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Board of Directors 2017-2018

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Peter Macfarlane, DSc
University of Glasgow


Professor Macfarlane is Emeritus Professor and Hon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He was one of the founding members of the Department of Medical Cardiology and was Professor in Medical Cardiology from 1991 – 1995 and Professor of Electrocardiology from 1995 – 2010.  His major interest throughout has been the application of computer techniques to ECG interpretation. The work of his team has been adopted commercially and the University of Glasgow ECG interpretation program developed in his laboratory is currently used worldwide. He is particularly interested in differences in ECG appearances due to age, gender and ethnicity. As a result, he has influenced international guidelines for the ECG definition of acute myocardial infarction. In addition, he has established an ECG Core Laboratory for handling ECGs recorded in national and international clinical trials and epidemiological studies.

Professor Macfarlane is a Fellow of many learned Societies.  He was also President of the Board of Computing in Cardiology from 2008-2014 and is currently Treasurer of the International Society of Electrocardiology.  In 2000, he was awarded a DSc on the basis of his contribution to research in his own field. He was also jointly awarded the 1998 Rijlant International Prize in Electrocardiology by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.  He first attended the Engineering Conference in Banff in 1983 and then chaired both the 1990 and 1993 ISCE meetings, the latter due to the untimely ill health of Professor Jos Willems. In January 2014, he was awarded a CBE for Services to Healthcare.


Vice-President and Trustee Liaison

Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD, MBA
University of Rochester


Dr. Couderc has dedicated his career to quantitative electrocardiography focusing on the development and application of novel techniques for the analysis of ventricular repolarization from the surface ECG in human and in various animal models for clinical trials. He is a founder and director of the Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse, a partnership between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Rochester. The THEW serves as a platform for industry, academia and regulators to validate new methods for advancing the science and practice of conducting cardiac safety studies. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in computational science and engineering, numerical analysis, and computer science applied to electrophysiological signals. Jean-Philippe is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Non-Invasive Electrocardiology and holds a Special Government Employee position at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for the FDA. He has participated in a wide range of clinical trials as well as being principal investigator and a co-investigator in several federally-funded research grants. Jean-Philippe is a frequent lecturer at universities, laboratories, and industrial research centers in U.S and Europe involving industry and national agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. He obtained his PhD degree with highest honors from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France and was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Department of Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jean-Philippe also has an MBA from University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. He is Assistant Director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program Laboratory, an international leader in the research of the long QT syndrome.



Claire Sommargren, RN, PhD University of California
San Francisco


Dr. Sommargren is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the ECG Monitoring Research Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco.  After working 25 years as a clinician in critical care and electrophysiology at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and several community hospitals, she earned a PhD at the University of California San Francisco and has pursued a research and teaching career there since 2003.  Her research has focused on the application of ECG monitoring to understand patient characteristics and outcomes in a variety of settings, including the neurological critical care unit, the emergency department, and the pre-hospital arena.

Besides her activity on the Board of Directors of ISCE, Dr. Sommargren also serves as ISCE Publication Chair and Section Editor for the ISCE Symposium issue of the Journal of Electrocardiology.   She is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and has served as the AHA Cardiovascular Nursing Council’s Communications Committee co-chair and national newsletter editor.  She has participated in several AHA writing groups, including that for ECG monitoring standards for hospitalized patients.  In the past, Dr. Sommargren has served on the Boards of Directors of both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.  She also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Dominican Hospital in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California.



Morrison Hodges, MD  Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation



Morrison (Morry) Hodges has been a member of ISCE for over 30 years. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was the Chief of Cardiology at the Hennepin County Medical Center from 1974 until 1996. For a time after he started at the Hennepin County Medical Center, he was the only cardiologist. When he left HCMC, there were 10 staff members in cardiology, and there was a steady production of clinical research publications.

Dr. Hodges is a former Treasurer of ISCE, and organized the ISCE meeting in Riverside, California in 2008. He has a long-standing interest in electrocardiography, especially in the heart rate correction of the QT interval. The Hodges Correction is used by some manufacturers of clinical 12-lead ECG machines.


