The Team

EU-CaRE Europe

Executive Board

This project is coordinated by Dr. Arnoud van ’t Hof, cardiologist at Isala Heart Centre (Zwolle, the Netherlands). The executive board furthermore includes Prof. Eva Prescott (Copenhagen, Denmark), Dr. Astrid van der Velde (Zwolle, the Netherlands), and Dr. Marie Christine Iliou (Paris, France)

EU-CaRE France

Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (Paris, France)

Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris is the Paris’s area medical centre. 37 hospitals divided into 12 hospital groups among which Hopitaux Universitaires Paris Ouest includes Hopital europeen Georges Pompidou (HEGP), Corentin Celton Cardiac rehabilitation programme is provide in Corentin Celton Hospital. Cardiac Rehabilitation and secondary prevention department is one of the leaders in this sub specialty of cardiology in France. The department has capacities for in and out patients care: 40 hospitalized beds, and 20 ambulatory patients. Professionals of the department include cardiologists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietician, and social workers.

Dr Marie Christine Iliou, Team Leader France

Dr Marie Christine Iliou is Head of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Department since 2007. She is President (2012-2014) of the French working group of exercise, rehabilitation and sport cardiology of French Society of Cardiology and member from 2003. Beside her membership of the EACPR, she is the national coordinator of cardiovascular prevention (2012-today) in France and elected Nuclei member of Cardiac Rehabilitation section of EACPR of ESC (2014-today). Marie Christine Iliou published 55 articles in peer reviewed journals and gave a lot of  presentations in international congresses.

EU-CaRE Denmark

Region Hovedstaden (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Region Hovedstaden is the coordinating centre of several hospitals and healthcare organisations on which Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen is one of. This university hospital and the department of cardiology is the largest hospital in Denmark with a catchment population of approximately 500.000 and the cardiac rehabilitation unit is the largest and nationally leading cardiac rehabilitation unit. The research centre of cardiovascular research has main focus on research in cardiac prevention and rehabilitation mainly through clinical and epidemiological studies.

Prof. Eva Prescott, Team Leader Denmark

Prof. Eva Prescott is professor and head of research at the Department of Cardiology, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen. She has considerable experience in initiating and conducting cardiac rehabilitation clinical trials. She is currently chair of the section on Prevention, Epidemiology and population science under the European Society of Cardiology and member of the congress programme committee for the ESC. She is the co-author of more than 150 original papers.

EU-CaRE Germany

Stiftung Institut für Herzinfarktforschung (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany)

The Institut für Herzinfarktforschung (IHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of cardiac care in Germany. It performs prospective registries and randomized clinical trials in all cardiac indications. It is the largest organization of its kind in Germany. It has a long-standing record in cardiac reserach with over 400 publications related to research performed by IHF.

Prof. Uwe Zeymer, Team Leader Germany

Prof. Uwe Zeymer is internist, cardiologist, with interest in emergency medicine and sports medicine. As head of the department, he is responsible for cardiac catheterization laboratory and the clinical trials. Prof. Zeymer’s scientific work includes clinical studies in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes and interventional cardiology.

EU-CaRE Parma

Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma (Parma, Italy)

The Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma is a highly specialised general hospital that offers its users a complete range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services.

Dr Diego Ardissino, Team Leader Parma

Dr Diego Ardissino is director of the General and Specialist Surgery Department of the University Hospital of Parma. Since graduating he carried out an intense research activity especially in the area of acute ischemic heart disease. He has published more than 200 papers in the most prestigious national and international journals. His is a speaker at national and international conferences.

EU-CaRE Spain

Servizo Galego de Saúde (Santiago de Compostella, Spain)

The Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago de Compostela (CHUS) is the main Hospital in SERGAS network. SERGAS is a public institution that provides healthcare services in the region of Galicia. The main resources for SERGAS consist of 7 hospitals trusts with tertiary care services, 7 rural hospitals and 460 primary care centres complete the network. About 38,000 professionals work at SERGAS which is considered the biggest organization in Galicia.

Team Leaders Spain

Prof. Jose Ramón González Juanatey

Prof. Jose Ramón González Juanatey is Head of the Cardiology Service at CHUS SERGAS, and Professor at Santiago University and President of Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC). He is director of cardiology group at Health Research Institute (IDIS). He has participated in more than 50 clinical trials and published more than 400 publications.

Dr Carlos Peña-Gil

Dr Carlos Peña-Gil is cardiologist at CHUS SERGAS and has more than 30 publications.

EU-CaRE Netherlands

Isala Heart Centre (Zwolle, the Netherlands)

Within Isala Heart Centre (Zwolle, the Netherlands) a team of professional and dedicated cardiologists, thoracic surgeons and staff is ready to treat patients with a wide variety of heart problems. Isala Heart Centre excels in quality and professionalism. In addition to patient care, training and scientific research are of paramount importance. Isala Heart Centre has the ambition to be among the European top in cardiac care.

Work package leaders – The Netherlands

Team Leaders the Netherlands

Dr. Arnoud van ‘t Hof

Dr. Arnoud van ‘t Hof is project coordinator of EU-CaRE and leader of work package 1 (project management). Dr. Arnoud van ‘t Hof is interventional cardiologist at Isala Heart Centre (Zwolle, The Netherlands). He has long-standing research interest in cardiovascular medicine, particularly in the field of primary angioplasty and acute coronary syndromes, with special interest in pre-hospital diagnosis and triage in the ambulance. He has (co-) chaired international multicentre trials in this field. Dr. Arnoud van ‘t Hof is a member of the working group of acute cardiac care and the working group of thrombosis of the ESC. He is an elected fellow of the ESC. He has authored over 200 publications in peer- reviewed cardiovascular journals.

Dr. Astrid van der Velde

Dr. Astrid van der Velde is leader of work package 3 (RCT) and deputy project manager (work package 1) of EU-CaRE. Dr. Astrid van der Velde is employed as medical practice manager at Isala Heart Centre (Zwolle, The Netherlands). She holds an MSc in nutrition & health and a PhD in medicine. Dr. Astrid van der Velde has been previously involved in the European 6th and 7th framework programme and versatile research projects. She has won multiple (inter)national awards.

EU-CaRE Switzerland

Universität Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

The University Clinic for Cardiology of the Inselspital Bern is the largest tertiary referral centre for patients with cardiovascular diseases in Switzerland. The core competence is the complete spectrum of modern cardiology ranging from interventional therapies, electrophysiology, heart failure, congenital heart disease, to preventive cardiology and rehabilitation.

Prof. Matthias Wilhelm, Team Leader Switzerland

Prof. Matthias Wilhelm is head of the Division of Ambulatory & Preventive Cardiology, University Clinic for Cardiology and head of the Interdisciplinary Center for Sports & Exercise Medicine Inselspital, University Hospital and University of Bern. He is Nucleus member of the Secondary Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the EAPC-ESC.