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The Young Investigator Award with an associated prize of € 6,500 is given to individuals, whose research reflects new and relevant work in basic or clinical research in cardiology.

Past winners


Basic Science: Isabel Witvrouwen, UZ Antwerp
Micrornas as predictors for exercise response in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction

Clinical Science: Simon Calle, UZ Ghent
A strain-based staging classification of left bundle branch block-induced cardiac remodeling


Basic Science: Sander Trenson, UZ Leuven
Cardiac Microvascular Endothelial Cells in Pressure Overload-induced Heart Disease

Clinical Science: Jürgen Duchenne, UZ Leuven
Acute re-distribution of regional left ventricular work by cardiac resynchronization therapy 


Basic Science: Kautbally Shakeel
Platelet acetyl-CoA carboxylase phosphorylation: a risk stratification marker evidencing platelet-lipid interplay in CAD patients


Clinical Science


Basic Science


Clinical Science


Basic Science: Peter Haemers


Clinical Science


Basic Science: Guido Claessen
Right ventricular fatigue developing during endurance exercise: a real-time exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging study 2012 Clinical Science


Basic Science: Ward Heggermont, KU Leuven
Micro-RNA 146a: a new kid on the block in the pathophysiology of cardiac hypertension, and an interesting therapeutic target


Clinical Science: Alexandre Van De Bruaene, KU Leuven
Iron deficiency in patients with Eisenmenger’s syndrome: does it affect outcome, is oral anticoagulation involved and can there be too


Basic Science: Jozef Van Herck, UZ Antwerpen
Impaired elastin function promotes features of plaque instability in ApoE-deficient mice


Clinical Science: An Van Berendoncks, UZ Antwerpen
Circulating adiponectin levels in patients with chronic heart failure. The effect of exercise training


Basic Science: Pieter-Jan Guns, UZ Antwerpen
Paraoxonase 1 gene transfer lowers vascular oxidative stress and improves endothelial cell function in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice with pre-existing atherosclerosis


Clinical Science: Johan Saenen, UZ Antwerpen
Multi-level study of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the Long QT Syndrome



Katrien Lemmens


Stefan Heymans


Christophe Beauloye

The Doctor Léon Dumont Prize of €40,000 is awarded every two years to an European researcher in cardiovascular medicine for clinical and experimental research projects. 

Past winners


Luc Bertrand – UCLouvain
Importance of protein O-GlcNAcylation in cardiac hypertrophy development

Sandrine Horman – UCLouvain
Limiting platelet lipid synthesis: a defense mechanism against atherothrombosis in coronary artery disease

The prize is awarded to non-commercial projects for basic research in the field of cardiovascular pathology. This research encompasses scientific disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology and their interplay, and involves laboratory studies with cell cultures, animal studies or physiological experiments. Patients are not in the centre of the study but biological samples (e.g. blood) can be used for this purpose.

Past winners


Jolanda van Hengel, UGhent
Generation and characterization of three novel induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte lines as a model to study the pathophysiological mechanisms of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy


An Zwijsen – KU Leuven Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Center for Molecular and Vascular Biology (CMVB)
Contribution of BMP-SMAD regulated biogenesis of microRNAs in organ-specific functions  of lymphatic endothelium


Alaerts Maaike – UZ Antwerp
Promising novel approach to Brugada syndrome research: identification of genetic modifiers using genome and transcriptome analysis in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte model

The prize is awarded to non-commercial projects for clinical research in the field of cardiovascular pathology. The research must be centred on the patients and aimed to determine the role of medication, intervention, diagnosis, symptoms or prevention in the physiological or pathological processes of the cardiovascular system.

Past winners


Henri Gruwez, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
SURGICAL-AF 2 study: The clinical impact of remote heart rhythm monitoring by photoplethysmography-based smartphone technology in the rehabilitation after cardiac surgery: A randomized, open-label, multicenter, pragmatic clinical trial


An Van Berendoncks – Antwerp University Hospital  
Prevention of recurrence of hypertensive pregnancy disorders in women with active desire for pregnancy, a randomized controlled trial: a smartphone-based aerobic exercise training program during pregnancy versus usual care


Christophe Vandenbriele – KU Leuven
Mechanical circulatory support: a complex process of thrombosis and haemostasis

The prize is awarded to non-commercial projects in the field of cardio-oncology. The research can be centred on basic insights in cardio-oncology or cover broad aspects related to the clinical practice.

Past winners


Gilles De Keulenaer, Antwerp University
Cardiovascular disease and cancer are linked through the NRG1/ERBB3 signaling system


Emeline Van Craenenbroeck – UZ Antwerp
Discovering the role of titin (TTN) in anthracycline-induced cardiac dysfunction in breast cancer.

The call is made for the first time and concerns non-commercial research projects in the field of sports cardiology and in the field of sudden cardiac death related to physical activities. The research can be centred on basic insights, or cover broad aspects related to the clinical practice.

Past winners


An Van Berendoncks, UZ Antwerp
Supervised home-based combined endurance resistance exercise training programme in asymptomatic adult patients with congenital heart disease. A prospective randomised-controlled trial to evaluate effectiveness, safety and quality of life