about our research

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) research

Prof Lau is one of Australia’s leading researchers into Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

Some of his work has previously been incorporated into international guidelines for the management of POTS.

He has a passion for translating evidence-based research findings into patient centred, therapeutic care for those with POTS.

Marie-Claire Seeley is currently a PhD candidate who is under the supervision of Dr Lau at The University of Adelaide where she is undertaking research into POTS.

Marie-Claire has personal experience with managing POTS and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and brings to her practice a passion for advocating and advancing research into the causes, diagnosis and management of POTS.

The Australian Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Patient Registry (Oz-POTS)

Oz-POTS seeks to collect and analyse medical information from those diagnosed with POTS. This data helps us to better understand some of the associated conditions that come with POTS, as well as how POTS affects people over time.

Participation requires consent from individuals to transfer their ‘de-identified’ medical information into a secure encrypted database. Participants will be asked to fill in an on-line health survey at yearly intervals.

It is important for the research to be valuable, that we include a broad range of POTS patients in the database. If you have had POTS in the past but are improving in your health.

Your medical information is still relevant and important to us. If you would like to be involved, please send an email to: Oz-POTS@sahmri.com for more information.

POTS and Long Covid Syndrome (POTS-LCS)

Covid-19 has raised awareness of post-viral, chronic fatigue like syndromes. Marie-Claire is undertaking a study which explores the hormonal, inflammatory and immune bio-markers in POTS and Long Covid Syndrome.

This study will utilize novel antibody and inflammatory markers to explore if there is a similarity of blood profile in those with these two conditions. The study will also look at the neuro-cognitive, kidney and heart function of patients with this condition.

We are currently enrolling participants who have POTS or Long Covid Syndrome as well as healthy adults as a comparison group. Those with both Long Covid Syndrome and POTS are also welcomed to apply.

If you are interested in engaging in research, either as a participant or as a researcher, we encourage you to explore some of the projects we are currently undertaking.

Research Opportunities

Prof Lau and Marie-Claire value multi-disciplinary collaboration in both clinical care and research. If you have an interest in undertaking post-graduate studies into POTS please contact us for further information.

Topics of interest are:

  • Novel treatments approaches for POTS
  • Improved diagnostic pathways for POTS
  • POTS and schooling/education
  • POTS in pregnancy
  • Lived experiences of parents and carers of those with POTS

Please contact POTS-LCS@sahmri.com for more information.


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