Prof. Barbara Casadei is a British Heart Foundation Professor and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She is also the President of the European Society of Cardiology.
After graduating in Medicine at the University of Pavia in Italy, Prof. Barbara Casadei went on to a tenure-track training post in the University Department of Medicine in Varese, Italy at which point she moved to Oxford to further her clinical and research training. As an outstanding leader in the field of cardiovascular medicine, she has been invited to give many keynote lectures and received several awards.
Prof. Barbara Casadei is a passionate supporter of the career of women in science, both locally and within the ESC, placing a lot of effort on establishing initiatives aimed at supporting the career of young clinicians and scientists across Europe.
Prof. Casadei’s research focus is in understanding the cellular triggers and substrates of common cardiovascular diseases, such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
Her research program links cell-based studies in human heart tissue to animal models of human diseases and patient-based investigations. This has proved to be an efficient way of testing hypotheses and identifying new disease causes which can then target therapeutically in clinical trials.