Emile Nyns has won the Young Investigator Award (YIA) for his abstract entitled "Autogenous termination of atrial fibrillation by local optogenetic gene therapy". He presented his work during the Young Investigator Award (YIA) Basic Science session at the annual meeting of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). In fact, we are part of this YIA session for 7 consecutive meetings now and we aim for many more.
In addition, his work is highlighted in a press release by the ESC: "Study finds the heart can terminate atrial fibrillation itself after local gene therapy".
More good news, Claire Glashan, a MD-PhD student working with Katja Zeppenfeld, has won the YIA for clinical science! She presented her abstract entitled "Whole human heart histology to evaluate the performance of bipolar and unipolar voltage mapping in the detection of fibrosis in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and ventricular tachycardia", which has just been accepted for publication in the European Heart Journal. Moreover, Micaela Ebert has received the 2nd prize in this session for her abstract "The impact of genetic mutations on ventricular tachycardia substrate types and ablation outcome in patients with non ischemic cardiomyopathy".
Congratulations to all!
Emile's work is supported by NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: Vidi grant) and the ERC (European Research Council: Starting grant).