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12.04. - 14.04.2007

73. Jahrestagung

der deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie in Mannheim

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09.12. - 12.12.2006

ASH 2006 in Orlando/Florida

48th Annual Meeting and Exposition of Hematology

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20.04. - 22.04.2006

72. Jahrestagung

der deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie in Mannheim

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12.05. - 13.05.2006

5. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung in Ludwigshafen

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02.09. - 06.09.2006

World Congress of Cardiology in Barcelona/Spain

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2nd Networkmeeting

Herz-Kreislauf-Meeting in Heidelberg


05.10. - 07.10.2006

30. Herbsttagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie in Nürnberg

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13.11. - 16.11.2006

Scientific sessions Am. Heart Ass. 2006

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15.11. - 18.11.2006

Medica in Düsseldorf

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22.11. - 24.11.2006

Hypertonie 2006 in München

30. wissenschaftl. Kongress der Deutschen Hochdruckliga

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25.11. - 26.11.2006

NGFN Projektleiter Treffen in Heidelberg





02.12. - 03.12.2005

1st Networkmeeting

Herz-Kreislauf-Meeting in Heidelberg


23.11. - 25.11 2005

29. Wissenschaftlicher Kongress - Hypertonie 2005 in Berlin

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19.11. - 20.11.2005

NGFN ProjektleiterTreffen in Bonn


13.11. - 16.11.2005

Scientific sessions Am. Heart Ass. 2005

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06.10. - 08.10.2005

29. Herbsttagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie in Dresden

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04.09. - 07.09.2005

ESC Congress 2005 (Stockholm, Schweden)

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03.06. - 04.06.2005


Genetics of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease

in Regensburg

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Tag der offenen Tür Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg Innere Medizin

10:00 - 17:00 Uhr

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31.03. - 02.04.2005

Frühjahrstagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie in Mannheim

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Pressekonferenz des Herz-Kreislauf-Netzes mit den kardiologischen

Kompetenznetzen anlässlich der Frühjahrstagung der DGK in Mannheim


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Prof. Dr. Hugo Katus

Speaker and Coordinator


Prof. Dr. Hugo A. Katus


University of Heidelberg

Internal Medicine III / Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonary Medicine

Im Neuenheimer Feld 410

69120 Heidelberg

email:  sekretariat_katus@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Phone: 06221-56 8670



Cardiovascular diseases are by far the most frequent causes of death in the western developed countries. Because of the successful  fight against other causes of death (e.g. infections or malnutrition) in the future much more people will die of cardiovascular diseases.


It is well known that risk factors like smoking, obesity, reduced activity, and high cholesterol promote the development of severe cardiovascular disease. But not all smokers or obese persons actually will be taken ill. On the other hand we sometimes see even young sportsmen with a healthy life style who have never smoked any cigarette but nevertheless suffering from a severe heart failure or myocardial infarction, undergoing heart transplantation and sometimes finally dieing. These cases clearly show that a hereditary disposition must be seen a significant risk factors in cardiovascular diseases. The heritability can be especially proved in affected families, when tragically one family member after another falls ill from a certain cardiovascular disease.


Unveiling the genetic causes and molecular pathways from the level of the genes up to the clinical phenotype can only be achieved by interdisciplinary research. To reach this final destination is the common goal of German researchers from clinical and basic working groups within the Herz-Kreislauf-Netz (“cardiovascular disease network”) as part of the (“Nationales Genomforschungsnetz”). Relevant genes or “candidate genes” will be identified by population genetic analysis and functionally verified in animal models (mouse, zebra fish). A therapeutic intervention could be a molecular repair of the affected genes.