Center for Translational and Experimental Cardiology (CTEC)

The Center for Translational and Experimental Cardiology (CTEC) was established to promote a comprehensive program of basic and translational research in the field of cardiovascular disease.

The growing burden of cardiovascular disease is due to an inadequate understanding of the underlying mechanisms and factors that trigger its development. The mission of the CTEC is to support interdisciplinary research in basic, translational and clinical cardiovascular sciences, including heart failure, cardiomyopathies, cardiac arrhythmias, genetics, epigenetics and immunity, and to use this knowledge to develop innovative therapies and approaches.

The goals of the CTEC are:

  • To create a forward-looking and collaborative environment in which scientists and cardiologists can work together to achieve common goals in cardiovascular care;
  • Supporting basic and translational research that can be translated into therapies and improve patient care;
  • Dissemination of knowledge through lectures, seminars, special mentoring programs for translational cardiology and other educational opportunities;
  • Promotion of multidisciplinary research in the laboratories and departments of the University of Zurich and in collaboration with external institutions;
  • Helping researchers develop a plan for translating research findings into effective cardiovascular therapies

Name of the different research groups:

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Contact

CTEC
Wagistrasse 12 (4th floor)
8952 Schlieren

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Research group

CTEC Chairman

Frank Ruschitzka, Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 21 21
Specialties: Heart failure, Heart transplantation

CTEC Director

Francesco Paneni, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 32 53
Specialties: Type 2 diabetes, Obesity, Molecular and translational research (cardiovascular epigenetics)

Group Leaders

Firat Duru, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 20 99
Specialties: Interventional electrophysiology, Catheter ablation, Device Therapy

Andreas Flammer, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 83 08
Specialties: Head of heart failure and heart transplantation, Head of Assist-Devices Consultation, Co-Head of the Amyloidosis Network Zurich

Bernhard Haubner, Ph.D., Dr. med. univ.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 254 08 15

Philipp Jakob, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 94 38
Specialties: Complex catheter-based coronary interventions/rotablation, Persistent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial appendage occlusion

Christian Matter, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 38 71
Specialties: Echocardiography, Cardio-oncology, Translational research

Felix Tanner, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Vice Director of Department, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 79 40

Christian Templin, Prof. Dr. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 95 85
Specialties: Complex coronary interventions, Acute coronary syndrome incl. Cardiogenic shock with cardiac support system (Impella), Transcatheter valve interventions

Ardan M. Saguner, PD Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 78 85
Specialties: Catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, Cardiac devicetherapy, Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies and ion channel diseases

Isabella Sudano, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 58 41
Specialties: Arterial hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Tobacco/nicotine cessation

Team Members

Corinna Isabel Beatrice Brunckhorst, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 20 99
Specialties: Electrophysiology, Catheter ablation, Device Therapy

Alessandro Candreva, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 08 23
Specialties: Coronary interventions, Intracoronary physiology, Clinical research

Martin Geiger

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Department of Cardiology

Matthias Philip Nägele, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 50 97
Specialties: Heart failure, Heart transplantation, Endomyocardial biopsy

Dörthe Schmidt, PD Dr. Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 11 11
Specialties: Peri-/myocarditis, Hypertension, Cardiovascular regenerative medicine

CTEC Management

Alexandra Stettler

Department Manager, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 39 79