David Conen is a trained internist and cardiologist. He currently is a Scientist and Principal Investigator at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, where he holds an appointment as Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. He also is the Cardiology clinical site leader of the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Conen obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University in Boston, USA, and completed a 2-year postdoc research fellowship in clinical epidemiology. He has extensive knowledge in the design, development, management, analysis, interpretation and reporting of large-scale epidemiology studies and clinical trials. He currently manages a large group of research staff, postdoc fellows, and PhD and Master’s students.
Dr. Conen is the Principal Investigator of two large multinational clinical trials to prevent and treat perioperative atrial fibrillation (COP-AF and ASPIRE-AF) and he is involved in the leadership of many international cardiovascular and perioperative trials. His research activities also involve the conduct of large epidemiological cohort studies to study risk factors for the occurrence of atrial fibrillation and its consequences. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has received several prestigious grants and awards in Switzerland and Canada.