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Mentors Research Support Project

Exercise Basic and translational science:

Volker Adams
Past-Chair, EACPR Exercise, Basic and Translational Research Section
Past-Chair, EuroPRevent Congress Programme Committee

Marco Guazzi
Chairman, EACPR Exercise, Basic and Translational Research Section
Member EuroPRevent Congress Programme Committee
Position: Director Heart Failure Unit and Cardiopulmonary Laboratory, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, University of Milano and Associate Professor of Cardiology, University of Milano.

Martin Halle
Past-Chair, EACPR Exercise, Basic and Translational Research Section, EACPR Education Committee Member
Position: Chair of Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Sports Medicine, Department of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Technische Universität München.

Ulf Landmesser
Professor Landmesser is currently Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiology of the University Heart Center, University Hospital Zurich (Switzerland). As of October 1st, Prof. Landmesser will start as Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at the Charité Universitaetsmediz in Berlin (Campus Benjamin Franklin), Germany.
He acts as Deputy Editor of the European Heart Journal, the leading cardiovascular journal in Europe, and as a member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
He has published more than 140 papers and received several research grants and awards, including national, EU FP-7 and transatlantic Leducq grants.
His research interest is focused on vascular biology of atherosclerosis and coronary disease and novel approaches to prevention and conservative management as well as novel interventional treatment approaches of coronary disease.

Alessandro Mezzani
Past-Chair, EACPR Exercise Physiology Section.
Course Director of the annual EACPR/ESC Training Course on the Use of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Cardiology.
Position: Head of the Exercise Pathophysiology Laboratory, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation IRCCS, Scientific Institute of Veruno, Italy.
Main fields of interest:
Evaluation of exercise pathophysiology of cardiac and non-cardiac patients, with special attention to those with chronic heart failure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Evaluation of modalities of aerobic continuous and interval training in cardiac and non-cardiac patient populations.
Promotion of the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the cardiological clinical setting.
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Luc Vanhees
Luc Vanhees, one of the co-founders of the association, was the first chair of the section ‘Exercise Physiology and served for 4 years as secretary of the EACPR. He is full professor at the University Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) in the department Rehabilitation Sciences, wherein he was the chairman from 2004-2012. He is also holder of the faculty chair ‘Lifestyle and Health’ at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands, (2002-2014). His area of expertise lies is the broad area of clinical exercise physiology in cardiovascular prevention and pathology.

Cardiovascular epidemiology, prevention and population science:

Pedro Marques-Vidal
Secretary, EACPR Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section
Deputy chair, EACPR Science Committee
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland

Eva Prescott
Chair EACPR Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section
Professor, Department of Cardiology, Bispebjerg University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Research and publications in the field of prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. Member of the steering committee for the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Member of the 5th Joint European Societies’ Taskforce on Cardiovascular Prevention in Clinical Practice which has published the 2012 European Guidelines on CVD Prevention and co-author of the 2013 ESC guidelines on the management of stable coronary artery disease.
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Grethe S. Tell
Past-Chair, EACPR Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section
Member of Congress Programme Committee
Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, and Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Bergen, Norway.

Guy de Backer
Honorary Professor, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
From 1988 onwards he was professor of medicine at Ghent University chairing the Department of Public Health from 1989-2009 and the Cardiac Rehabilitation center of the University Hospital from 1983-2009. Author or co-author of 413 publications in journals cited in SCI, SSCI or AHCI, 120 papers in other journals and more than 40 chapters in books.
Member and the past-chairman (1996-2009) of the Superior Health Council in Belgium  and member and the past-president (2007-2010)  of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.

Helmut Gohlke
Medical studies in Bonn,   Innsbruck and Vienna/Austria, and Munich/Germany, Internal medicine and Cardiology training at Loyola University in Chicago/USA with ABIM in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, cardiologist at the Rehabilitations-Zentrum Bad Krozingen. Chairman of the task force on prevention of the German Cardiac Society since 1998 and board member of the Deutsche Herzstiftung since 1999. Board member of the “Task Force Non Smoking” (Aktionsbündnis Nichtrauchen e.V.- 2010). Member of the 5th ESC Task Force Prevention of CVD; Translation of ESC-Pocket-Guidelines in German; publications on prevention and rehabilitation.

