Lifetime achievement award Prof. Walter Paulus

Walter Paulus has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Professor of Physiology at the VUmc’s Institute for Cardiovascular Research, Prof. Paulus is also Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Netherlands Heart Institute and coordinated the European Commission FP7 Health Large Collaborative Project on Diastolic Heart Failure (MEDIA). His HFA Lifetime Achievement Award is well deserved.

Under his keen eye, the group at VUmc has been instrumental in furthering understanding of the pathophysiology of diastolic heart failure. “This has been my main area of research ever since my early days as a cardiology fellow at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. My mentor, Professor Bill Grossman, was one of only a few at that time to recognise the importance of diastolic function to the global performance of the heart,” Prof. Paulus explains. “I am incredibly proud of the contributions we have made in this area,” he continues.

“By studying biopsy material from diastolic heart failure patients we discovered a cascade of physiological derangements that led us to construct a novel, integrated view of the processes involved in diastolic heart failure,” he says, concluding, “This definitely represents my most notable research achievement.”

Source: ESC website