Prof. Dr. Folkert W. Asselbergs is professor in cardiovascular genetics and consultant cardiologist at the department of Cardiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Prof of Precision medicine at the Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Institute of Health Informatics, University College London, Manager Research Center for Circulatory Health, UMC Utrecht, and chair data infrastructure Dutch Cardiovascular Alliance (www.dcvalliane.nl). Professor Asselbergs published more than 300 scientific papers in the field of cardiovascular disease and his work has been funded by the Netherlands Heart Foundation, Netherlands Heart Institute, British Heart Foundation, leDucq Foundation, EU FP7, European Society of Cardiology, BBMRI, National Institutes of Health, Innovative Medicines Initiative, European Research Area Network on Cardiovascular Diseases and ZonMw.
His research program in complex genetics focuses on the discovery of genes influencing susceptibility to cardiovascular disease; the application of these findings for the validation of drug targets; and the use of genetic tests for treatment targeting (stratified medicine). Prof Asselbergs is member of a large number of consortia and (co-) founded several consortia of which igenetrain (www.igenetrain.net), and genius-chd (www.genius-chd.org) are the most prominent and recent ones. In line with his scientific work, Dr Asselbergs aims to facilitate collaboration at an international level through his work at Dutch Cardiovascular Alliance and as Chair of Internationalisation committee at UMC Utrecht.Clara van Karnebeek, MD PhD FCCMGworks as principal investigator and pediatrician-biochemical geneticist in the Amsterdam University Medical Centres, The Netherlands. She is affiliated as Associate Professor with the University of British Columbia.