Successful 3rd Translational Research Meeting

On 27 and 28 June the Netherlands Heart Institute organised the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting. The central theme this year was “The future belongs to the young”. The congress was well visited with around 350 people that attended.

Barbara Casadei gave an inspiring keynote lecture about the life of young women (and men) in science, with the main message that we should not give up too easy. It will get better over time, if we would just give it a try. Roger Foo closed the congress with yet another interesting lecture about genomics.
In the scientific sessions we had international input from Spiros Denaxas (London), Declan O’Regan (London), Sophie Van Linthout (Berlin) and Emelia Benjamin (Boston).
The scientific sessions discussed topics such as heart failure, big data and machine learning, sex differences in cardiovascular diseases, lifestyle and prevention, and many more. Overall, it was again an interesting congress where scientists could share their data and views on cardiovascular topics.

We congratulate Aimée Sakes with winning the Einthoven Dissertation Prize and Jouke Bokma and Bastiaan du Pre with strong second and third prizes. Elise Kessler and Arend van Deutekom took home a €45.000 fellowship to work abroad for one year. Renee Maas and Tom Bracco Gartner won a €30.000 fellowship made available by the PLN foundation.
Joep Eding, Arwa Kohela and Job Verdonschot won the poster prizes and last but not least; Jorg Calis and Martijn Wehrens won the DCVA Talent Grant. Congratulations to all!

We would like to thank the Program Committee: Eva van Rooij, Marie José Goumans, Geert Boink, Niels Riksen, Emma Robinson and Wouter Jukema.We heard lots of positive reactions to the congress program this year, due to the efforts of these committee members. If you have any suggestions or ideas for topics you would like to see in sessions next year, please let us know.

Thank you very much for attending and we hope to see you next year: 25-26 June 2020, Beatrixgebouw Utrecht. 

Work shop video production

Do you want to make a short video during the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting and learn how that can be done by using your own smartphone? You get the chance to do this in the workshop “Video Production with your Smartphone”.

On the first day of the congress, Thursday 27 June, you will get an instruction about how to make a short video, technical training in the use of your smartphone camera and the use of tools such as external microphones. During the congress you will make recordings with your own smartphone. On day 2 of the congress, Friday 28 June, you will edit this into a short video.
Throughout the entire process you will get instructions from Han de Poorte (Videoproducer, Mobiographer and Trainer). The most successful films will be shown to all attendees at the end of the congress and used on our web site.

Are you interested? Please send an e-mail to, the number of places is limited! You can learn a skill that can be of use to you in your further career.

Full programme available!

The full programme of the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting is now available. We are very proud of the wide variety of topics we cover and the great national and international speakers we have recruited.

You can view the online programme, and click on the links there to see details of the sessions. If you prefer, you can download the full programme in PDF format. Obviously, we will update both versions should that prove necessary.

Fellowships 2019

The Fellowships give promising young researchers from the Netherlands the opportunity to work for up to one year in an international top quality academic centre anywhere in the world to gather skills or knowledge that can consequently be applied in a Dutch academic centre.

The Netherlands Heart Institute can facilitate up to 2 Fellowships of €45.000 each for one year.

You can apply for a shorter Fellowship in which case the amount is reduced proportionally. For example, for a 4 month Fellowship you can apply for up to €15.000. Read all the details here.

Registration now open

We have opened registration for the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting. Please use the “Register” button in the top menu.

Scientific topics selected

The programme committee of the congres has selected the topics for the scientific subsessions of the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Arrythmia
  • Machine learning, big data
  • Microvascular disease
  • Lifestyle and prevention
  • Inflammation
  • Sex differences in cardiovascular disease
  • Imaging
  • Non-coding RNA

Over the next weeks we will start publishing the names of chairs and speakers as well as detailed programmes for the subsessions.

Second key note lecture confirmed

We are proud to announce that Barbara Casadei has accepted our invitation to give a key note lecture during the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting.

Prof. Casadei is not only president of the European Society of Cardiology but also Cardiovascular Theme Leader at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Myocardial Theme Leader at Oxford BHF Centre of Excellence.

The provisional title of her lecture is “Fortune sides with those who dare”.

First key note lecture confirmed!

We have already confirmed the first key note lecture for the 3rd Translational Cardiovascular Research Meeting: Profesor Roger Foo of the National University Heart Centre and Cardiovascular Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

His recent publications include single cardiomyocyte RNA-seq as well as one of the early papers profiling circRNAs in the human heart.

We are proud to have Roger Foo as a key note lecturer.