Karin Sipido, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Head of Experimental Cardiology at the KU Leuven, the University of Leuven, Belgium. She received her MD degree and trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Between 1988 and 1990 she trained in the USA, and was a Research Fellow in Baltimore, first in the lab of Gil Wier at the University of Maryland, then with Eduardo Marban at Johns Hopkins University. In 1991 Dr. Sipido moved to the Laboratory of Physiology at KU Leuven where she obtained a PhD in
Physiology with Edward Carmeliet, and stayed as a Postdoctoral Fellow till 1995.
Dr. Sipido has been a member and subsequently chair of the Research Council of the KU Leuven (2006-2009). She was Research Coordinator of the group of Biomedical Sciences (2009-2012). She takes an active interest in research at European and international level. In the European Society of Cardiology she has been a Board member (2004-2006), co-founder and chair of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (2006-2008), and is currently a member of the EU affairs committee. From this position she has represented ESC as founding member of the Alliance for
Biomedical Research in Europe, a consortium across all biomedical disciplines to advance research at European level. In the Alliance she became President in November 2013.
Dr. Sipido’s main field of interest is cardiac cellular electrophysiology and calcium homeostasis, and the changes with cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Her overall aim is to link clinical findings to cellular mechanisms.