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Speaker - Maja Cikes
University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Maja Cikes, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and a cardiologist at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia. She received subspecialty and academic training at St-George’s Hospital, London, UK, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Univeristätspital Zürich, Switzerland, and is an internationally recognised expert in heart failure and cardiac imaging.


Her clinical and academic interests span from chronic to advanced heart failure and machine learning. Professor Cikes has been involved in many clinical trials and research projects in heart failure, and is currently the Principal Investigator of several multicentre trials and registries (ENVAD-HF, PCHF-VAD registry, GRAFT-XPCI, CroATTR registry). By leading such trials and projects, she has developed a wide interdisciplinary network with other centres of excellence in Barcelona, Zürich, Rotterdam, Boston, to name a few. She also serves as an editorial board member for the European Journal of Heart Failure, and is a member of the European Society of Cardiology Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and the Regulatory Affairs Committee.


For her scientific work, Professor Cikes has been awarded the UNESCO L’Oreal Award “For Women in Science”, the Basic Science Young Investigator Award at EuroEcho-Imaging, as well as the Croatian Award for Science for 2019.


Carolyn Lam

Duke-National University, Singapore, Singapore

Dr Lam is a Professor at Duke-National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant at the National Heart Centre Singapore specializing in heart failure and recognized globally for expertise in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. She is a world-renown clinical trialist, with her work as part of the global steering committee of the PARAGON and EMPEROR-Preserved trials contributing to the first FDA-approved treatment for HFpEF to date (Entresto Wins First FDA Nod in Hard-to-Treat Type of Heart Failure ( as well as the first robustly positive outcomes trial in HFpEF to date. Her leadership in the field is recognized in her appointment to the 2021 European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Guidelines Task Force. She is a recipient of the NMRC Senior Investigator Clinician Scientist Award, Programme Lead of A*STaR’s Asian neTwork for Translational Research and Cardiovascular Trials (ATTRaCT), Principal Investigator of ASIAN-HF (multinational study across 11 Asian countries), and Executive Committee member/ lead of multiple global clinical trials. She has published >350 articles in journals including NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, and European Heart Journal; and has been recognized in the Clarivate Highly cited Researcher 2021 in the field of Clinical Medicine( and as a World Expert by Expertscape’s PubMed-based algorithms (top 0.1%of scholars writing about Heart Failure over the past 10 years; Heart Failure: Worldwide - She serves as Associate Editor for Circulation and the European Journal of Heart Failure. Dr Lam is heard weekly on the global podcast “Circulation On The Run” and seen regularly on television as the Resident Doctor of “Body and Soul” by MediaCorp Singapore.

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