Semmelweis University

Semmelweis University

The University was founded in the 17th century. Later it was moved to the capital of Hungary – Buda. In 1951 the Faculty of Medicine became independent, and shortly after an independent University was established incorporating both the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy and was named after Ignac Semmelweis. Semmelweis University (SE) has now over 240 years of tradition of medical education, clinical and preclinical research, supported by their clinical departments and theoretical institutions. Among the alumni of the University there are Nobel laureates, well-known researchers and clinicians. The University hospitals have a capacity of 2100 beds and treat yearly 120.000 inpatients and almost two million outpatients. The research programs are overseen by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Semmelweis University will be the national coordinator of the SECURE project in Hungary. SE will take care of the preparation of the trial, will select, train and supervise the recruiting centres and will also include patients.

Personnel Involved

Prof. Béla Merkely, DSc, FESC, FACC, Director. Prof. Béla Merkely is the director and chair of Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center – Cardiology Department and will be the main professional leader of the project. He received his medical degree with Summa Cum Laude at Semmelweis University’s Faculty of Medicine. In 1996 he acquired a certification in Internal Medicine and in 1998 a certification in Cardiology. In 1999 Prof. Merkely obtained a PhD degree and in 2006 he was named doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and habilitated at Semmelweis University. He has been the consultant of about twelve sponsored research projects since 1994. He participated in several international research projects cooperating with such foreign universities as that of Heidelberg, Aachen, Berlin, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bonn, Paris, Gdansk, Boston, Oulu.
As for his professional activity, Prof. Merkely introduced the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy in the treatment of sudden cardiac death and heart failure. Besides, in Hungary he was the first who used the invasive rotablational treatment for inoperable coronary disease. He was one of the organisers of the Infarction Emergency Service in Central-Hungary, and as a professional supervisor, he was responsible for its monitoring and the development of the quality indicators of the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. He is the co-chairman of the National Societies Committee of European Heart Rhythm Association and the president of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology. Currently he is the Councillor of the European Society of Cardiology.
Matyas Keltai, Professor Emeritus. Matyas Keltai completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology in Budapest and extended it in England, in the United States and in Switzerland. Since 1966 he has been working for the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Semmelweis University. In Hungary he introduced several diagnostic and therapeutic methods, like hemodynamic monitoring, intra-aortic balloon pumping, infarct-size measurements, selective intracoronary thrombolysis, coronary angioplasty, etc. He published over 300 papers, abstracts, books, book  chapters in various periodicals in Hungarian, German, English, Russian, and French. Cumulative IF for papers and abstracts is over 370. He was named full professor in 1996. In the years 2005-2007 he was the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology, he is now Professor Emeritus of the Semmelweis University. He was the Hungarian Coordinator of a fair number of trials with the ISIS and OASIS and the TIMI group, and also organized N.I.H. sponsored trials. Matyas Keltai
György Bárczi, MD. He followed his medical studies at the Semmelweis University Budapest between 1990 and 1996. During that time he worked as an assistant at the Hungarian Ambulance. In 1998 he took up residency at the Department of Cardiology of St. John Hospital Budapest and completed his medical specialisation in internal medicine in 2001. In 2003 he became board certified as Cardiologist. In 2005 he spent six months in England at Princess Royal University Hospital, Kent. Since 2005 he has been working at Semmelweis University Heart Center as an interventional cardiologist. His main interests are coronary artery disease and cardiovascular rehabilitation. He is also taking part in graduate and post-graduate education and he has held numerous lectures and presentations and has been a co-investigator to a large number of international clinical trials. György Bárczi,

List of centres involved in the trial:

Institution name

Principal Investigator

·         Semmelweis Egyetem Városmajori Szív

Prof. Béla Merkely & Dr. Bárczi Gyuri

·         Békés Megyei Pándy Kálmán Kórház

Dr. Zoltán Jambrik

·         Bács- Kiskun Megyei Kórház

Dr. Zoltán Ruzsa

·         Fővárosi Szent János Kórház

Dr. Rita Kazinczy

·         Fejér Megyei Szent György Egyetemi Kórház

Dr. Ebrahim Noori

·         Szent Rókus Kórház és Intézményei

Dr. András Papp

·         Sydó és Tsa Kft.

Dr. Tibor Sydó


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