Our research is and has always been clinically-oriented and focused on atrial fibrillation. Patients are the centerpiece of our studies and are invited to take part on them, not only in our center but also in other partner centers. Patients are also invited to participate in advice and user committees of our studies.


A better quality of life for our patients

Our research includes diverse areas of study,

  • starting from exploring the underlying causes of the arrhythmia,
  • the individual’s genetic background, the circulating biomarkers and interactions that occur in every patient;
  • towards more complex and clinical approaches trying to integrate mechanistic informatics to a personalized treatment for people at risk or with atrial fibrillation.

We increasingly focus on the interaction between atrial fibrillation and heart failure, especially heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction.

Our aim is to unravel all that is yet to be known about atrial fibrillation, in order to attain a better understanding of the condition; to be able to act by preventing cardiovascular outcomes or consequences derived from atrial fibrillation (e.g. stroke and heart failure) and to achieve a better quality of life for our patients.


Isabelle van Gelder
Isabelle van Gelder Professor of Cardiology

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Department of Cardiology
Postbus 30.001
9700 RB Groningen
The Netherlands

Visiting address
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Department of Cardiology
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen