DGJM 2024

The 21st Dutch German Joint Meeting of the Molecular Cardiology Working Groups (DGJM) is scheduled to take place at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), The Netherlands, from March 14th to 16th, 2024.

Focus on cardiac disease mechanisms and tailored therapies

In the coming decades, we anticipate significant advancements in cardiac disease therapy, particularly in the treatment of heart failure. These advancements will shift from a one-size-fits-all approach to more personalized and tailored therapies. The recent recognition that heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) necessitates different therapeutic strategies compared to heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) serves as an excellent example of the evolving landscape of treatment.

Consequently, our focus will be on exploring the diverse underlying causes of cardiac diseases, such as metabolic factors, inflammation, atherosclerosis and genetic predispositions, which contribute to the development of specific forms of cardiac disease. Additionally, we will address the growing importance of sex differences in both research and treatment, acknowledging that males and females may benefit from more tailored approaches.

Our central theme will revolve around in-depth discussions of disease mechanisms specific to cardiac conditions and the identification of novel therapeutic strategies. By delving into these topics, we aim to contribute to the advancement of tailored therapies that offer improved outcomes for patients with cardiac diseases.

Our aims:

To advance our understanding of cardiac disease and discuss disease-specific mechanisms;
To facilitate in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas regarding novel therapeutic strategies for cardiac diseases;
To establish a dynamic platform for collaboration and interaction among basic, translational, and clinical scientists in the field of cardiovascular research;
To foster the participation of young scientists, encouraging them to present their latest findings and fostering meaningful interactions with their peers and distinguished senior professionals.
DGJM organizing committee Groningen:

Herman Silljé
Peter van der Meer
Daan Westenbrink
Marit Westerterp
Nils Bömer
Laura Meems
Danielle Groenhagen


DGJM advice and program committee:

Daniel Pijnappels (Leiden)
Sophie van Linthout (Berlin)
Monika Gladka (Amsterdam)
Rabea Hinkel (Göttingen)
Miranda Nabben (Maastricht)
Mirko Völkers (Heidelberg)