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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 2022-2024


    Assoc. Prof. Cinzia Perrino, FESC
    Federico II University
    Via Pansini 5,
    IT-80131 Naples - Italy
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    Dr. Maurizio Pesce
    Centro cardiologico Monzino, IRCCS
    Unita di Ingegneria Tissutale
    Via C. Parea 4
    I-20138 Milan
    Milan Italy
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    Dr. Sean M. Davidson, FESC
    University College London
    The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute
    67 Chenies Mews
    WC1E 6HX London - United Kingdom
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    Prof. Petra Kleinbongard, FESC
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    Prof. Thomas Krieg, FESC
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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    Communication Coordinator

    Dr. Melanie Paillard
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    Ordinary Nucleus members

    Prof. Ioanna Andreadou
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    Mrs. Paula Da Costa Martins
    The Netherlands
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    Dr. Zoltan Giricz
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    Dr. Elisa Liehn
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    Assist. Prof. Ange Maguy
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    Prof. Katrin Streckfuss-Boemeke
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    Non-voting Nucleus members

    Prof. Bianca Brundel
    The Netherlands
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    Dr. Gemma Chiva-Blanch, FESC
    SoT representative
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    Prof. Sophie Van Linthout, FESC
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    Prof. Paul Evans, FESC
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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    Prof. Matthias Thielmann
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