Electrophysiologist Dr. Anica Bulic is pleased to be hosting the First Annual Inherited Arrhythmia Symposium: Fundamentals of Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmias, in the beautiful capital of Zagreb, Croatia. These annual conferences will focus on Inherited Arrhythmias with varying and more specialized themes related to these conditions each continuing year. These conferences will be a collaborative educational event with the overall goal of sharing knowledge and innovation with a global attendance of Adult and Pediatric Cardiologists and Electrophysiologists from North America, Europe and further abroad.

For this first annual conference, topics will be focused on the fundamentals and treatments of all different Inherited Cardiac Arrhythmia conditions including Long QTS, ARVC, CPVT, and Brugada Syndrome.

Attendees can expect a multi-pronged educational conference encompassing clinical/surgical practices, research, and quality improvement - and how Cardiologists/Electrophysiologists treat the basic inherited arrhythmia conditions.

Our Keynote Speaker for this event is Dr. Robert Murray Hamilton, who will be presenting his breakthrough research on ARVC and other IA conditions.

There will be plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and other experts in the field of Electrophysiology and Cardiology.

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
Ul. kneza Borne 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Date & Time
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration Covers the Following:

Conference Attendance
Meals and Refreshments

Registration Fee: €50.00

10 CME Credits will issued to Symposium Presenters
8 CME Credits will be issued to Symposium Registrants

This event is endorsed by the SickKids Labatt Family Heart Centre

Please view our full Program Itinerary  
Section Time Topic Speaker 
Introduction 9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome Remarks Dr. Bulic 
Long/Short QTS 9:10 – 9:15 am Fellow case presentation  
9:15 – 9:45 am Basics of LQTS Dr. Elizabeth Sherwin (Washington, DC) 
9:45 – 10:05 am Genetics of LQTS Dr. Emmi Helle
10:05 – 10:25 am Short QTSDr. Bulic (Canada)
10:25 – 10:40 am Questions   
ARVC/Keynote Speaker 10:50 – 10:55 am Fellow case presentation  
10:55 – 11:40 am ARVC: Basics to Biomarkers for Diagnosis & Prognosis Dr. Robert Hamilton (Canada) 
11:40 – 12:10 pm ARVC Risk Stratification & ICDs Dr. Borka Pezo (Croatia)
12:10 – 12:30 pm Exercise Counseling in ARVC & other IAs Dr. Dora Bartonicek
12:30 – 12:45 pm Questions 
CPVT 1:30 – 1:35 pm Fellow case presentation  
1:35 – 2:05 pm Basics of CPVT  Dr. Robert Hamilton
2:05 – 2:25 pm Challenges with Pacing/ Defibrillation in CPVT/ LQTS  Dr. Bulic (Canada)
2:25 – 2:45 pm Left cardiac sympathetic denervation (LCSD) as treatment for CPVT/LQTS  Dr. Veronica Dusi (Italy) 
2:45 – 3:00 pm Questions  
Brugada 3:00 – 3:05 pm Fellow case presentation   
3:05 – 3:35 pm Fundamentals of Brugada Syndrome        Dr. Georgia Sarquella Brugada (Spain) 
3:35 – 3:55 pm Diagnostic test pitfalls? Risk scores and peds/ adult differences?  Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez Corcia (Quebec) 
3:55 – 4:10 pm Questions  
Closing Remarks4:10 – 4:25 pmFuture Directions Dr. Bulic 
Keynote Speaker and Presenters
Dr. Anica Bulic
Conference Host

Dr. Anica Bulic is a Staff Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Primary Investigator in Translational Medicine. Dr. Bulic's research interests are diverse, with her main focus on understanding the effects of electrical dyssynchrony in paediatric congenital heart disease, how it impacts clinical outcomes, and how to approach cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in this challenging patient population. She started SickKids CRT Clinic to help standardize the paediatric CRT approach. Dr. Bulic also is involved in Heart Rhythm Classification studies to use machine learning in identifying cardiac arrhythmias early in the post-operative period. She also is involved in research studying genetic determinants of acquired LQTS in the post-operative CHD period and understanding the role of cardiac phenotype in epilepsy patients at risk of SUDEP and started the inaugural multidisciplinary Heart-Brain Clinic at SickKids.
Dr. Robert Murray Hamilton
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robert Murray Hamilton is a Children’s Cardiologist, Heart Rhythm Specialist and Senior Associate Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Research Institute, Toronto, Canada. His research is focused on expanding the understanding of these inherited arrhythmia conditions and improving their diagnosis. Dr. Hamilton has particular interest and expertise in ARVC, Brugada Syndrome, Congenital Heart Block and CPVT. In 2017. Dr. Hamilton identified a novel biomarker and target for ARVC and presented this work as late-breaking science at the European Society of Cardiology, published in the European Heart Journal and is translating/commercializing this test to clinical laboratories. Last year, Dr. Hamilton had identified a biomarker for Brugada Syndrome, a heritable condition that causes sudden death at night in young individuals, particularly males. He has presented this work as late-breaking science at the American Heart Association and published in the European Heart Journal. He is also translating this test to clinical laboratories. He recently received the Sustained Research Award from the SickKids Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez Corcia

Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez Corcia is a Consultant Cardiologist and Pediatric Electrophysiologist at CHU Sainte Justine, Montreal, Canada. Cecilia is originally from Argentina, where she did her medical studies in the University of Buenos Aires, and her paediatric training in the Gutierrez Children’s Hospital. She underwent further training in pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology at Children’s Hospital of Boston. From 2018 to 2022, Cecilia took the position of Lead of Paediatric Electrophysiology at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, where she supported the pediatric electrophysiology and inherited cardiac conditions expertise in the southwest of UK. Her focus is on excellence of care towards her patients including the development of the inherited cardiac condition expertise in the region.
Dr. Emmi Helle

Born in Finland, Dr. Emmi Helle graduated from Turku School of Economics and thereafter completed her medical degree at Linköping University, Sweden. She finished her PhD at University of Turku in 2010 before moving to University of Helsinki, where she trained in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. She has completed an Inherited Arrhythmia Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Toronto General Hospital in 2022-2023. Besides clinical work, she has a strong research background focusing on unraveling the environmental and genetic causes of congenital heart defects. During 2015-2016 Dr. Helle worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, CA, at the Ashley and Priest labs. Dr. Helle is currently working as a PI at the Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program, and as a pediatric cardiologist at the New Children’s Hospital at the University of Helsinki.

Dr. Georgia Sarquella Brugada

Dr. Georgia Sarquella Brugada is a Pediatric Cardiologist in University of Barcelona, having done Fellowship in Interventional Cardiac Catheterization in Ste. Justine, Montreal (Canada), as well as Fellowship in Electrophysiology in Univeristy of Barcelona, PhD in Inherited Cardiac Diseases in University of Barcelona. Currently Head of Arrhythmia, Inherited Cardiac Diseases and Sudden Death Unit of Hospital Sant Joan de Deu Children's Hospital of University of Barcelona, Associate Professor in Pediatrics in University of Barcelona, Subnetwork coordinator of the European Reference Network in Rare Cardiac Diseases in Children of the European Commission.
Dr. Veronica Dusi

Dr. Veronica Dusi is currently a Researcher at the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin (Professor Gaetano M. De Ferrari) with an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin, Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCS, Milano (Professor Peter J. Schwartz). Her main areas of interests include hereditary and acquired ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, autonomic nervous system, cardiac neuromodulation and stereotactic radioablation. She graduated cum laude as an MD and then as a Specialist in Cardiology at the University of Pavia. In Turin, she now leads the program for cardiac sympathetic denervation. Dr Dusi has published her work in various medical journals including JACC, Circulation and European Heart Journal.

Dr. Dorotea Bartoniček

Dr. Dorotea Bartoniček completed her medical degree at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. She worked as a Research and Teaching assistant at the Department of Physiology and Immunology School of Medicine, University of Zagreb for five years. She then worked as a Visiting Scientist at John Hopkins University as part of Fogarty International Research Collaborative Grants during 2002 and 2004. Dr. Bartoniček finished Pediatric residency and then Pediatric Cardiology fellowship in University Hospital Centre Zagreb. She had additional education on intensive care management of pediatric cardiac patients in the German Heart Centre Munich. Dr. Bartoniček is now working as a pediatric cardiologist with a special interest in managing patients before and after heart transplantation.

Dr. Borka Pezo

Dr. Borka Pezo is a cardiologist and interventional electrophysiologist with a special interest in atrial fibrillation management and inherited arrhythmia evaluation and management. Dr Pezo received her medical degree from Medical School Zagreb where she also finished her PhD in Cardiac pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Dr. Pezo is an attending electrophysiologist at University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia. Dr. Pezo is active member of European Heart Rhythm Association and also president of Patient Organization "Heart Rhythm" providing patient education. She has more than 15 years of every day work with patients trying to make their life easier coping with arrhythmias and implanted cardiac devices. She participates in many EHRA research projects.
Dr. Elizabeth Sherwin

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Sherwin is a pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Children’s National Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  She is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and member of Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Psychology at the University of Virginia, then after a brief career in telecommunications earned her M.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (MCV). Her Pediatric residency then Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Electrophysiology fellowships were at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She worked in Vancouver, British Columbia, before joining the Children’s National Hospital in 2016. She is the Director of Electrophysiology and leads the Cardiogenetics Inherited Arrhythmia clinic at Children's National.  She practices clinical and interventional electrophysiology with special interests in arrhythmia treatment and ablation, cardiac implantable electronic devices, and sudden death and inherited arrhythmia evaluations and treatment.  
 Join us on October 7, 2023 
We look forward to seeing you there!
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