Dear colleagues,

We warmly welcome you to the 2019 edition of Cardiac Physiome in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Situated in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, Maastricht is located in the heart of Europe and the Euregion Meuse –Rhine. The city is only a short distance from both the Belgian and the German border, and cities such as Liege, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Brussels are very near. Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands, but its university is the youngest and most international one, with 17 000 students from more than 120 different countries. Being the gastronomic capital of the Netherlands, the city also offers everything from Michelin-starred establishments to traditional, small local restaurants and pubs offering hospitality and quality food for every budget.

One thing that we think you should know is that you will be in Maastricht during a very special time of the year. Every year, the Dutch celebrate the birthday of Sinterklaas, the patron saint of children, on 5-6 December. Please find more information about this typical Dutch tradition here. Who knows? Perhaps Sinterklaas will treat you well during Cardiac Physiome 2019.

For those of you arriving on Wednesday December 4th, we invite you for registration to the conference and for an informal drink and get-together in Café Zuid (click here to find out where this is) on Wednesday evening at 8pm. Registration is also possible on Thursday and Friday mornings at the conference venue.

On Thursday and Friday, we welcome you at our conference venue Crowne Plaza Maastricht in a vibrant part of the city. The venue is located within historical Wyck with its unique atmosphere: contemporary flair in a historic setting, filled with fashion, accessories, design, antiques, and gastronomy in the most stylish shops and restaurants. The left-sided, largest part of the beautiful old city center is a stroll of roughly 500m across either the St. Servatius Bridge or the so-called High Bridge. Do(n’t) forget to check out our Christmas market ‘Magical Maastricht’ at the Vrijthof Square!

We are confident that this edition of Cardiac Physiome offers an exciting scientific program with many high-quality oral presentations and poster pitches. While shaping the program, we paid special attention to maximize the time for scientific discussion in a social atmosphere at the posters. We hope that this format will provide fertile ground for both fundamental as well as translational research in our field.

Let’s make this an inspiring edition of Cardiac Physiome where new insights, collaborations and friendships are born. We are confident that on Friday evening we will look back on a successful and social Cardiac Physiome 2019 in Maastricht.

Tammo Delhaas, Jordi Heijman, Joost Lumens, and Frits Prinzen,

Local organizing committee Cardiac Physiome 2019
CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases (www.carimmaastricht.nl)
Maastricht University Medical Center (www.mumc.nl/en)