Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca


Prof. Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca has graduated in medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Switzerland. After doing a post-doc in Melbourne, Australia, for two years, he had been working as cardiologist and heart failure specialist in Zurich. In 2002, he moved to Basel, where he was responsible for the heart failure and heart transplant services. He has obtained his lecture qualification both in Zurich and in Basel and was announced as Professor in Basel Switzerland in 2008. Since 2009, he has been working at Maastricht UMC+ as Professor of Clinical Heart Failure. He is head of the heart failure clinic and head of the division of structural heart diseases.

He has been involved in numerous research projects since many years. In particular, he has a special interest in personalised medicine in heart failure using biomarkers and has successfully led international studies related to this topic. In addition, eHealth is an important focus of research. He has published >250 research articles.

He has been working as member of different working groups of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and is board member of working group on heart failure in the Netherlands.

On the one hand, he is continuing his research on biomarker in heart failure for therapy guidance. He is collaborating internationally on this topic and is participating in several large international projects in this regard. On the other hand, he is leading an international consortium, aiming to develop a personalized eHealth application to enable patients with heart failure to perform self-care, i.e. including self-prescription of medication. Recently, the consortium received 4.4 M€ to support this project from INTERREG-NWE (budget Maastricht UMC+ > 2.0 M€).

He is additionally involved in national research projects (e.g. heart-brain connection, supported by CVON) and is the local PI of several large industry sponsored RCTs. In one of them, he is the national coordinator for the Netherlands.

Department of Cardiology
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: 3.B2.031
T: +31(0)43 387 70 97

  • 2024
    • Trieu, C., van Harten, A. C., Leeuwis, A. E., Exalto, L. G., Hooghiemstra, A. M., Verberk, I. M. W., Allaart, C. P., Brunner-La Rocca, H.-P., Kappelle, L. J., van Oostenbrugge, R. J., Biessels, G.-J., Teunissen, C. E., van der Flier, W. M., & Heart-Brain Connection Consortium (2024). Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline in Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases Along the Heart-Brain Axis. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 98(3), 987-1000. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-231096
    • Leenen, J. P., Scherrenberg, M., Bruins, W., Boyne, J., Vranken, J., Brunner la Rocca, H.-P., Dendale, P., & van der Velde, A. E. (2024). Usability of a digital health platform to support home hospitalization in heart failure patients: a multicentre feasibility study among healthcare professionals. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 23(2), 188-196. Article zvad059. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvad059
    • Clephas, P. R. D., Malgie, J., Schaap, J., Koudstaal, S., Emans, M., Linssen, G. C. M., de Boer, G. A., van Heerebeek, L., Borleffs, C. J. W., Manintveld, O. C., van Empel, V., van Wijk, S., van den Heuvel, M., da Fonseca, C., Damman, K., van Ramshorst, J., van Kimmenade, R., van de Ven, A. R. T., Tio, R. A., ... Brugts, J. J. (2024). Guideline implementation, drug sequencing, and quality of care in heart failure: design and rationale of TITRATE-HF. Esc heart failure, 11(1), 550-559. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.14604
    • Nebhwani, M., Chaibekava, K., Achten, A., Oerlemans, M. I. F. J., Michels, M., van der Meer, P., Nienhuis, H. L. A., Weerts, J., van Empel, V., Rocca, H. P. B. L., Wijk, S. S. V., van der Pol, J., & Knackstedt, C. (2024). Detection of cardiac amyloidosis on routine bone scintigraphy: an important gatekeeper role for the nuclear medicine physician. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10554-024-03085-z
    • Gingele, A. J., Brandts, L., Vossen, K., Knackstedt, C., Boyne, J., & Rocca, H. P. B. L. (2024). Prognostic value of signs and symptoms in heart failure patients using remote telemonitoring. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 30(1), 180–185. Article 1357633X211039404. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X211039404
    • Kobayashi, M., Ferreira, J. P., Kevin, D., Bresso, E., Huttin, O., Bozec, E., Brunner La Rocca, H.-P., Delles, C., Clark, A. L., Edelmann, F., González, A., Heymans, S., Pellicori, P., Petutschnigg, J., Verdonschot, J. A. J., Rossignol, P., Cleland, J. G. F., Zannad, F., Girerd, N., & HOMAGE Trial Committees and Investigators (2024). Proteomic profiles of left atrial volume and its influence on response to spironolactone: Findings from the HOMAGE trial and STANISLAS cohort. European journal of heart failure. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.3202
  • 2023
    • Frey, S. M., Bakula, A., Tsirkin, A., Vasilchenko, V., Ruff, P., Oehri, C., Amrein, M. F., Huré, G., Rumora, K., Schäfer, I., Caobelli, F., Haaf, P., Mueller, C. E., Remppis, B. A., Rocca, H. P. B. L., & Zellweger, M. J. (2023). Artificial intelligence to improve ischemia prediction in Rubidium Positron Emission Tomography—a validation study. The EPMA Journal, 14(4), 631-643. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13167-023-00341-5
    • Knackstedt, C., Ramaekers, B., Schummers, G., Schreckenberg, M., Faessen, J., Marx, N., Becker, M., Sanders-van Wijk, S., van Empel, V., Norra, C., Kunert, H. J., Brunner-La Rocca, H.-P., & PsychEcho study group (2023). Influence of Individual Personality Traits of the Reader on Visual Assessment of Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction: Another Reason to Abandon Visual Assessment. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 36(12), 1332-1335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2023.08.015
    • Gingele, A. J., Amin, H., Vaassen, A., Schnur, I., Pearl, C., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., & Boyne, J. (2023). Integrating avatar technology into a telemedicine application in heart failure patients A pilot study. Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift, 135(23-24), 680–684. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-022-02150-8
    • Weerts, J., Amin, H., Barandiarán Aizpurua, A., Gevaert, A. B., Handoko, M. L., Dauw, J., Tun, H. N., Rommel, K.-P., Verbrugge, F. H., Kresoja, K.-P., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Brunner-La Rocca, H.-P., Bayés-Genís, A., Lumens, J., Knackstedt, C., & van Empel, V. P. M. (2023). Webtool to enhance the accuracy of diagnostic algorithms for HFpEF: a prospective cross-over study. Esc heart failure, 10(6), 3493 - 3503. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.14525