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Electrophysiology research, headed by Professor Peter Kistler, has a particular interest in the relationship between atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
The group closely collaborates with the cardiac MRI service to examine the role of fibrosis and other structural abnormalities in the genesis of arrhythmias. A large multi-centre international study (MINIMAX) pioneered at The Alfred, which investigates techniques of catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation, is in the process of submission to a major international journal. In collaboration with Associate Professor Taylor and several centres around Melbourne, Dr Sandeep Prabhu is coordinating the CAMERA-MRI study, which is a large randomised study assessing the role of cardiac MRI in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
Find out more about Clinical Electrophysiology laboratory research conducted at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute.
Professor Kistler is an international leader in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia and related research.
Dr Ling is a cardiologist at The Alfred.
Alex Voskoboinik is a Cardiologist and electrophysiologist.