Annual Conference Chair

David Strauss, PhD, MD       
Food & Drug Administration


Dr. Strauss received both a B.A. in chemistry and medical degree (M.D.) from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in clinical physiology from Lund University, Sweden. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He has led regulatory science research since joining FDA in 2010. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to assessing the safety and effectiveness of drugs and medical devices and predicting individualized response to therapies.

Dr. Strauss currently serves as FDA’s Acting Director of the Division of Applied Regulatory Science, which seeks to move new science into the CDER review process, closing the gap between scientific innovation and product review and improving public health by building and translating knowledge of drug response into science-based, patient-centered regulatory decisions of the highest quality. Dr. Strauss is also Senior Advisor for Translational and Experimental Medicine in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology.

Additionally, Dr. Strauss oversees and coordinates FDA’s research activities supporting the Comprehensive In Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) Initiative, including the evaluation of ion channel pharmacology data, development and validation of an in silico computational model of the human ventricular myocyte, design and interpretation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes assays, and assessment of novel ECG biomarkers in phase 1 clinical trials. He has received multiple awards, including recently receiving the Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Meritorious Service, the second highest award granted by the Department.


Conference Co-Chair

Cees A. Swenne, PhD
Leiden University Medical Center


Dr. Swenne is an Associate Professor affiliated with the Cardiology Department of the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. His current research is mainly directed towards serial ECG analysis for early detection of emerging heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, and for the diagnosis and triage of patients with acute coronary syndrome. As a visiting professor he is teaching signal processing, imaging and modelling in cardiology in the International Master Program Biomedical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy.

Cees received his MSc in Physics at the Technical University in Eindhoven, and a PhD in Medecine at the University of Utrecht, studying mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias in the initial 48 hours of acute myocardial infarction, inspired by Dr. Gordon Moe and Dr. Charles Antzelevitch (Utica, NY, USA). He initially developed algorithms and systems for CCU monitoring and Holter monitoring under professor Jan van Bemmel (Utrecht), worked on the development of the noninvasive continuous finger arterial blood pressure measurement device under professor Karel Wesseling (Amsterdam). In leiden he worked on heart rate variability, sympathovagal balance measurements with pharmacological autonomic blockade, baroreflex sensitivity, tilt-induced syncope, autonomic effects of electrostimulation in heart failure, ECG transformation matrices, T-wave alternans and ischemia detection. In addition he was teaching cardiovascular physiology to students medicine and biomedical sciences. His current ECG research focuses on vectorcardiographic analysis and interpretation.


Roger Abächerli, MSE, PhD
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts


Dr. Abächerli has graduated as electrical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He was student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech), Atlanta, USA and University College of Dublin (UCD), Ireland and did his PhD at the department of radiology at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy and got his degree of the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, Nancy in France. He got several national and international awards such as the Jos Willems Award, the Biosignal award, CTI Swiss MedTech Award, techtextil innnovationaward. In 2012, he became senior Member of the IEEE, in 2014, he was elected as fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and became international associate of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Moreover, he is director of the board of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiolgy (ISCE). He worked for 16 years in the medtech industry, latest as global head of biomedical research and signal processing at SCHILLER AG, Baar, Switzerland. He is designated professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art for medical technology. Further, he is part-time senior lecturer at BFH and has a part-time position as research associate at the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CRIB) of the University Hospital Basel.




Saeed Babaeizadeh, MSc, PhD
Philips Healthcare



Dr. Babaeizadeh received his BSc (honors), MSc, and PhD in Electrical and Biomedical Electrical from Isfahan University of Technology, Sharif University of Technology, and Northeastern University in 1996, 1998, and 2006 respectively.

Saeed has over 15 years of industry experience in the biomedical and electrical engineering. He is author or co-author of more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and author or co-author of more than 30 papers presented at international conferences. Dr. Babaeizadeh has over 10 patents, issued or pending, in the field of biomedical engineering. Currently he is the director of Advanced Algorithm Research Center of Philips Healthcare in Andover, Massachusetts.


Konrad A. Brockmeier, MD
University of Cologne



Professor Brockmeier is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the department of pediatric cardiology at the University of Cologne, Germany, since 2002. His major interest has been processing and interpretation of the electrocardiogram and the magnetocardiogram in children and adolescents as well as catheter interventions and electrophysiology. 

