Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1982
    Medical degree, Saarland University; postdoc scientific training at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Cardiology (Prof. Dr. W. Schaper) and at University of Madison, Wisconsin, Dept. of Biochemistry

  • 1982 – 1985
    Medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Deutsches Herzzentrum München

  • 1986 – 1988
    Medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Free University of Berlin and Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin

  • 1989 – 1990
    Board certifications in Internal Medicine and cardiology

  • 1991
    Habilitation in Cardiology; Focus: myocardial energy metabolism

  • 1992
    Associate professor in Internal Medicine at Free University of Berlin

  • 2001
    Founder of the first DFG (German Research Foundation) program grant on gender in cardiovascular disease, a Research Training Group (GK 754: "Sex-specific mechanisms of myocardial hypertrophy", 2001 -2011)

  • 2003
    Full professor and chair for "Cardiovascular diseases in women" at Charite, Humboldt University at Berlin

  • 2003
    Founder of the Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM) at the Charité, University Medicine Berlin

  • 2005
    Founder of the Working Group on "Cardiovascular disease in women" at the German cardiac society (DGK)

  • 2006 – 2007
    Founder of the German and International Society for Gender in Medicine (DGesGM and IGM); Founding president of both societies

  • 2007
    Director of the Institute of Gender in Medicine at Charite, Berlin

  • 2008
    Speaker of the DFG Research Group "Sex-specific mechanisms of myocardial hypertrophy", (FG 1054, from 2008 – 2014)

  • 2011
    Coordinator of the Berlin site in the "German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)" sponsored by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Selected publications

  • Kararigas G, Bito V, Tinel H, Becher E, Baczko I, Knosalla C, Albrecht B, Sipido KR, Regitz-Zagrosek V. Transcriptome characterization of estrogen-treated human myocardium identifies MYLIP as a sex-specific element influencing contractile function. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012;59:410-417

    Regitz-Zagrosek V. Sex and gender differences in health. Science & society series on sex and science. EMBO reports. 2012;13:596-603

  • Guo W, Schafer S, Greaser ML, Radke MH, Liss M, Govindarajan T, Maatz H, Schulz H, Li S, Parrish AM, Dauksaite V, Vakeel P, Klaassen S, Gerull B, Thierfelder L, Regitz-Zagrosek V, Hacker TA, Saupe KW, Dec GW, Ellinor PT, Macrae CA, Spallek B, Fischer R, Perrot A, Ozcelik C, Saar K, Hubner N, Gotthardt M. Rbm20, a gene for hereditary cardiomyopathy, regulates titin splicing. Nat Med. 2012

  • Regitz-Zagrosek V, Lundqvist CB, Borghi C, Cifkova R, Ferreira R, Foidart JM, Gibbs JS, Gohlke-Baerwolf C, Gorenek B, Iung B, Kirby M, Maas AH, Morais J, Nihoyannopoulos P, Pieper PG, Presbitero P, Roos-Hesselink JW, Schaufelberger M, Seeland U, Torracca L, Bax J, Auricchio A, Baumgartner H, Ceconi C, Dean V, Deaton C, Fagard R, Funck-Brentano C, Hasdai D, Hoes A, Knuuti J, Kolh P, McDonagh T, Moulin C, Poldermans D, Popescu BA, Reiner Z, Sechtem U, Sirnes PA, Torbicki A, Vahanian A, Windecker S, Aguiar C, Al-Attar N, Garcia AA, Antoniou A, Coman I, Elkayam U, Gomez-Sanchez MA, Gotcheva N, Hilfiker-Kleiner D, Kiss RG, Kitsiou A, Konings KT, Lip GY, Manolis A, Mebaaza A, Mintale I, Morice MC, Mulder BJ, Pasquet A, Price S, Priori SG, Salvador MJ, Shotan A, Silversides CK, Skouby SO, Stein JI, Tornos P, Vejlstrup N, Walker F, Warnes C. Esc guidelines on the management of cardiovascular diseases during pregnancy: The task force on the management of cardiovascular diseases during pregnancy of the european society of cardiology (esc). Eur Heart J. 2011

  • Kendel F, Gelbrich G, Wirtz M, Lehmkuhl E, Knoll N, Hetzer R, Regitz-Zagrosek V. Predictive relationship between depression and physical functioning after coronary surgery. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170:1717-1721

