During a ceremony held on September 15th, the Academic Senate of the Universidad de San Pablo Tucuman, Argentina, awarded a degree honoris causa to Professor Angelo Auricchio, recognizing his leading role in the field of electrophysiology, the cardiology specialization that deals with the study of the heart’s electrical conduction, the cure of its anomalies, and the electrical failures leading to arrhythmias.
In conferring the degree, the Academic Senate pointed out the important contribution of Prof. Auricchio in the promotion and use of resynchronizationtherapies, in the prevention of sudden cardiac death, in the commitment for spreading in Argentina and throughout the South American continent of electrophysiology and its applications therapeutic and diagnostic.
Since 2006, Professor Auricchio acts as a Professor- Ausserplanmässiger Professor- at the University Hospital of Magdeburg, Germany, and is responsible, since 2006, of the Electrophysiology service at Cardiocentro, as well as scientific director of the Fondazione Ticino Cuore and past-president of the European Heart Rhythm Association.
Also important is the commitment of Prof. Auricchio to the establishment and direction, together with Prof. Krause, of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology, affiliated to USI, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano,which provides a stimulating environment for the development and use of new computational approaches and tools to extend the understanding of cardiac pathophysiology, improve diagnosis, and predict treatment efficacy.
Author of several books and over 200 scientific papers, Professor Auricchio has been part or is currently a member of the editorial boards of some of the most important international cardiology journals, including Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Review, Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and EP Europace Journal.
The conferment of the honorary degree is another prestigious award to Professor Auricchio and it only confirms his value and his high international reputation for the Cardiocentro Ticino as well as for the Cardiology field in Ticino