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Thomas Agbaedeng

Thomas Agbaedeng
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

A medical research scientist in-training currently undertaking a PhD in Medicine at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, the University of Adelaide. My research investigates how atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death, two burgeoning heart rhythm conditions, develop in obese subjects with focus on epicardial fat.

I have made marked strides in my PhD candidature, demonstrating that sustained obesity can create a substrate for sudden cardiac death, leading to my recent award of 1st Prize in the Young Investigator Award competition at the biggest heart rhythm society in Europe - EHRA Congress, Barcelona. I was also a Ralph Reader YIA finalist at the CSANZ meeting 2017 in Perth, WA, and a YIA finalist at HRS | Cardiac EPS congress 2017, Chicago, IL. Additionally, my work on epicardial fat and AF has presented at major international conferences.

I have won several accolades, including the Overseas Research Award by the Adelaide Medical School 2017, Adelaide Full Fee Scholarship and the PM Steele Electrophysiology Scholarship to fund my PhD research. Prior to my PhD, I was a two-time recipient of the prestigious award of “RSSDA Scholarship” from the government of Nigeria to study in the United Kingdom.

I have authored and co-authored over 30 conferences papers. I regularly peer-review papers for high-impact journals, such as Circulation (Impact Factor 19.3), Circulation: Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology (IF 6.5) and Heart Rhythm (IF 5)

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Thomas Agbaedeng

A medical research scientist in-training currently undertaking a PhD in Medicine at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, the University of Adelaide. My research investigates how atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death, two burgeoning heart rhythm conditions, develop in obese subjects with focus on epicardial fat.

I have made marked strides in my PhD candidature, demonstrating that sustained obesity can create a substrate for sudden cardiac death, leading to my recent award of 1st Prize in the Young Investigator Award competition at the biggest heart rhythm society in Europe - EHRA Congress, Barcelona. I was also a Ralph Reader YIA finalist at the CSANZ meeting 2017 in Perth, WA, and a YIA finalist at HRS | Cardiac EPS congress 2017, Chicago, IL. Additionally, my work on epicardial fat and AF has presented at major international conferences.

I have won several accolades, including the Overseas Research Award by the Adelaide Medical School 2017, Adelaide Full Fee Scholarship and the PM Steele Electrophysiology Scholarship to fund my PhD research. Prior to my PhD, I was a two-time recipient of the prestigious award of “RSSDA Scholarship” from the government of Nigeria to study in the United Kingdom.

I have authored and co-authored over 30 conferences papers. I regularly peer-review papers for high-impact journals, such as Circulation (Impact Factor 19.3), Circulation: Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology (IF 6.5) and Heart Rhythm (IF 5)

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Award 1st Prize, Young Investigator Award European Heart Rhythm Association Spain
2017 Award Finalist, Ralph Reader Young Investigator Award Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand Australia
2017 Award Finalist, Young Investigator Award Heart Rhythm Society United States
2017 Award Adelaide Medical School Overseas Research Travel Grant to Chicago, IL The University of Adelaide Australia $3000
2011 Scholarship Rivers State Sustainability Development Agency Undergraduate Scholarship RSSDA, Rivers State Government, Nigeria United Kingdom
2010 Scholarship Rivers State Sustainability Development Agency Undergraduate Scholarship RSSDA, Rivers State Government, Nigeria United Kingdom

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
2011 - 2014 University of Brighton, Brighton United Kingdom B.Sc (Hons)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Thanigaimani, S., McLennan, E., Linz, D., Mahajan, R., Agbaedeng, T., Lee, G., . . . Lau, D. (2017). Progression and reversibility of stretch induced atrial remodeling: Characterization and clinical implications. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 130(Pt B), 376-386.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2017 Thanigaimani, S., Lau, D., Agbaedeng, T., Elliott, A., Mahajan, R., & Sanders, P. (2017). Molecular mechanisms of atrial fibrosis: implications for the clinic. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy, 15(4), 247-256.
DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC1

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2018 Agbaedeng, T., Mahajan, R., Thanigaimani, S., Mclennan, E., Twomey, D., Lau, D., & Sanders, P. (2018). Molecular characterisation of fibro-fatty infiltrations in the ventricular myocardium of obese sheep. In CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH Vol. 114 (pp. S11-S12). Vienna, AUSTRIA: OXFORD UNIV PRESS.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2016 Agbaedeng, T., Mahajan, R., Munawar, D., Elliott, A., Twomey, D., Kumar, S., . . . Sanders, P. (2016). Effects of epicardial fat and anterior fat pad removal on post-operative atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL. Rome, ITALY: OXFORD UNIV PRESS.
2016 Agbaedeng, T., Mahajan, R., Munawar, D., Elliott, A., Twomey, D., Kumar, S., . . . Sanders, P. (2016). Meta-analysis of effects of epicardial fat on atrial fibrillation and ablation outcome. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts for the 64th Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting and the International Society for Heart Research Australasian Section Annual Scientific Meeting, as published in Heart, Lung and Circulation. Adelaide, Australia: Elsevier.
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Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Affiliate Member Australia
2017 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Medical Research, Student Member Australia
2017 - ongoing Member Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Disorders, Associate Member Singapore
2017 - ongoing Member American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, Student Member United States
2016 - ongoing Member The Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, Fellow-Trainee Member United States

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