1 - 4 August 2024


Prashanthan Sanders

University of Adelaide, SA

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 modeling 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 the development of novel technologies.

Professor Sanders has published in excess of 450 peer-reviewed manuscripts which have been cited over 29,000 times and an H-index of 82.

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


Kempson Maddox Lecture

This lecture honours the late Sir J Kempson Maddox. Sir Kempson, who died in 1990, had a major influence on the development of cardiology in Australia. He was instrumental in the establishment of both the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 1951 and the National Heart Foundation of Australia in 1958. He was President of the Cardiac Society from 1956-1958 and played a substantial role in the formation of the Asian-Pacific Society of Cardiology, of which he was President in 1960. He became President of the International Society of Cardiology from 1966 – 1970.

The Kempson Maddox Lecturer must be an Australian or New Zealander who is a senior member of the Cardiac Society and who has made a substantial contribution to cardiology.