Scientific Programme Committee
Jan Kovac
United Kingdom
University Hospitals of Leicester, NHS Trust, Leicester, United Kingdom
Professor of Interventional Cardiology at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Vice Chair of the ESC Stroke Council, Board member of the EC Valve Council, interventional cardiologist and innovator in the field of structural cardiac interventions and heart and brain interventions. Pioneer in the field of TAVI, LAA and PFO closure. Recognized international teacher in the field of structural cardiac interventions.
Wolfram Doehner
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Professor of Interdisciplinary Stroke Research at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Wolfram Doehner, MD, PhD, FESC is Professor of Interdisciplinary Stroke Research at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He is a Cardiologist and specialist for internal medicine and for nutritional medicine. He works at the Berlin Center for Regenerative Medicine (BCRT), and at the Dept. of Cardiology at the Virchow hospital of the Charite University hospital Berlin and at the Center for stroke research, Berlin (CSB).
He has worked before at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, and at the Virchow Hospital of the Charité. He had earned an MD on studies on the forebrain cholinergic neurotransmission system in cognitive impairment and a PhD at the National Heart & Lung Institute of the Imperial College London, UK, on studies of impaired energy metabolism and insulin resistance in patients with chronic heart failure.
He published more than 380 publications (h index 48) in scientific and peer reviewed journals, and book chapters. He is associate editor of a number of scientific journals and is regularly invited speaker at national and international meetings. He was chair (2016-18) of the study group on Heart & Brain Interaction of the HFA, and secretary of the section on rehabilitation of the European Association on Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). He is member of the ESC program committee (2014-2020) and is chairmen (2018-20) of the ESC Council on Stroke.
Alison Halliday
United Kingdom
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Professor of Vascular Surgery University of Oxford
Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Oxford and Immediate Past-President of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, Alison is Principal Investigator in the large ACST multi-national randomised Carotid Trials. ACST-1, with over 3000 patients, compared carotid surgery with medical treatment alone and clearly showed that surgery for tight asymptomatic carotid stenosis reduced the subsequent 10-year risk of stroke. ACST-2 is comparing surgery with stenting, again for tight asymptomatic carotid stenosis, and has almost completed the planned recruitment of 3600 patients. Results should be available in 2021 but progress can be followed on the trial website acst-2.org
Miloš Táborský
University Hospital Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Chief of the I. Internal Clinic of Cardiology at the University Hospital in Olomouc
Prof. MUDr. Miloš Táborský, CSc., FESC, MBA has 25 years of medical experience. He is a leading Czech cardiologist, and focuses on malfunctions of the heart rhythm. In 1989 he started to work at Na Homolce Hospital and began his postgraduate studies at the University of Münster. He also worked at Heart Centre in Leipzig. From 2001 to 2006 he was a chairman of the Workgroup of Arrhythmia and Permanent Cardiostimulation at the Czech Cardiologist Association, of which he is a member. He also participated as a member in the Deutsche Kardiologische Gesellschaft and Cardiac Electrophysiology Society. Currently, he works as a chief of the I. Internal Clinic of Cardiology at the University Hospital in Olomouc. Since 2015 he has been a chairman of the Czech Cardiologist Association.
Gregory Lip
United Kingdom
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Director of the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital
Professor Lip, MD, is Price-Evans Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the University of Liverpool, UK – and Director of the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital. He is also Distinguished Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark; and Adjunct Professor at Seoul National University and Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
Half of his time is spent as a clinical cardiologist, including outpatient clinics (leading large atrial fibrillation and hypertension specialist services) and acute cardiology.
Professor Lip has had a major interest into the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation (AF), as well as the pathophysiology of thromboembolism in this arrhythmia. Furthermore, he has been researching stroke and bleeding risk factors, and improvements in clinical risk stratification.
Renate Schnabel
University Heart & Vascular Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Professor of Cardiology at University Heart Center Hamburg
Renate B. Schnabel, MD, MSc is an interventional cardiologist, professor in cardiology at University Heart Center Hamburg. She graduated from medical school in Mainz and received her medical training from the University of Edinburgh, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and University Heart Center Hamburg. She performed a research fellowship at the Framingham Heart Study and received a master’s degree from Boston University. She works with epidemiological and clinical trials. Her research interest is in coronary artery disease/acute coronary syndrome and atrial fibrillation, gender differences, omics, and digital health for risk assessment and prevention. She works in international consortia and has been awarded funding from the German Research Foundation (Emmy Noether-Programme), BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and the European Research Council. Her goal is the implementation of systems medicine for personalized cardiovascular care.
Christophe Cognard
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, France
Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic and therapeutic neuroradiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse
Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic and therapeutic neuroradiology Past President of the Esmint EBNI co-founder and board member.
Robert Hatala
National Cardiovascular Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia
Director of Department of Arrhythmias and Cardiac Pacing, National Cardiovascular Institute
Since 1995 Prof. Dr. Robert Hatala has been working as Director of the Arrhythmia and Pacing Centre and since 2008 as head of the Division of Cardiology at the National Cardiovascular Institute and Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He obtained his MD degree (summa cum laude) in 1980 at the Comenius University School of Medicine in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he was inaugurated in 2001 as full professor of internal medicine – cardiology. During his postgraduate practice he has gained also extensive clinical experience of over 5-years duration at university clinics in Canada (Montreal), Germany (Hamburg), France (Paris) and Austria (Vienna). His main areas of clinical and scientific interest are cardiac arrhythmias with special focus on catheter ablation, all aspects of atrial fibrillation, sudden death and its prevention and arrhythmogenesis in CAD, hypertension and heart failure. In 1995 he has founded the first specialized arrhythmia centre in Slovakia, which admits annually over 1500 patients who undergo more than 2000 interventions (device implantations and catheter ablations) in adults and children.
Sandor Nardai
Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center - Budapest, Hungary
Interventional cardiologist / Cardiologist, Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center
Sandor Nardai is a board certified cardiology and neurology specialist primarily engaged in the interventional treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular emergencies.