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EACPR Board - Exercise Physiology Section Chairman

Luc Vanhees

Proposers and Seconders

  • Hugo Saner & Dan Gaita
  • Hans Björnstad & Alain Cohen-Solal

Vision Statement l CV

"As an exercise physiologist I worked since 1978 scientifically and clinically in the field of cardiology. More specifically, my scientific interest lies in the intersection of exercise physiology with cardiology, i.e. exercise testing, exercise in the acute, sub acute and maintenance phases of cardiac rehabilitation, sports cardiology and prevention trough physical activity and physical fitness. This interest resulted in more than 150 articles, chapters in books or books in this field. (See appendix: list of publications).


Furthermore, the last 10 years I am involved in several educational and scientific activities of the ESC, such as abstract grading and involvement in educational courses of the ESC. My capacities to chair a section may be deducted from my activities as ‘Head of the Department Rehabilitation Sciences’ at my university, as Holder of the Faculty Chair “Lifestyle and Health” at the professional university of Utrecht, as nucleus member of the former working group#1 and as organizer of the spring meeting 2005 of WG#1 & WG #13 in Leuven and as member of the organizing committee Europrevent 2006.

Exercise physiology is proposed in the structure of the EACPR as one of the 6 sections. The present evidence on the importance of physical activity, physical fitness, sports and exercise training and the prognostic value of exercise testing underlines undoubtedly the importance of a separate section. On the other hand, exercise forms a core component in almost every other section and I can’t imagine that in the other sections ‘exercise’ will be ignored just because this aspect would have to be covered in the section on exercise physiology. Therefore, as a first task I believe the organisation of the section is crucial, with emphasis on very close co-operation with the other 5 sections.

Important activities the section has to cover are: to propose scientific sessions or symposia for the EuroPRevent and the ESC congress, to organize educational programmes on assessment of physical activity and fitness, on exercise testing and exercise training, to propose recommendations or guidelines in this field, to edit the section on exercise physiology in the EJCPR and to stimulate and to set up multicentre research in this field."