World Heart Federation (WHF)

Presentation of the Organisation
WHF is a nongovernmental organization committed to helping the global population achieve a longer and better life through prevention and control of heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low and middle income countries. The WHF is a membership organization comprised of medical societies and heart foundations from over 100 countries. The WHF is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as its leading partner in the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease. The Scientific objectives of the organization include: Research, Scientific meetings, such as the World Congress of Cardiology, Education and Training programs, including a Twin Centers Fellowship trainee program and Scientific Publishing.

The WHF is conducting applied research projects in China, Colombia, and Grenada.  A rheumatic heart disease (RHD) project in the South Pacific and Africa provides standardized rheumatic heart disease resources in the diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD.

Key people involved
Sidney C. Smith MD: President of the WHF is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Science and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was Co-Chair of the Scientific Program for the 2010 World Congress of Cardiology in Beijing, China..Dr. Smith is Past-Chairman of the American College of Cardiology/ American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and is Senior Advisor for Cardiovascular Research Translation and Application at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH. He is currently serving as Chair of the Executive Committee for the new NHLBI Integrated Guidelines for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr Smith has been elected to fellow status in a number of associations including the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, and Royal Society of Medicine. His research has focused on the use of evidence based guidelines to improve cardiovascular outcomes at the national and international level. Dr. Smith is the author of more than 300 publications.
Kathryn A. Taubert, PhD:  Senior Science Officer for the WHF and Adjunct Professor at the Univ of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  Prior to joining the WHF, Dr. Taubert was senior scientist, Director of CV Science, and Vice-President of Science and Medicine for the American Heart Association.  Her research on cardiac function has been funded by the NIH and the AHA.  Her current science interests are in the area of infectious diseases that affect the heart (infective endocarditis, Kawasaki disease, and rheumatic fever), heart disease in children, women and cardiovascular disease, and primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  Dr. Taubert is the author of over 120 publications, including AHA/ACC prevention guidelines. She is a fellow in the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology and Council on CV Disease in the Young.
Further Information

Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC)
Istituto di Richerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri (IRFMN)
Instituto DAMIC (DAMIC)
Fundació Clínic per a la recerca Biomèdica (FCRB)
Federación Argentina de Cardiología (FAC)
World Heart Federation (WHF)
Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII