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Professor Dr.med. Dr.h.c.
Institute for Pathophysiology, West German Heart and Vascular Center, Univ. Essen
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Curriculum vitae of Professor Dr.med. Dr.h.c. Gerd Heusch, FACC, FESC, FRCP
Born 1955 in Bonn, Germany, Gerd Heusch studied medicine at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Bonn, where he obtained his MD in 1980. From 1980 to 1085 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Düsseldorf, where he obtained his PhD in 1985. From 1985 to 1986 he worked as a research cardiologist at the University of California, San Diego under supervision by Dr. John Ross Jr. After his return to Germany he was awarded a Heisenberg scholarship by the German Research Foundation with which he worked in the Departments of Physiology and Cardiology under supervision by Prof. Franz Loogen in Düsseldorf. In 1989 he was appointed professor and chair of the Institute for Pathophysiology at the University of Essen, a position which he holds up to now. From 1999 to 2000 he spent a sabbatical in the Department of Physiology at the University of Southern Alabama, Mobile with Dr. Jim Downey, and he is adjunct professor there since. Gerd Heusch´s major research interests are the control of coronary blood flow, myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and cardioprotective strategies. He has been a president of the German Cardiac Society 2007- 2009 and the European Section of the International Society for Heart Research 2002-2005. In 2012 he was awarded the William Harvey Lecture and Silver Medal of the European Society of Cardiology, in 2017 the Carl Ludwig award of the German Cardiac Society and the Carl Wiggers award of the American Physiological Society. He is editor of Basic Research in Cardiology since 1992, Senior Consulting Editor of Circulation Research, International Advisor and Section Editor, Basic Science of the Journal of the American College of Cardioloy and a member of the editorial board of a number of other prestigious journals.