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Imaging Core

The Imaging Core is responsible for establishing best practices for image collection and analysis, and coordination of these resources. It is also responsible for initiating and leading studies around imaging of BAV and BAV-associated disease.

Arturo Evangelista
Co-Chair

Arturo Evangelista director of Aortic Diseases Unit of Hospital Vall d´Hebron in Barcelona from 2005 is the coordinator of the Spanish network of research on aortic aneurysms. Bicuspid aortic valve, from genetic to management, is one of the main objectives.
We are experts in multimodality imaging in aortic diseases and we use a clinical and imaging protocol in the follow-up of more than 400 bicuspid aortic valve patients.
We have received several grants from the Spanish Ministry of Health to investigate the relationship between this valve disorder and ascending aorta dilation based on genetics, biomechanics and biomolecular studies. Hemokinetic assessment of ascending aorta flow by 4D-MRI or tissue characterization of aortic valve deterioration by MDCT are currently investigated in more than 500 patients. We coordinate the BICATOR trial with the aim to assess the beneficial effect of atorvastatin treatment in valvular deterioration and ascending aorta dilation in bicuspid aortic valve.
In 2012 we collaborate with Simon Body in to launch BAVCON and co-coordinate the imaging core of the consortium

Hector Michelena
Co-Chair
Alessandro Della Corte

Prof. Alessandro Della Corte achieved his Cardiac Surgery Specialty Degree in 2004 and PhD Degree in 2008 at the Second University of Naples, Italy (UN2). Assistant Professor in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2014, he currently teaches in several courses, and has been supervisor for PhD programs in other Italian and foreign Institutions.
Since 2007: Staff Surgeon at the Cardiac Surgery Unit of the Monaldi Hospital, Naples, with particular interest in surgery of the aorta and aortic valve, also co-running the aortic endovascular treatment program.
He has run four nationwide research projects co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and is currently PI in a national multidisciplinary project on bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy, co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Health.
Author of more than 110 abstracts and 105 papers published in international peer-review journals; co-author of 1 monography and 3 book chapters; fellow of the Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery and European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery; reviewer for 15 international scientific Journals.

D Woodrow (Woody) Benson
Danny Muehlschlegel
Eduardo Bossone

He is currently the Director of “Cava the Tirreni and Amalfi Cost” Division of Cardiology, University Hospital, Salerno, Italy. Research interests: Aortic diseases, right heart-pulmonary circulation unit physiopathology, Takotsubo syndrome. IRAD and IRAD-biomarkers investigator, Task Force Member of 2014 ESC Guidelines on Aortic Diseases. BAVcon Steering Committee Member.

Elena Ashikhmina
Fedrerico Asch
Gisela Teixid-Tur
Giuseppe Limongelli

Dr. Giuseppe Limongelli graduated (1997) and completed his Cardiology Training (2001) at the Second University of Naples (SUN). From 2002 to 2003, he was Research Fellow of The Genotyping Lab & Heart Failure Clinic at St George’s Hospital Medical School (London, UK). From 2003 to 2004, he was Research Fellow of the Cobbold Lab (Middlesex Hospital) & Heart Failure Clinic (The Heart Hospital) University College of London (London, UK). He completed a 3 year Phd course at Secondd University of Naples in 2003. He was appointed with the title of “European Doctor in Biotechnology” in 2007 (HeduBT, UK). He is a member/fellow of national and international cardiovascular societies (SIC; ESC; HFA; AHA). Since February 2011, he is Editor in Chief of a new open access, online journal, Cardiogenetics. Since 2013, he is member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). He is currently an assistant professor of cardiology at the Second University of Naples, and consultant cardiologists, at the Department of Cardiology, Monaldi Hospital. His main interests concern the field of inherited heart diseases, congenital heart diseases, and rare cardiovascular diseases.

Lamia Ait Ali
Malenka Bissell

My interest in BAV started with the development of an exiting new imaging modality, 4D flow MRI, allowing us to track the blood flow through the heart and the aorta. Our research study focuses on understanding the haemodynamic consequences of a BAV on the ascending aorta using this technique.

Maurice Enriquez-Sarano
Nandan Anavekar
Suhny Abbara
Patrick Mathieu
Pierluigi Festa
Philippe Pibarot
Robert Levine
Rodolfo Citro

He is currently Director Echo-Lab Heart Department University Hospital Salerno Italy. Research interest: heart valve disease, Takotsubo syndrome, new echocardiographic technologies. IRAD and Takotsubo Italian Network (TIN) investigator; Task Force member  of 2015 ESC-HF guidelines on Takotsubo syndrome. Board member of the Italian Society of Cardiovascular Echography (SIEC), research section Director.

Victor Dayan
Francesca Pluchinotta