Belgian Heart Rhythm Meeting
BHRM 2017
Frédéric Anselme
Rouen University Hospital
Born on June 30th 1965 - Medical training at Rouen University Hospital with Pr N. Saoudi - Research Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology with Pr ME Josephson, Harvard Medical School - Main research fields: Atrio-ventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia mechanisms Catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation using cryoballoon technology Multisite cardiac resynchronisation therapy
Connie Bezzina
Academic Medical Center
Connie Bezzina obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Malta in 1998. She then joined the Department of Experimental Cardiology at the Academic Medical Center (Amsterdam) and was appointed Professor of Molecular Cardiogenetics in 2012. Her research focuses on the identification of genetic factors causing inherited cardiac rhythm disorders associated with sudden cardiac death.
Antoine Bondue
Erasme Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Professor Antoine Bondue received his medical degree from the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” (Belgium) in 2001. During his fellowship in cardiology, he studied the molecular mechanisms governing early cardiovascular development in the laboratory of Cédric Blanpain (Interdisciplinary Research Institute – Free University of Brussels – ULB, Brussels) from 2005 to 2012. He acquired his PhD degree in 2009, and performed a postdoctoral fellowship thereafter supported by the Belgian FNRS. His works addressed the role of the early mesodermal transcription factor Mesp1 as a key regulator of cardiovascular progenitor specification, and characterized the cellular and molecular hierarchy acting during the initial steps of cardiovascular development. By this work Professor Antoine Bondue acquired an expertise in cardiovascular development and in stem cell biology. As a cardiologist, he further worked in clinical cardiovascular genetics, and run a medical activity centered on cardiovascular genetics within the Centre for Human Genetics of the Free University of Brussels (ULB, Brussels). Professor Antoine Bondue is now the head of the Department of Cardiology of the Erasme Hospital in Brussels (ULB, Brussels). His main research interests are now focused on congenital heart disease, cardiovascular genetics and pulmonary hypertension. He is the current president of the Belgian Working Group on Adult Congenital Heart Disease (Belgian Society of Cardiology). He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.
Domenico Corrado
University Of Padova
Prof Domenico Corrado, MD, PhD Full Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Cardiac Thoracic and vascular Sciences, University of Padova Director of the Inherited Arrhythmic Cardiomyopathy Unit, School of Cardiology of the University of Padova Past-President Section of Sports Cardiology of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - European Society of Cardiology Past-Chairman of the Italian Society of Sports Cardiology More than 300 peer-reviewed publications in International Cardiological Journals and official reviewer of the following Journals Invited Faculty to Major European and North-American Centres and Symposia. Fellow and Member of National and International Societies.
Jan De Potter
UZ Ghent

Jan De Pooter (°1984) graduated as cardiologist at the University of Ghent in 2015. He continued his education with a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the University hospital of Ghent (2016) and AZ Sint-Jan Bruges (2017). His clinical works focuses on cardiac pacing and invasive diagnostic and interventional electrophysiology. His research focuses on electrocardiography in patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy and mapping and ablation of atrial arrhythmias. He is co-author of the ECG-book: “ECG uit of in het hoofd”. 

