association), Cardiac Dysautonomic Syndromes (Heart Rhythm Society, USA) & Novel anticoagulation use in patient undergoing cardiac interventions (European Heart Rhythm Association).

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Comprehensive Evaluation of Clinical Care: In Patients with Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices and Arrhythmias: Action towards Improved Workflow and Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Bradley Matthew Pitman
    2017 Co-Supervisor Effects of an Intentional Weight Loss and Prescribed Exercise Program on Outcomes in Obese Patients With Heart Failure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Michael Benjamin Stokes
    2017 Co-Supervisor Upstream therapy of obesity and atrial fibrialation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kadhim Imad Kadhim
    2017 Co-Supervisor APACHE II score as a predictor of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Full Time Mr Ricardo Sadashi Mishima
    2017 Co-Supervisor Assessing the Relationship between Atrial Cardiomyopathy, Atrial Fribrilation Buren and Stroke Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Mehrdad Emami
    2017 Principal Supervisor Micro Electrode Guided Radiofrequency Ablation-lesion Characteristics and Implications on Long Term Durability of Linear Ablation in an Ovine Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tira Rattanakosit
    2016 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of risk factors in patients with atrial fibrillation: Risk factors, education, gender differences, progression and thrombogenic risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melissa Middeldorp
    2016 Principal Supervisor Role of Central Pressure Indices Monitoring in Atrial Fibrillation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kashif Bashir Khokhar
    2016 Principal Supervisor Novel Immunomodulatory Treatments for Patients with Autonomic Dysfuntion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rachel Mary Wells
    2016 Co-Supervisor Typical Atrial Flutter: Determinants of Progression to Atrial Fibrillation in Humans Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Anand Thiyagarajah
    2015 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of Risks and Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Death in Obesity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Adam Agbaedeng
    2015 Co-Supervisor Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation Using Device Therapies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Dian Andina Munawar
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Atrial Arrhymogenesis During Myocardial Infarction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Muayad Alasady
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Atrial Electrophysiological and Structural Changes in Obesity & Diabetes Mellitus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Melissa Neo
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jason Arya Varzaly
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Aggressive Risk Factor Reduction Study for Atrial Fibrillation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rajeev Kumar Pathak
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Weight Fluctuation on Atrial Substrate and the Prevention of Atrial Remodelling with the use of Anti-Fibrotics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Darragh Joseph Twomey
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Atrial Reverse Remodeling in Hypertensive Substrate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shiv Thanigaimani
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83139000
  • Email: dennis.lau@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 8
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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