Prashanthan Sanders

Professor Prashanthan Sanders

Director - Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Professor Sanders is a clinical academic based at the University of Adelaide, Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Insititute. He is the Director of the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide; Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; and the Group Leader for Heart Rhythm Disorders at SAHMRI.

He graduated from the University of Adelaide with Honours, awarded several prizes and named on the Dean’s list for academic merit. He trained as a Cardiologist was at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before sub-specialising in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne were under the mentorship of Professor Jonathan Kalman. His postdoctoral studies were with the team of Professor Michel Haissaguerre at the Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque and Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux II, Bordeaux, France.

In 2005 he moved back to Adelaide and has established a formidable team of clinicians and researchers who span the spectrum of research into heart rhythm disorders; ranging from computer modelling of cardiac arrhythmias, cellular electrophysiology, small and large animal models of disease to evaluate arrhythmia mechanisms, clinical mechanistic, outcome and more recently population based studies. The group has an established clinical trials program and is involved in development of novel technologies.

Professor Sanders has published in excess of 600 peer-reviewed manuscripts which have been cited over 68,000 times and an H-index of 102 (GS).

Professor Sanders has been awarded several accolades. Most recently the Eric Susman Prize from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2020) for the best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine.

Professor Sanders holds the Knapman - NHF Chair of Cardiology Research and is supported by a Practitioner Fellowship from the NHMRC.

My research is in the area of Heart Rhythm Disorders. My group has a focus on atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Our program spans pre-clinical research teams, thrombogenic laboratory, mechanistic clinical research, clinical trials and population studies in these areas.

Recent work from the group has focused on the role of risk factor management on treating atrial fibrillation.

Grant Support                              
Major National Grants:
Source / Grant Type Total number of grants Total Funding (AU $)   
NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship 1 $196,219.00
NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship 2 $1,021,202
NHMRC Project 4 $6,470,480.60
NHMRC Equipment 4 $82,000.00
NHMRC Development 1 $103,150.00
ARC Discovery 1 $434,500
NHF Grant in Aid 7 $860,844
Other Grants:
Source Total number of grants Total Funding (AU $)
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund 1 $440,000
NHF SA Cardiovascular Research Development 1 $1,100,000
Pfizer CVL Grants 4 $200,980
Sylvia & Charles Viertel Foundation 1 $60,000
Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation 1 $30,000
Sir Edward Dunlop Foundation 1 $7,500
Coopers Foundation 1 $30,000
SA Government Establishment Grant 1 $30,000
St Jude Medical Research Grant 2 $510,000
Medtronic Research Grant 2 $840,000
Boston Scientific Research Grant 1 $1,200,000
Biotronik Research Grant 3 $690,000
Sorin Medical Research Grant 1 $200,000
Affinity Health 1 $50,000
University of Adelaide 1 $30,000
Royal Adelaide Hospital 3 $60,000

 

APP1142322

2018-2022

CI: P Sanders. Practitioner Fellowship (Level 2), National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. New approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation. $577,187

APP1080920

2015-2020

CI: P. Sanders, J. M. Kalman, S. J. Nicholls, M. Stiles, P. Solomon. NHMRC Project Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study). $3,149,631.60
2013-2018 CI: P. Sanders. Medtronic Research Grant. Select Site Study. $340,000
2013 CI: P. Sanders. Sorin Medical Research Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study). $200,000
2013 CI: P. Sanders. Biotronik Research Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study). $120,000
2013-2018 CI: P. Sanders. Boston Scientific Research Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study). $1.2M
2013-2018 CI: P. Sanders. Medtronic Research Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study); 2013-2018. $500,000
2013-2018 CI: P. Sanders. St Jude Medical Research Grant. CRT and AV node ablation for atrial fibrillation (CAAN-AF Study); 2013-2018. $500,000

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2013-2018

CI: P Sanders. Practitioner Fellowship (Level 1), National Health and Medical Research Council of Austtralia. Prevention and management of atrial fibrillation: a new paradigm; $444,014.00
2013-2015 CI: P. Sanders. Biotronik Research Grant. Effect of reversal of obesity on atrial remodelling $90,000
2011-2013 CI: P. Sanders. Biotronik Research Grant. Effect of obesity on the atria. $480,000
APP1068407 2014-2017 CI: A. Brown, S. J. Nicholls, P. Sanders, R. Gibson, S. G. Willoughby. NHMRC Project Grant. AC-Omega 3 Trial. $1,057247.00
APP1063754 2014-2017 CI: A Ganesan. AI: P. Sanders, J. M. Kalman. NHMRC Project Grant. ShEn mapping of AF. $423,447.00
2011 CI: A Ganesan, P Sanders. CVL Project Grant, Pfizer Australia. Identifying organisation in the chaos of atrial fibrillation: a study in humans. $50,000
2011-2012 CI: SR Willoughby, P Sanders, MI Worthley, AG Brooks. National Heart Foundation Grant–in-Aid. New insights into the prothrombotic state in atrial fibrillation $129,000
2011-2014 CI: P Sanders, T Jones, D Rowett, J Moss, AG Brooks. South Australian Cardiovascular Research Development Grant. HELP-AF: A randomized controlled trial assessing home-based support and education for AF patients $1.1M
2009-2011 CI: P Sanders, S Chandy, B John; AI: SG Willoughby. Australia-India Strategic Research Funding. Remodeling in Rheumatic Heart Disease $440,000
2009-2010 CI: AG Brooks; AI: P Sanders, L Mackenzie. Grant-in-Aid G 08A 3664, National Heart Foundation of Australia. Complex electrograms in atrial fibrillation: what are their mechanisms

2009: $62,500

2010: $62,500

2009-2010 CI: L Mackenzie, P Sanders, R Faull; AI: D Kelly Edwards. Grant-in-Aid G 08A 3653, National Heart Foundation of Australia. Atrial remodeling in an ovine model of chronic reno-vascular hypertension: implications for atrial arrhythmogenesis  
2009-2010 CI: P Sanders, GD Young, AG Brooks. Grant-in-Aid G 08A 3646, National Heart Foundation of Australia (). Left atrial stretch in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation

2009: $62,475

2010: $62,475

2009-2011 CI: P Sanders, GD Young, AG Brooks. Project Grant 565353, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.. Efficacy of coronary sinus ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation $375,877.00
2009-2011 CI: E Nalivaiko, P Sanders, TA Day, D Saint. Project Grant 569299, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. How chronic stress and depression harm the heart $357,925
2008-2010 CI: L Mackenzie, P Sanders. Discovery Project (DP0881057), Australian Research Council. Electrophysiological and anatomical characterization of the coronary sinus musculature and its relationship to the atria;

2008: $147,000

2009: $145,000

2010: $142,500

2008 CI: AG Brooks; AI: P Sanders. Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee Clinical Project Grant. High density mapping of atrial fibrillation – organisation within chaos $20,000
2008 CI: SG Willoughby, HS Lim, P Sanders. Project Grant, Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation. Reducing the risk of stroke following cardioversion: characterization of the effect of restoration of sinus rhythm on endothelial function and inflammation in men $7500
2008-2009 CI: GD Young, M James, R Metcalf, P Sanders. Grant-in-Aid G07A3261, National Heart Foundation of Australia. Effects of both dietary and acute administration of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on cardiac electrophysiology in humans

2008: $61,120

2009: $61,120

2007-2008 CI: P Sanders, GD Young, L Mackenzie. Grant-in-Aid G06A2477, National Heart Foundation of Australia. Role of the coronary sinus musculature in the substrate for atrial fibrillation

2007: $60,927

2008: $60,927

2006-2008 CI: P Sanders. Project Grant 399116, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Stretch induced pulmonary vein arrhythmogenesis $569,824.00
2006-2008 CI: M James, P Sanders, GD Young, J Edwards, R Metcalf, R Gibson. Project Grant 399333, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Dietary fish oil and post-surgical atrial fibrillation $536,529.00
2007 CI: P Molaee, SG Worthley, P Sanders. Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee Project Grant, Adelaide, Australia. Assessment of left atrial function using electroanatomic and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging $ 20,000
2007 CI: L Mackenzie, P Sanders, MJ James, D O’Carroll, S Koblar, GA Wittert, DA Saint. Equipment Grant, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Multi-channel microelectrode array system $48,000
2007 CI: SG Worthley, P Sanders. Establishment Grant. The Premier of South Australia. Cardiovascular Research Centre $30,000
2007 CI: SR Willoughby, MI Worthley, SG Worthley, P Sanders. Equipment Grant, Coopers Foundation, South Australia. Purchase of a platelet aggregometer $30,000
2007 CI: P Sanders, SG Worthley. Proof of Commercial Concept Grant, Faculty of Health Sciences and ARI Pty Ltd. Three-dimensional evaluation of heart structure and function $30,000
2007 CI: P Sanders, P Kuklik, GD Young. Development Grant 453649, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Anatomical template mapping system $103,150.00
2007 CI: DH Lau, P Sanders, GD Young. CVL Research Grants, Pfizer, Australia. The effects of omega-3 fatty acids on atrial fibrillation burden in patients with known paroxysmal atrial fibrillation $47,000
2007 CI: D Leong, P Sanders. CVL Research Grants, Pfizer, Australia Optimisation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy: the role of tissue Doppler imaging $53,980
2007 CI: DH Lau, GD Young, P Sanders. St Jude Medical Research Grant. The effects of omega-3 fatty acids on atrial fibrillation burden in patients with known paroxysmal atrial fibrillation $10,000
2006-2007 CI: P Sanders, GD Young. Grant-in-Aid G05A2081, National Heart Foundation of Australia (). Spatiotemporal organization of atrial fibrillation in different substrates

2006: $56,400

2007: $56,400

2003-2007 CI: P Sanders. Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia 244214: $196,219.00
2003-2007 CI: P Sanders. Ralph Reader Overseas Research Fellowship (O02M0849), National Heart Foundation of Australia  
2006 CI: P Sanders, GD Young. CVL Research Grants, Pfizer, Australia. Role of focal sources in different substrates of atrial fibrillation $55,000
2006 CI: P Sanders. Clinical Investigatorship Establishment Grant, the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation. Spatiotemporal organization of atrial fibrillation $60,000
2005 CI: P Sanders. Establishment Gift, the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundations. Pulmonary vein electrophysiology: insights into the role of the pulmonary veins in atrial fibrillation $30,000
2005 CI: P Sanders, JM Kalman. Affinity Heath Research Grant. Affinity Health Foundation (). Effect of radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation on atrial mechanical function $50,000
2005 CI: P Sanders. Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee Project Grant. Stretch related pulmonary vein remodeling $20,000
2003-2004 CI: P Sanders, M Haïssaguerre. Bourse d’Excellence (20036731). Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Recherche Académie de Bordeaux, Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires de Bordeaux, France. Role of the pulmonary veins in the substrate maintaining atrial fibrillation € 18,000
2002-2003 CI: P Sanders. The Pfizer Medical Research Fellowship. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians  
2002-2003 CI: P Sanders. The George Murray Postdoctoral Research Scholarships. University Of Adelaide  
2000-2002 CI: P Sanders. Medical Postgraduate Research Scholarship (008183). National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia  
2002 CI: P Sanders. Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant to attend the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. Chicago, Illinois  
2002 CI: P Sanders. Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant to attend the 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, San Diego, California  
2002 CI: P Sanders. North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology Young Investigator Travelling Scholarship to attend the 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions  
2002 CI: P Sanders. CSANZ ASM Scholarship 2002. The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Travelling Scholarship. To attend the 14th World Congress of Cardiology including the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Sydney, Australia  
2001 CI: P Sanders. Bayer Travelling Fellowship 2001. The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. To attend the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. Anaheim, California  
2001 CI: P Sanders. Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant to attend the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. Anaheim, California  
  • Position: Director - Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders
  • Phone: 83139000
  • Email: prash.sanders@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 82222722
  • Campus: Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Building: RAH - McEwin Bldg Department of Cardiology, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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