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International Symposium on ARVC

9:00-18:00 h, Hotel Belvoir, Rüschlikon
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Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the third international symposium on Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathies (ARVC) to be held in Rüschlikon, a suburb of the city of Zurich in Switzerland on September 22, 2016.

Five years after the foundation of our Zurich ARVC Program we are pleased to convene on this special occasion about that very important topic. About 3500 Swiss inhabitants are affected by ARVC requiring a life-long follow-up. The disease usually manifests at a very young age with sometimes dramatic consequences but is very often underdiagnosed and underestimated.

Fortunately, in recent years the overall awareness has been increased and tremendous improvements have been achieved. We are very excited to welcome to this symposium a great number of international key opinion leaders and a very distinguished national faculty to share with you cutting edge knowledge and future perspectives on this challenging disease.

The first session is dedicated to the different diagnostic modalities of this very heterogeneous and difficult-to-diagnose disease, followed by a practical session with discussion on tips and tricks about interpreting results, correctly making the diagnosis and initiating the optimal therapy. The afternoon starts with a session on the various parameters of risk stratification and the different treatment options. In the last session ongoing projects of our Zurich ARVC Program will be presented. Thereafter, we will get a historical insight on ARVC – from the early days in the 70s until today. This excursion to the past will be followed by the award ceremony with the announcement and the presentations of the ARVC research prize winners. It is the second time that this ARVC research will be awarded – as a novelty there will be now two prizes: one for basic science and one for clinical science ARVC research.

The main focus of this symposium is to create awareness for and to broaden knowledge on this underestimated disease, to get updated on state-of-the-art practice and the latest insights of research. The symposium is created for a broad range of audience: family physicians, internists, cardiologists, pediatricians, geneticists, imaging specialists but also interested patients and their family members are most welcome.

We look very much forward to seeing you in Rüschlikon and spending a stimulating day with you filled with new insights and important take-home messages.

Firat Duru, M. D.
Professor of Cardiology
University Hospital Zurich

Corinna Brunckhorst, M. D.
Professor of Cardiology
University Hospital Zurich

Ruth Amstein, PhD.
Director Education
Foundation for Cardiovascular Research
University Hospital Zurich



Session 1: New Insights into Diagnosis

Chairs: F. Duru, Zurich and F. I. Marcus, Arizona

Time Lecture Speaker
09:00 Welcome F. Duru, C. Brunckhorst, Zurich
09:05 Opening remarks T. F. Lüscher, Zurich
09:10 What’s new in clinical diagnostics? J. J. Bax, Leiden
09:35 What’s new in imaging J. J. Bax, Leiden
10:00 What’s new in genetics? J.P. van Tintelen, Amsterdam
10:25 What’s new in molecular biology? M. Delmar, New York
10:50 What’s new in stem cell research? HS V. Chen, La Jolla
11:15-11:45 Coffee  

Session 2: Challenging ARVC Cases
How to approach ARVC – Implementation in my daily practice

Chairs:  H. Calkins, Baltimore, and J. J Bax, Leiden

Time Lecture Speaker
11:45 Case I: Practical approach to ECG diagnosis T. Reichlin, Basel
11:55 Case II: Practical approach to imaging diagnosis F.C. Tanner, Zurich
12:05 Case III: Practical approach to genetic diagnosis A. Medeiros, Berne
12:15 Case IV: Practical approach to therapy L. Haegeli, Zurich
12:25-13:30 Lunch Break  

Session 3: New Insights into Risk Stratification and Therapy

Chairs: C. Brunckhorst, Zurich and Kappenberger, Lausanne

Time Lecture Speaker
13:30 What’s important in risk stratification? D. Corrado, Padova
13:55 What’s important in medical therapy? L. Fabritz, Birmingham
14:20 What’s important in device therapy? C. Semsarian, Syndey
14:45 What’s important in ablation therapy? H. Calkins, Baltimore
15:10 What’s important in pediatric patients? R. Hamilton, Toronto
15:35-16:00 Coffee  

