Dr. Varró András

Name: Prof. András Varró, MD,PhD, DSc

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Telephone: (+36)-62-545-683 and (+36)-62-545-682

Telefax: (+36)-62-545-680

E-mail: varro.andras@med.u-szeged.hu

András Varró Presentation 2007amst

Date of birth: 1954, Szeged, Hungary

Marital status: married, 2 children

Positions: Professor of Pharmacology

Educational background:
- 1972-78, graduated as MD (“summa cum laude”), University Medical School of Szeged
- 1987, Ph.D. degree (Frequency dependent effects of antiarrhythmic drugs in isolated cardiac preparations)
- 1998, D.Sc. degree (Cellular mechanism of antiarrhythmic drug actions)
- 1998, Clinical Pharmacology Specialist Diploma

- 1982-84, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indianapolis, IN. USA
- 1988-90, Department of Pharmacology, Univ. of Cincinnati, OH, USA
- 1991-92, Department of Veterinary Preclinical Sciences, Univ. of Liverpool, UK

Academic career:
- 1980-90, Institute for Drug Research, Budapest, Hungary
- 1991-present, Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary

Research interest:
- cellular mechanism of antiarrhythmic drug actions
- cardiac electrophysiology
- cardiovascular pharmacology

Teaching Experience:
- pharmacology – undergraduate level
- cardiovascular pharmacology – postgraduate level
- cardiac electrophysiology - postgraduate level

- Hungarian Physiological Society
- Hungarian Society of Cardiology
- International Society for Heart Research, European Section (ISHR-ES)
- American Heart Association (AHA)
- British Pharmacological Society
- The Physiological Society (British)
- European Working Group on Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology (EWGCCE)
- European Society for Cardiology (FESC, 1999)

Editorial work:
- 1998- 2002, British Journal of Pharmacology
- 2004 present, J Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

- British J. Pharmacology
- Cardiovascular Research
- European J. Pharmacology
- General Pharmacology
- J. Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- J. Physiology (London)
- J. General Physiology and Biophysics
- Life Sciences
- J. of Mollecular and Cellular Cardiology

Publication records:
158 full length papers 
174 published abstracts
10 book chapters

10 most important publications:

1. Varró A., Elharrar V., Surawicz B.: Frequency-dependent effects of several class I antiarrhythmic drugs on Vmax of action potential upstroke in canine cardiac Purkinje fibers.    J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacology, 7:482-492, 1985.

2. Varró A., Nakaya Y., Elharrar V., Surawicz B.: Use-dependent effects of amiodarone on Vmax in cardiac Purkinje and ventricular muscle fibers.   Eur. J. Pharmacology, 112:419-422, 1985.

3. Varró A., Lathrop D.A.: Sotalol and mexiletine: combination of rate dependent electrophysiological effects.
J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacology,
16: 557-567, 1990.

4. Varró A., Negretti N., Hester S.B., Eisner D.A.: An estimate of the calcium content of the sarcoplasmic reticulum in rat ventricular myocytes.   Pflügers Arch. Eur. J. Physiology, 423: 158-160, 1993.

5. Negretti N., Varró A., Eisner D.A.: Estimate of net calcium fluxes and sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium content during systole in rat ventricular myocytes.   Journal of Physiology (London), 486: 581-591, 1995.

6. Varró A., Virág L., Papp J.Gy.: Comparison of the chronic and acute effects of amiodarone on the calcium and potassium currents in isolated rabbit cardiac myocytes.   British J. Pharmacology, 117:1181-1186, 1996.

7. Iost N., Virág L., Opincariu M., Szécsi J., Varró A., Papp J. Gy.: Delayed rectifier potassium current in undiseased human ventricular myocytes  Cardiovascular Research, 40, 508-515, 1998.

8. