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ESC Working Group on Cellular Biology of the Heart

The ESC Working Group on Cellular Biology of the Heart aims to promote understanding of the importance of cell biology with respect to the heart. We bring together basic scientists and clinicians, with the aim of inspiring translational research in a variety of fields including coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation/arrhythmias, and heart failure. As such, we regularly interact with other ESC working groups, contributing our collective expertise on molecular and cellular mechanisms of cardiac health and disease. Our working group is keen to attract a diverse range of new members with an interest in learning about, discussing or promoting cellular biology of the heart.

Aims and activities


  • To promote basic science and translational research in cellular biology of the heart
  • To encourage fruitful links between clinical medicine and laboratory-based research.
  • To work together to develop translational research projects that will lead to novel therapeutic targets for treating patients with heart disease.
  • To engage young cardiovascular scientists in the activities of the working group


    • Publish position papers on key topics related to cellular biology of the heart
    • Organise a bi-annual Joint Meeting with the Working Group on Myocardial Function
    • Collaborate with the Council on Basic Science, in particular with the organization of scientific meetings such as the Frontiers in CardioVascular Biomedicine (FCVB) and the ESC Basic Science Summer School 
    • Collaborate with affiliated member societies including non-ESC entities such as International Society of Heart Research (ISHR)

    Nucleus 2020-2022


    Dr. Sean M. Davidson
    University College London
    The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute
    67 Chenies Mews
    WC1E 6HX London - United Kingdom
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    Assoc. Prof. Cinzia Perrino, FESC
    Federico II University
    Via Pansini 5,
    IT-80131 Naples - Italy
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    Assist. Prof. Rosalinda Madonna
    Department of Neuroscience and Imaging
    G. D'annunzio University
    Via Dei Vestini
    66013 Chieti - Italy
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    Prof. Bianca Brundel
    Netherlands (The)
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    Dr. Thomas Krieg
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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    Communication Coordinator

    Dr. Maurizio Pesce
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    Ordinary Nucleus members

    Miss Melanie Paillard
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    Mrs. Paula Da Costa Martins
    Netherlands (The)
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    Prof. Petra Kleinbongard, FESC
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    Prof. Sabine Steffens, FESC
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    Dr. Henrique Girao
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    Prof. Mariann Gyongyosi, FESC
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    Non-voting nucleus members

    Dr. Can Gollmann-Tepekoylu

    Dr. Gabriele Giacomo Schiattarella
    Liaison with Translational Committee of the HFA-ESC and affiliated to ESC SoT

    Prof. Joost Sluijter, FESC
    CARE Liaison
    Netherlands (The)

    Prof. Sophie Van Linthout
    HF Board Representative