Session 4: ARVC/D Basic Science and Clinical Science Research Prize Ceremony

Moderation: C. Brunckhorst and F. Duru, Zurich

Time Lecture Speaker
16:00 Musical opening – Musici Volanti  
16:20 Ongoing Projects Zurich ARVC Program A. Saguner and D. Akdis, Zurich
16:40 Milestones of ARVC research:
From the early days to today’s Research Prize
R. Hauer, Utrecht
17:00 Introduction to the ARVC Research Prize F. Duru, C. Brunckhorst
  Award: Basic Science Research Prize L. Kappenberger, Lausanne
  Award: Clinical Science Research Prize F. I. Marcus, Arizona
17:30 Presentation of the Basic Science Prize Awardee A. Leo-Macias, New York
17:45 Presentation of the Clinical Science Prize Awardee A. Bhonsale, Baltimore
  Closing remarks F. Duru and C. Brunckhorst
18:00 Aperitif  

Programme Directors: Corinna Brunckhorst and Firat Duru, Zurich
Scientific Coordinator: Ruth Amstein, Zurich


International Faculty

Jeroen J. Bax, M. D., Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherland
Hugh Calkins, M. D., Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical Center, Baltimore, USA
HS Vincent Chen, M. D., Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, USA
Domenico Corrado, M. D., University of Padova Medical School, Padova, Italy
Mario Delmar, M. D., New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA
Larissa Fabritz, M. D., Inst. of Cardiovasc. Sciences, University of Birmingham, GB
Guy Fontaine, M. D., La Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France
Robert Hamilton, M. D., Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, CA
Richard Hauer, M. D., University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands
Frank I. Marcus, M. D., University of Arizona, Sarver Heart Center, Tucson, USA
Chris Semsarian, M. D., Centenary Institute, The University of Sydney, Australia
J. Peter van Tintelen, M. D., University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands

Swiss Faculty

Christoph Hock, M. D., University of Zurich, Switzerland
Lukas Kappenberger, M. D., University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland
Argelia Medeiros, M. D., Inselspital, University Hospital, Berne, Switzerland
Tobias Reichlin, M. D., University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Gregor Zünd, M. D., University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Local Team

Deniz Akdis, M. D., University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Corinna Brunckhorst, M. D., University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Firat Duru, M. D., University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Laurent Haegeli, M. D., University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas F. Lüscher, M. D., University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Ardan Saguner, M. D., University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Felix C. Tanner, M. D., University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland


Organisation & Registration

Zurich Heart House
Foundation for Cardiovascular Research
Ruth Amstein, PhD, (
Esther Willi (
Moussonstr. 4, CH-8091 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 250 40 83
Fax +41 (0)44  250 40 90

Hotel Belvoir, Saal Belvoir
Rüschlikon, Switzerland
Säumerstr. 37, 8803 Rüschlikon
Phone +41 44 723 88 83

Registrations have to be submitted online: Register now!
Registration fee CHF 150.– (including scientific programme, coffee breaks and lunch).
Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Onsite payment (cash only) CHF 170.–.

Official Dinner
Boat trip on the Lake of Zurich and official dinner at the Restaurant Zunfthaus zur Waage in Zurich, starting at 19.15 h, Costs: CHF 100.– including boat trip, meal and beverages.

Cancellations must be notified in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail) to Zurich Heart House. In case of cancellation up to September 1, 2016, deposits will be refunded less 35% for administrative costs. After this date, no refund will be possible.

Methods of Payment
The fee should be paid in Swiss Francs (CHF) and settled either by:

  • Credit card VISA or Eurocard / Mastercard
  • Bank transfer to: Account No. 0225-830321.05W, IBAN: CH520022522583032105W,

SWIFT: UBSWCHZH80A, UBS Switzerland AG, CH-8098 Zurich

Contact: Esther Willi (

Travel Information

Travel by car
Take freeway A3 from the center of Zurich in the direction of Chur, exit Thalwil/Rüschlikon, drive 800 meters, take the second exit on the traffic circle entering Eggstrasse in the direction of Kilchberg, Adliswil, Rüschlikon, drive 550 meters and take the first exit of the circle, exiting to the right entering Feldimoosstrasse.

Travel by public transportation
Take the S-Bahn train (S8 or S24) at the Zurich main train station and ride to the Rüschlikon train station. There change to bus 164 and get off at the bus stop «Belvoir».

Travel from the airport
Take the train to Thalwil (S-Bahn train S2 or Intercity) and there change to the hotel bus (available upon prior request) or Change in the Zurich main train station and take the S-Bahn train (S8 or S24) to Rüschlikon. There change to bus 164 and ride directly to the Hotel Belvoir, bus stop «Belvoir».


The Symposium is recognised by the following medical societies as accredited continuing education:

Swiss Society of Cardiology
(6.5 CME Credits category 1A)

Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine
(6.5 CME Credits category 1A)