Biography

Professor Vincent Brandenburg, MD
Nephrologist
Department of Cardiology
University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany
Vincent.Brandenburg@post.rwth-aachen.de

Brandenburg

Vincent Brandenburg is nephrologist, associate professor and senior consultant at the Department of Cardiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Vascular Medicine, University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen, Germany. In his current position he is Consultant for the Intermediate Care Unit and Heart Failure outpatient clinic at the same institution (Head: Professor Nikolaus Marx, MD). Dr Brandenburg gained his medical degree in 1998 at the RWTH Aachen and the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, Germany. In 2005, he completed a two-years postdoctoral research period at the IZKF BioMAT, also at the University Hospital Aachen, under Professor Willi Jahnen-Dechent, PhD, on the subject of the mechanism of extraosseous calcification in uremia. Dr Brandenburg then became a nephrologist at the Department of Nephrology, University Hospital Aachen (Head: Professor Jürgen Floege, MD) until 2009. In his current department, Dr Brandenburg is conducting clinical research on the pathophysiology and treatment of renal osteodystrophy, bone disease after renal transplantation, and cardiovascular calcification in chronic kidney disease, including calciphylaxis. Dr. Brandenburg has been leader of the German Calciphylaxis registry (www.calciphylaxie.de) since 2007. He is also board member of the ERA-EDTA scientific working group “CKD-MBD”. As such, he is currently initiating a multinational European calciphylaxis registry “EuCalNet” (www.calciphylaxis.net). His basic research interests are mechanisms of cardiovascular disease in uremia with particular focus upon vitamin K and oral anticoagulation. He is currently also conducting research about the role of fetuin-A, FGF23, cardiovascular effects of vitamin D and Wnt/beta-catenin signalling in the bone-vascular axis in uremia. Prof. Brandenburg is also principal investigator of several prospective human intervention trials investigating interventions against cardiovascular calcification progression. The clinical focus is the chronic cardio-renal syndrome. Dr Brandenburg has authored or co-authored over 120 articles in peer reviewed journals. These articles have had the primary focus upon chronic kidney disease – mineral and bone disorder, cardiorenal syndrome, and calciphylaxis. He is member of the German and European societies of nephrology and the societies of cardiology.