Jolanda Van Der Velden

Chair, Department for Physiology, VU University Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jolanda van der Velden, PhD, is chair of the Department for Physiology at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, and director of the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences Institute together with Mat Daemen (Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam). Since 2012 van der Velden is professor of the Netherlands Heart Institute. The main research interest of the van der Velden group is to study the role of sarcomeric proteins in cardiac performance for which specific protein analyses and functional assays have been designed. As mutations in sarcomeric proteins are a frequent cause of heart disease at young age, research on this topic was initiated with funding from European and prestigious national grants. The national CVON-consortium (DOSIS) funded by the Netherlands Heart Foundation aims to study genetic and environmental effects in cardiomyopathy development. The translational research projects help to build sufficient proof to initiate clinical trials to prevent disease at an early stage of cardiomyopathy. In 2017 van der Velden received the Outstanding Investigator Award of the International Society for Heart Research.

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