DIRK L. BRUTSAERT, MD, PhD, Prof.Emeritus-Univ.Antwerp, EFESC, EFACC.
1966-2002: Professor of Physiology and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Antwerp, Belgium;
1981-2002: Co-chairman, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Antwerp (UZA);
2002-2007: Honorary Consultant, Department of Cardiology, Middelheim Hospital, University of Antwerp, Antwerp;
2004-2006: Founding President of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC);
2004-2006: President of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium (KAGB);
2014: Past-Chairman, European Heart Health Institute, European Heart Agency of ESC, Belgium.
Major research interest: Myocardial and ventricular function (contraction, relaxation and filling, non-uniformity) in health and disease, in particular in heart failure, including the role of cardiac endothelium in endothelial-cardiomyocyte cell communication, in therapeutic implications, and in cardio-oncology