The Myocarditis Foundation Welcomes Previous Fellowship Grant Recipient to the Medical Advisory Board!
Dr. Bettina Heidecker, the 2007 Myocarditis Foundation Fellowship Grant recipient, has just been appointed to the Myocarditis Foundation Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Heidecker’s title of her research at that time was: “Gene Expression Profiling for Detection of Myocarditis.”
Since that time, Dr. Heidecker, has worked with Dr. Joshua Hare at the University of Miami Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator, (2007-2009) studying transcriptomic biomarkers for new onset heart failure and to further develop the diagnostic biomarker for myocarditis.
Dr. Heidecker also completed her residency training at the University of Miami in Internal Medicine (2009-2012) as well as a Cardiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (2012-2015) while continuing her research in myocarditis.
Dr. Heidecker served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Heart Genomics, LLC, a company that her preceptor, Dr. Joshua Hare founded. Her goal is to develop improved diagnostic accuracy in myocarditis by analyzing heart biopsies and blood samples of patients with myocarditis and to get a better understanding of the pathophysiology of this common disease She has also been an International Lecturer in Cardiology for the Aston Medical School in Birmingham, UK since 2014.
Dr. Heidecker has returned to her homeland of Austria in September 2015 and is now a non-invasive cardiologist at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she teaches students and fellows early recognition of myocarditis. Furthermore, she established a specialty clinic for myocarditis and is planning to start enrolling patients soon for at least two clinical studies in the field of myocarditis.
Her professional memberships include:
European Society of Cardiology: Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases
European Acute Cardiovascular Care Association
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
American Society of Echocardiography
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin
Dr. Heidecker has had many published articles in her field of research and has always been a supporter of the Myocarditis Foundation. She expressed in a 2015 European Heart Journal article that the Myocarditis Foundation was especially helpful for her, through its financial support and the mentorship of Drs. Leslie Cooper and DeLisa Fairweather.
We look forward to our continued association with her and utilizing her impressive achievements to help direct our future research initiatives.
Welcome Dr. Heidecker!