Dr Dominik Linz is a clinician-scientist who received his PhD from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2013 and completed his Cardiology training in Homburg/Saar, Germany, in 2017. In 2017 he has been recruited as an Associate Professor and clinical EP-fellow to Adelaide to initiate and drive a translational research program focusing on atrial fibrillation and sleep disordered breathing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide.
Over the past years Dr Dominik Linz has developed a National and International reputation in the field of cardiac arrhythmia research. The focus of this work has been to understand the pathophysiology and mechanisms underlying atrial arrhythmias and the development of treatment approaches. This research has broadly included: (i) Work describing sleep apnoea associated electrophysiological changes in the atria increasing atrial fibrillation susceptibility. (ii) Description of antiarrhythmic effects of autonomic modulation by renal sympathetic denervation under different pathophysiological conditions. (iii) Work describing the role of the lysosomal carboxypeptidase cathepsin A in the development of an atrial arrhythmogenic substrates. Ongoing research is mainly focused on preventive interventions for AF.