Hans-Christoph Diener
Department of Neurology, University Hospital Essen
Hans-Christoph Diener is Senior Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the Department of Neurology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, Chairman of the Essen Headache Centre and the Vertigo and Dizziness Centre. He was the chairman of the Department of Neurology from 1989 to 2106. He was formerly President of the German Neurological Society (2003–2004) and President of the International Headache Society (2009–2011).
Laurent Fauchier
Cardiologie, Hopital Universitaire Trousseau
Laurent Fauchier, MD, PhD, is Professor of Cardiology and works in the Cardiology and Electrophysiology Department at the Trousseau University Hospital, Tours, France. Prof Fauchier has interest in several fields of cardiology: clinical electrophysiology, risk stratification in atrial fibrillation, prevention of sudden death, cardiac pacing and defibrillation, radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, cardiovascular drugs evaluation.
Carsten W. Israel
Qualified at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 1992, internship/residencies at Bochum University. Department of Cardiology at Frankfurt University 1999-2009, Consultant of Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Master Teacher, Director of Arrhythmia Services/Devices. Chief of Cardiology, Bethel-Clinic Bielefeld (Academic Hospital) since 2009. Speaker of the German Working Group on Arrhythmias, member of the Educational/Certification/Nomination Committees of EHRA, Board of the World Society of Arrhythmia (WSA). Associate Editor of EUROPACE, Editor of “Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie”, Editorial Board of PACE. Numerous publications, reviewer for major journals in cardiovascular medicine, participant in many landmark trials.
Peter Karl Jacobsen
Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen
Trained in invasive EP at Arrhythmia Service, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and Rigshospitalet. Main clinical and research interest is arrhythmias and ablation of complex SVT and VT. The Heart Center at Righospitalet has one of the largest device “remote clinics” in Europe. The center has ten years of experience with ablation using remote magnetic navigation (>2500 cases).
Ajay Kakkar
Thrombosis Research Institute
Rt Hon Professor the Lord Ajay Kakkar PC BSc MBBS MA (Oxf) PhD FRCS FRCP The Rt. Hon. Professor the Lord Kakkar PC is Professor of Surgery, University College London, Chairman of University College London Partners Academic Health Science Partnership, Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of venous and arterial thromboembolic disease and cancer associated thrombosis.
Christophe Leclercq
Rennes University Hospital
Head of the department of Cardiology in Rennes University Hospital board member of EHRA and ESC and the french society of cardiology his main topic is devices in arrhythmias and heart fialure.
Francis Murgatroyd
King's College Hospital
Dr Murgatroyd is Director of Electrophysiology at King's College Hospital, London. His undergraduate training was at Cambridge and Oxford, and he trained in cardiology at St George's Hospital and in Leicester, before specializing in electrophysiology with George Klein's group in Ontario. He has published 3 books, 17 book chapters, and 67 papers; is on the council of British Heart Rhythm Society; and is the clinical lead for the UK National Device and Ablation audits.
Jens Cosedis Nielsen
Aarhus University Hospital
Born 1964 in Denmark, Jens Cosedis Nielsen studied medicine at Aarhus University and obtained his MD in 1991. Worked as a fellow at Danish hospitals until 2004, and after one year in Herzzentrum Leipzig had a position at the Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, where he has been a consultant cardiologist since 2007. Appointed professor of electrophysiology at Aarhus University, Denmark in 2011. His research group focuses on device therapy, cardiac resynchronization therapy, device complications and outcome after device therapy, and furthermore, catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Tatjana Potpara
Cardiology Clinic, Clinical Centre of Serbia
Tatjana S. Potpara, MD, PhD, FESC is a cardiologist, Head of Intensive Care in Arrhythmology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia and an Assistant Professor of Internal medicine/Cardiology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She currently serves at the European Heart Rhythm Association Scientific Initiatives Committee (Co-chair), Serbian Society of Cardiology (Vice-President) and Serbian Atrial Fibrillation Association (President).
Frank Provenier
AZ Maria Middelares

I received my medical training at the University of Ghent, and obtained my degree as M.D. in 1988. In 1993, I was recognized as a medical specialist in cardiology. I also obtained a certificate from the theoretical interuniversity course "Intensive Care".

Afterwards, I gained an additional qualification in implantation of cardiac devices and electrophysiology in the UZ Ghent (1993-1996, Prof. Dr. Luc Jordaens) and OLV hospital in Aalst (1996-2006, Prof. Dr. Pedro Brugada).

In 1998, I bundled the results of my research into the thesis "Appropriate Pacing Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation". With this, I obtained the diploma of Doctor of Medical Sciences (Ph.D.).

In 1996, I started the electrophysiological laboratory in AZ Maria Middelares in Ghent, where a team of electrophysiologists conducts investigations and ablations, as well as implants of pacemakers and defibrillators.

Since 2014, I am chief of the department of cardiology and a member of the AZ Maria Middelares Medical Board.

I practice general cardiology, with additional expertise in rhythm disorders.

Helmut Pürerfellner
Ordensklinkum Linz
I am the Head of the Department for Invasive Electrophysiology since its foundation in 1991. Our center is the busiest EP Center in Austria incorporating a dedicated EP lab where around 500 ablations are performed annually. The EP Group is renowned for its excellence and leading position in both clinical EP as well as in EP research. In addition, we have a longstanding and dedicated activity in national and international societies (EHRA, HRS). I am the current Vice-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the upcoming Europace Meeting 2018 in Barcelona. My main scientific interest is catheter ablation and AF monitoring.
Bruno Schwagten
ZNA Middelheim

Bruno Schwagten works as a cardiologist-electrophysiologist at the Middelheim hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. He is trained in working with all common tools used in electrophysiology such as cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, CARTO, Ensite and Rhythmia systems, but his major expertise is performing electrophysiologic procedures remotely using the Magnetic Navigation System. He is a board member of the nucleus of the Belgium Heart Rhythm Association and co-founder of the Society of Cardiac Robotic Navigation. He is also the founder and director of OVERRSLAG, a patient organisation empowering people suffering from cardiac arrhythmias and targeting the creation of widespread awareness on cardiac arrhythmias.

Roland Stroobandt
UZ Gent

Roland Stroobandt, MD, PhD, FHRS worked formerly as an electrophysiologist at the Az Damiaan Hospital in Ostend and later joined the Heart Center, Department of Electrophysiology at the Ghent University Hospital. He published many papers and books such as “Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators: Step by Step”, “ECG From Basics to Essentials: Step by Step”, “Cardiac Pacemakers and Resynchronization: Step by Step”. He is also co-author of the Dutch ECG book” ECG uit of in het hoofd.

Thierry Verbeet
CHU Brugmann
Head of the Department of Cardiology, CHU Brugmann, Maître de Stage, Former President of the Behra, Former member of the College of cardiology