Professor Brockmeier is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He has served in Council of the Association of the European Paediatric Cardiologist until 2016 as a Scientific Secretary. He was also member of the Board of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology from 2003-2013. In 2004 he chaired the annual ISCE meeting in Hutchington Island, Florida, and in 2006 the annual meeting of the International Society of Electrocardiology in Cologne, Germany.


Johan de Bie, PhD
Mortara Instrument Europe s.r.l.



Dr. Johan de Bie, Johan for short, is Chief Science Officer at Mortara Instrument Inc., where he is leading a team in the development of algorithms for ECG analysis and multi-parameter Patient Monitoring. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering of the company and Director of Engineering of its European development facility. 

During his 25 year tenure, Johan has contributed to many developments and validation efforts in the company, and authored or co-authored numerous publications, often in cooperation with scientific institutions. He also co-hosted the 2008 edition of the annual “Computing in Cardiology” conference in Bologna, Italy, where he still lives. 

His six years working in the Leiden University Medical Center before his industrial career has, apart from spawning his passion for the ECG, ingrained in him the firm belief that intelligent tools HAVE to be clinically useful, for the caregiver and the patient alike. His education at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he took his MSc and PhD in Applied Physics taught him the scientific integrity that is at the basis of quality products.


Dewar Finlay, PhD
University of Ulster


    Dr. Finlay is a Reader in Electronic Engineering at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems and a PhD in Computer Science.  His general area of research is healthcare technology with a specific focus on computerised electrocardiology.  His research in computerised electrocardiology has focused on electrocardiographic lead systems and diagnostic algorithms.  He has secured funding for his research from a wide range of sources and is currently an investigator on a number of significant EU funded (Horizon 2020) programmes investigating connected health solutions for improved diagnosis and management of CVD.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Computing in Cardiology and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Electrocardiology.  He has previously served as conference Chairman for the 37th Annual Computing in Cardiology Conference and the 40th Annual ISCE Conference. Dewar currently teaches students at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.  His main areas of teaching are in digital signal processing and engineering computing.  He is the past Course Director of Ulster University’s postgraduate Health Informatics program.


Shen Luo, PhD
Starcare Medical LLC


Dr. Luo received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in China, and earned his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) in 1994. Soon after, he began working as a senior engineer for Burdick, a company specialized in producing electrocardiographs, defibrillators, and other cardiac devices. Five years later, he was promoted to Director of Engineering. He left the company in 2011 to join Mindray, an international patient monitoring and electrocardiographic product manufacturer, as a Deputy General Manager. He remained there until 2015 when he left and founded a startup company. In addition, he became an Honorary Associate at the UW-Madison in 2016.  His major interests are the development of cardiac devices and the application of ECG signal processing techniques.

Dr. Luo is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has been an active participant of the International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology (ISCE) conference since 1994, and has co-chaired the JW Early Career Investigator Competition of the ISCE since 2008. He is currently a member of the Board of the ISCE. He chaired the annual Computing in Cardiology conference in Hangzhou, China, in 2011, and the annual International Congress on Electrocardiology conference in Beijing in 2012. He is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award of the College of Engineering at the UW-Madison.



Robert L. Lux, PhD          University of Utah, CVRTI



Robert Lux, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont, he moved to Utah where he was appointed to the faculty at the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, a laboratory that focused on clinical and experimental studies of cardiac electrophysiology. His research interests include electrocardiographic mapping, ECG lead systems, and development of cardiac electrophysiologic measurements for assessing heart disease and arrhythmogenic risk. Although “retired” he remains active on research grants at the University and continues to review grants and manuscripts for the NIH and medical journals.

He has been an active ISCE participant since the “2nd Engineering Foundation” meeting (parent meeting of ISCE) in 1976 and chaired the 2003 meeting at Snowbird, Utah. He is ISCE’s Immediate-Past President.


Marek Malik, MD, PhD
Imperial College London



Dr. Malik graduated from Charles University in Prague in both mathematics and medicine. He subsequently moved to London where he became Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of London, specializing in computer processing or electrocardiograms, cardiac risk stratification, and autonomic testing. Presently, he is with the National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College in London.


Joel Xue, PhD                            GE Healthcare

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