Trained as Cardiologist in Munich, Freiburg, and Göttingen, Germany. Training in Basic Research in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, US, and Tokio, Japan. Professor of Cardiology since 2004. 2007 to 2014 Professor or Cardiology and Director of the Department of Cardiology at Medical University Graz, Austria. Founding Director of the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Heart Failure Research in Graz, Austria. President of the Austrian Cardiac Society 2010-2012. Since 2014, BIH Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Charité University Medicine, Campus Virchow, and the German Heart Center, Berlin Germany. Principal Investigator of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). Basic, translational, and clinical research interests in the fields of Heart Failure, Heart Failure related Arrhythmias, and Clinical Trials. Study Chair of several ongoing Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials.