Dr. Henk ter Keurs
Dr. Henk ter Keurs was born in Delft the Netherlands. He went to Medical School in Leiden (MD 1972) and trained in Physiology (Ph.D. 1970) and Cardiology (1983).
Ever since his Cardiology training he has delved into basic research of function of the heart and became Established Investigator of the Netherlands Heart Foundation (1976-1981). His studies investigate control mechanisms of force of the heartbeat and have led to theories that explain both pump function of the normal heart and arrhythmias in the heart with non-uniform wall motion due to ischemic heart disease.
Research brought him in 1984 to Calgary which has been home for him, his wife, two sons and daughter ever since. He joined the staff of the Foothills Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine in Calgary, where the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research has given him the opportunity to combine research with patient care.
Dr. ter Keurs is an AHFMR Senior Investigator and received the AHFMR Medical Scientist 25 year award in 2009. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands bestowed him with a Knighthood in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2001. His research program and clinical interests are centered around the causes and treatment of heart failure.
He spends his free time with his family, books, music and playing tennis.