Antwerp meets Copenhagen

An academic cardiology symposium

vr, 01/03/2024 - 13:30 tot za, 02/03/2024 - 13:30
Auditorium Kinsbergen, Antwerp University Hospital / F. de Tassiszaal, Hof Van Liere (UAntwerpen)
Dear Colleague,
We cordially invite you to a new Antwerp Meets... symposium, this year with Copenhagen! The entire meeting will follow the format of the earlier “research meeting”, which was held on Friday afternoon. We draw on the research work of our own doctoral students and of those from other Flemish universities, together with their promotors, to highlight various cardiovascular novelties.
Each half-day will start with a state-of-the-art lecture by one of our two Copenhagen guests, Prof. Jacob Tfelt-Hansen and Prof. Bo Gregers Winkel. They will also contribute to the discussions after the presentations by the PhD students. Friday afternoon, March 1, 2-6 p.m., focuses on 'basic research and cardiogenetics'; Saturday morning March 2 (9am-1pm) covers 'clinical-cardiological' topics. The meetings are open to all who is interested.
Friday afternoon will take place in the Kinsbergen auditorium in the UZA, Saturday in the F. de Tassiszaal of the Hof Van Liere of the University of Antwerp (Prinsstraat 13).
Looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp!

Prof. dr. Hein Heidbuchel
Chair of Cardiology, UZA
Coordinator, UCNA

Friday, March 1st (auditorium Kinsbergen, UZA)

13.30 - 14.00: Registration and drinks

14.00 - 14.05: Welcome | Prof. dr. Hein Heidbuchel (UZA)

14.05 – 15.00: State-of-the-art lecture: Sudden cardiac death in the young in Denmark – from research and national initiatives to guidelines | Prof. Jacob Tfelt-Hansen (Copenhagen University)

15.00 - 15.20: Novel small-molecule ERBB4 agonists for the treatment of heart failure | Julie Cools (promotors Prof. Segers en Prof. De Keulenaer) (UAntwerpen)

15.20 - 15.40: Oxidative stress in congenital heart disease | Inne Vanreusel (promotoren Prof. An Van Berendoncks, Dr. Wendy Hens en Prof. Vincent Segers) (UAntwerpen)

15.40 - 16.00: Evaluating the protective effects of dexrazoxane on cardiac and vascular toxicity induced by doxorubicin | Dustin Krüger (promotors: Constantijn Franssen and Pieter-Jan Guns) (UAntwerpen)

16.00 - 16.20: Coffee break

16.20 - 16.40: mRNA COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis in exercising mice: running Into trouble? | Sander Eens (promotors: Hein Heidbuchel and Pieter-Jan Guns) (UAntwerpen)

16:40 - 17.00: Bridging the cardio-oncology gap with insights from a functional TTNtv cell model | Hanne Boen (promotors Prof. Van Craenenbroeck, Maaike Alaerts en Prof. Loeys) (UAntwerpen)

17:00 - 17.20: The effects of heart failure treatments on cancer growth in a mouse model | Celine Civati (promotors Prof. Segers en Prof. De Keulenaer) (UAntwerpen)

17:20 - 17.40: Human iPSC-cardiomyocyte creation, validation and functional analysis with genetically encoded indicators | Dogan Akdeniz (promotors Dr. M. Alaerts, Dr. D. Schepers & Prof. B. Loeys) (UAntwerpen)

17.40 - 18.00: Deciphering structural cardiotoxicity: exploration into novel assays and biomarkers in hiPSCcardiomyocytes | Martina Cherubin (promotors Maaike Alaerts, Pieter-Jan Guns en Vitalina Gryshkova) (UA)

18.00 - 18.30: Drinks

Saturday, March 2nd (Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13, Antwerpen)

8.30 - 9.00: Registration, with a coffee and croissant

9.00 – 9.05: Welcome | Prof. dr. Hein Heidbuchel (UZA)

9.05 - 10.00: State-of-the-art lecture: Sudden cardiac death: diagnostic workup, and gaps in evidence including rehabilitation | Prof. Bo Gregers Winkel, Copenhagen University

10.00 - 10.20: Heart rate monitors to estimate physical activity in a cardiovascular population | Christophe Buyck, also for Paulien Vermunicht (promotors Prof. Heidbuchel en Dr. Desteghe) (UAntwerpen)

10.20 - 10.40: Tools to differentiate between Filamin C and Titin truncating variant carriers: value of MRI | Johanna Jacobs (promotors Prof. L. Van Aelst & Prof. T. Robyns) (KU Leuven)

10.40 - 11:00: A digitally-supported shared decision making approach for patients during cardiac rehabilitation: a randomised controlled trial | Ece Kizilkilic (promotors Prof. Dendale en Prof. Michel De Pauw (UHasselt en UGent)

10.35 - 11.20: Coffee break

11.20 - 11.40: Risk stratification in acute myocarditis and MYTHS-MRNicole Sturkenboorm of Lobke Pype (UAntwerpen)

11.40 – 12.00: Development of systematic care pathways to tackle multimorbidity in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation: the EHRA-PATHS Horizon2020 project | Rana Önder (promotors Prof. Heidbuchel, Dr. J. Vijgen, Dr. L. Desteghe) (UHasselt & UAntwerpen)

12.00 - 12.20: mPAP/CO slope and oxygen uptake add prognostic value in aortic stenosis | Sarah Hoedemakers (promotors Prof. B. Cosyns & Dr. L. Herbots) (VUBrussel & UHasselt)

12.20 - 12.40: Does the ECG during exercise reveal early indication of left-sided involvement in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy? | Hielko Miljoen (promotor Prof. Heidbuchel) (UAntwerpen)

12.40 - 13.30: Walking lunch


Friday, 1st March:

Auditorium Kinsbergen, Antwerp University Hospital
Drie Eikenstraat 655, Edegem 

Saturday, 2nd March:

F. de Tassiszaal, Hof Van Liere (UAntwerpen)
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp


Department of Cardiology UZA - cardiologie [at] uza [dot] be
Phone: +32 3 275 73 69


Please register here before Saturday 2nd March (registration is free).


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