  • Petrov G, Regitz-Zagrosek V, Lehmkuhl E, Krabatsch T, Dunkel A, Dandel M, Dworatzek E, Mahmoodzadeh S, Schubert C, Becher E, Hampl H, Hetzer R. Regression of Myocardial Hypertrophy After Aortic Valve Replacement – Faster in Women? Circulation 2010; 122:S23-S28

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • FOR 1054, Re 662/8-1+8-2 (DFG) 2008 – 2014 Sex specific mechanisms in myocardial hypertrophy, Coordinator and PI

  • DZHK (DLR/BMBF) 2011 – 2014 German Centre for Cardiovascular Research, Coordinator Berlin (2011 – 2015)

    Subprojects: Gender differences in heart failure and Social Infrastructure

  • COST Action EUGENMED: 2013 – 2015 European Gender medicine Roundtable, coordinator

  • ITN RADOX (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN); 2013 – 2016: RADical reduction of OXidative stress in cardiovascular diseases; Coordinator: 2013 – 2016

  • GenderMedDB (BMBF/DLR) ; 2012 – 2013 Database in Gender Medicine,Coordinator

  • BEFRI; 2012 – 2014 BEFRI Berliner Frauen- Risikoevaluation, Coordinator

  • DFG 662/13-1; 2012 – 2014 Sex differences in human aortic stenosis

  • Bayer; 2011 – 2013 Tiermodelle – Postmenopause,Coordinator

  • Deutsche Stiftung für Herzforschung 2012 – 2014 Sex-specific protection in the human heart – Role of mitochondrial function; PI

  • DW 70/1-1 (DFG) 2010 – 2011New gender specific insights into myocardial remodelling in human aortic valve stenosis, Co-PI

  • Erasmus 502432 LLP-1-2009-DE-ERASMUS-ECDEM (EU) 2009 – 2011 Coordinator: EUGIM, European Curriculum in Gender Medicine

  • PPGM 01FW0803 (DLR/BMBF) 2008 – 2010 Pilot project Gender Medicine

  • Ammon Stiftung Frauenherzgesundheit, 2007 – 2013

  • EUGene Heart EC 018833 (EU) 2006 – 2010 PI: Myocardial remodelling in the failing heart, coordinator Task 4 Gender

  • GK 754, I-IV (DFG) Geschlechtsspezifische Mechanismen bei Myokardhypertrophie, Coordinator: 2001 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • DGK (German Cardiac Society), Programm committee, 2009 – 2015

  • DGK (German Cardiac Society), Founder and speaker of working group Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen bei Frauen DGK, 2002 – 2008, now member and elected speaker

  • ESC, European Society of Cardiology, member

  • OSSD (Organization for the study of sex differences), member, International Society of Gender Medicine, founding president (2007 – 2009), Board Member

  • German Society for Gender in Medicine (DGesGM); President 2006 – 2014

  • Congress President 2014, German Society of Prevention and Rehabilitation

  • Chair, Kommission für Frauenförderung der Charite Berlin, since 2009

  • Task Force Leader: Cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy, European Society of Cardiology, ESC, 2009 – 2011

  • Heart Failure Association der ESC, Study Group on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy , 2009 – 2014

  • Arzneimittelkommission der Deutschen Ärzteschaft (AKDÄ), 2010

  • Editorial Board: Biology of Sex Differences, 2011

  • Editorial Board: Current Perspectives in Heart Failure, 2011

  • Sientific advisory board, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cardiovascular Research, Graz

Media coverage

  • see ARTE, Focus, Stern, Bunte, Zeit, FAZ, etc.

Additional qualifications

  • At present, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek is president of the German Society for Gendermedicine and board member of the International Society of Gender medicine.

  • She will be the next congress president of the German society for prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases.

  • She was Task Force Leader for the Guidelines "Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy" of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), 2010 – 2012

  • She published over 230 scientific papers and book articles. She has edited 2 books on Gender medicine (Springer: Clinical aspects in Gender Medicine and Handbook of experimental pharmacology; vol 207, (Sex and Gender differences in Pharmacology).

  • She regularly organizes annual congresses in Gender medicine at national and international level.

  • She acts as reviewer for national and international funding organizations and journals and for academic institutions.

  • She is active in several mentoring programs.

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