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History

Arrhythmias
The European Working Group of Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology was founded in 1978 by Prof. E. Coraboeuf (Paris) & Prof. E. Carmeliet (Leuven), and this first nucleus soon also included Prof. S. Weidmann (Bern).



The first meeting took place in Leuven, bringing together all labs of Europe investigating the properties of the cardiac action potential and the underlying ionic currents.
This first meeting was attended by some 100 people, and the major goal was to share scientific information in order to advance research in a quickly developing field.

The passing of one of the founders, Prof. Coraboeuf, in September 1998, was fittingly remembered by a symposium organised by Prof. R. Fischmeister in Paris, in September 1999.
The meeting brought together scientists from all over the world, and demonstrated the immense progress that has been made in the field over the last 25 years.

Some 10 years after its founding, the Working Group became a member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). 

A list of all past Chairpersons is shown below

Prof. Godfrey SmithGlasgow, UK2014-2016
Dr. Paul Volders, FESCMaastricht, NL2012-2014
Prof. Elisabetta CERBAI, FESCFirenze, IT 2010-2012
Prof. David A. EISNER, FESC  Manchester, UK         2008-2010
Prof. Barbara CASADEI, FESC 

Oxford, UK     

2006-2008 
Prof. Antonio ZAZA, FESC         Milan, IT     2004-2006 
Dr Sylvain RICHARD Montpellier, FR 2002-2004 
Prof. Karin SPIDIO, FESC Leuven, BE 2000-2002 
Prof. Alessandro MUGELLI, FESC       Firenze, IT 1998-2000 
Prof. Ursula RAVENS, FESC Dresden, DE 1996-1998 
Prof. Guy VASSORT Montpellier, FR 1994-1996 
Dr Hilary F. BROWN  1992-1994 
Prof. Lennart N. BOUMAN  1990-1992 
Prof. Silvio WEIDMANN Bern, CH 1998-1990 
Prof. Felix I.M. BONKE  1986-1988 
Dr de HEMPTINNE1984-1986
Prof. Felix I.M. BONKE1982-1984