Joep Perk
Senior professor of Health Sciences at   Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
Clinical cardiologist with specific interest in the role of lifestyle on cardiovascular disease in all age groups.
Research and publications in the field of prevention and cardiac rehabilitation. One of the founders of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), a daughter branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Chairman of the Joint European Societies’ Taskforce on Cardiovascular Prevention in Clinical Practice which has published the 2012 European Guidelines on CVD Prevention. Chairman of the Prevention Implementation Committee of the EACPR. Editor of the Eur J of Preventive Cardiology, member of the ESC press committee. Annual assignments in tropical medicine, Zambia.

Torben Jørgensen
Consultant, EACPR Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section
Professor in prevention and health promotion at University of Copenhagen and Aalborg.
Head of Research Centre for Prevention and Health.

Cardiac rehabilitation:

Hugo Saner
Member EACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Section
Position: Prof. emer., University Clinic for Cardiology, Inselspital Bern, Switzerland
Professional tasks: Research, innovations and international contacts
Past president EACPR, senior editor European Journal for Preventive Cardiology, past director EACPR Research Methods Training Courses
Guest professor: Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. University of Timisoara, Romania. First Moscow State Medical University I.N. Sechenov, Moscow, Russia.
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Miguel Mendes
Head of Cardiology Department at West Lisbon Hospital Centre (Lisbon/Portugal), invited Professor of Cardiology at Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Lisboa, coordinator of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of Instituto do Coração (phases 2-3), Carnaxide/Portugal and medical coordinator of the Clube Coronário de Lisboa (phase 3), Faculty of Human Motricity, Cruz Quebrada/Portugal.
President elected of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (2013-15).
Previous jobs
Chairperson of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (2005-07), secretary of nucleus of the ESC Working Group on Cardiac Reabilitaion and Exercise Physiology (2001-2005), coordenator fo Study Group on Exercise Physiopathology and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology, from 1995-1999 and 2003-2007).
Main fields of interest
Clinical (CAD and Heart Failure) and Preventive Cardiology
Exercise Physiology and Stress Tests (Classic and Cardiopulmonary) Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Werner Benzer
MD, Assoc. Prof., FESC, Member EACPR, Cardiac Rehabilitation Section
Project Coordinator of the European Cardiac Rehabilitation Database (EuroCaReD)
Past- Chairman of the Austrian Working Group for Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Medical Director of the Department of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Disease Management Centre , Academic Hospital, Feldkirch, Austria
Visiting Professor for Exercise Therapy in Chronic Diseases at the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
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Massimo Piepoli
Chief, Heart Failure Unit, Cardiology Department Guglielmo da Saliceto, Polichirurgico Hospital
Cantone del Cristo, I, Piacenza (IT)
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Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens
Prof. Birna Bjarnason- Wehrens is an expert in exercise trainings and exercised based intervention in patient with various cardiovascular risk factors and diseases and has in the last 10 years been member national and European writings groups for recommendations and position papers in this field.
Present functions
Associated Professor at the Institute for Cardiology and Sports Medicine GSU Cologne, since 2008 as deputy head of the Institutes department of preventive and rehabilitative exercise and sports medicine, Responsible for the cardiac rehabilitation and cardiovascular prevention programs performed at the Institute, Responsible for the educational programs in the field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation within the University, Since 2002 Associated Editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (former European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation).

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Sports cardiology:

Mats Borjesson
Nucleus member, EACPR Sports Cardiology Section
Specialist in Internal Medicine, Pain and Cardiology; PhD Cardiology 1999; Full Professor 2011, Astrand laboratory, School of Sport and Health Sciences & Department of Cardiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Chairman, section of Sports Cardiology, EACPR, 2008-10; Chairman for the Swedish Society of Sports Medicine, 2013-; Vice chairman of the Swedish Society of Cardiology, 2014-; Chairman of Task Force on Physical activity in WHO/Health Promoting Hospitals network, 2012- ; Vice-chairman the Medical Committee of the Swedish Football Association, 2010-; Member of the scientific committee of the European Federation for Sports Med Assoc (EFSMA), 2014-; Member of the IOC (ad-hoc) working group for Non-communicable diseases, 2013-.
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Josef Niebauer
Nucleus member, EACPR Sports Cardiology Section, EACPR Science Committee.
Medical director and university chair of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation, and Research Institute of Molecular Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Institute of Sports Medicine of the State of Salzburg, Sports Medicine of the Olympic Center Salzburg-Rif.
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François Carre