Peter Psaltis

Associate Professor Peter Psaltis

Deputy Leader - Heart Health Theme

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.


Associate Professor Peter James Psaltis - MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ

Peter Psaltis is an Academic Cardiologist and Vascular Biologist. He holds NHMRC Career Development and National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowships administered through the Adelaide Medical School, and is Deputy Leader of the Heart and Vascular Program and Co-director of the Vascular Research Centre within the Lifelong Health Theme at SAHMRI, as well as being a consultant Interventional Cardiologist in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Associate Professor Psaltis has unique expertise across all three disciplines of basic, translational and clinical research, and leads bench-to-bedside projects spanning topics of developmental macrophage biology, vascular stem cells, inflammatory regulation of atherosclerosis, pharmacological modification of atherosclerosis and coronary plaque imaging.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Deputy Theme Leader, Heart Health Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2016 National Lead Investigator Esperion Therapeutics
    2015 Senior Research Fellow, Level C The University of Adelaide
    2015 Co-Director, Vascular Research Centre South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 Consultant Cardiologist Adelaide Heart Clinic
    2015 Clinical Academic and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Central Adelaide Local Health Network
    2015 Principle Site Investigator Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2013 - 2014 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Monash University
    2013 - 2014 Interventional Cardiology Fellow Monash Health
    2010 - 2014 Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Senior Research Fellow Mayo Clinic, Rochester
    2009 - 2012 Post-doctoral Research/Senior Research Fellow Mayo Clinic
    2004 - 2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Research Award Best Research Award, 5th International Congress on Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis 5th International Congress on Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Korea, Republic of
    2015 Fellowship National Heart Foundation, Future Leader Fellow
    2013 Recognition Top Ten Abstract Gordon Research Conference - Atherosclerosis, Stowe United States
    2010 Fellowship NHMRC CJ Martin Post-doctoral Overseas Biomedical Fellow
    2006 Scholarship 2006-9 National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation of Australia (co-funded), Post-graduate Biomedical Scholarship.
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia Fellowship
    2010 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2005 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia Fellowship (Cardiology and Internal Medicine)
    1999 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Research Interests

2017-2020 NHMRC Project Grant (ID 1127159)

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

Title: A study of the plaque - modifying actions of colchicine in stable and unstable atherosclerosis: from mouse models to clinical imaging

$1,198,460
2017 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Vanguard Project Grant (ID 101370)

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

Title: Colchicine for coronary plaque modification in acute coronary syndrome - A serial optical coherence tomography study

$75,000
2017 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Tom Simpson Trust Fund

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

$9,150
2017 Abbott Vascular Pty Ltd, Research Grant Peter James Psaltis (CIA) $10,000
2016 5th International Congress on Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis, Travel Grant Peter James Psaltis $1,500
2015-2017 NHMRC Project Grant (ID 1086796)

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

Title: A study of the origins of macrophages in healthy and atherosclerotic vasculature focusing on a novel population of resident adventitial macrophage progenitor cells (AMPCs)

$451,125.50
2015-2018 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Future Leadership Fellowship (FLF100412)

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

Title: Investigating the development of macrophages in atherosclerosis through a novel pathway of resident adventitial macrophage progenitor cells

$412,000.00
2014-2020 ARC Centre of Excellence

Peter James Psaltis (Associate Investigator)

Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics

$23,000,000
2010-2014 NHMRC Post-doctoral Overseas Biomedical Fellowship (ID 0627055)

Peter James Psaltis (CIA)

Title: The myelopoietic potential of vascular adventitial progenitor cells (APCs) and their role in atherosclerosis

$369,519
2010 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Marjorie Hooper Overseas Fellowship Peter James Psaltis $20,000
2006-2009 NHMRC (co-funded), Post-graduate Biomedical Scholarship

Peter James Psaltis

Title: A study of the properties of STRO-1 selected mesenchymal stem cells and their potential for cardiac repair

$110,385
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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 Principal Supervisor Lipidomics in the Study of Atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jake White
    2019 Co-Supervisor Fluid Structure Interaction for Heart Attack Prediction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harry James Carpenter
    2019 Principal Supervisor Desmoglein 2 as a Novel Mediator of Inflammation and Angiogensis in Cardiovascular Diseases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sanuri Rashmitha Liyanage
    2018 Principal Supervisor A Study of the Angiogenic Capacity and Endothelial Plasticity of a New Population of Vascular Adventitial Macrophage Progenitor Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Anna Emilie Williamson
    2017 Co-Supervisor The Roles of the MNK Protein Kinases in Metabolic Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Edward Merrett
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Role of Resident Bone Macrophages in Multiple Myeloma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Khatora Shanae Opperman
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Novel Role of Eukaryotic Elongation Factor 2 Kinase (eEF2K) in Atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sanuja Fernando
    2016 Co-Supervisor Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Assessment of Rheumatic and Non-Rheumatic Mitral Valve Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ross Roberts-Thomson
    2015 Co-Supervisor Triglyceride Rich Lipoproteins and Atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wenru Pan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Plaque Rupture Prediction in Human Arteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alireza Gholipour
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in an Ovine Model of Anthracycline-induced Non-ischaemic Cardiomyopathy Master of Medical Science Master Full Time Mr Angelo Carbone
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Grant Review Panel
    2016 - ongoing Member Research Executive Committee, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2016 - ongoing Member Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Research Executive Committee South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Bioscience Pillar Committee Member South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Australia
    2015 - 2016 Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 64th Annual Scientific Meeting Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2015 - 2016 Director Program Director, Interventional Stream, 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (Fellow) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Acute Coronary Syndrome Task Force, SA Health Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Cardiovascular Alliance Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member International Society for Heart Research Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Heart, Lung and Circulation
    2011 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Head of Optical Coherence Tomography Core Laboratory, Heart Health Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Deputy Theme Leader, Heart Heath Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 - ongoing Co-director, Vascular Research Centre, Heart Health Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Position: Deputy Leader - Heart Health Theme
  • Phone: 82222473
  • Email: peter.psaltis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8222 2722
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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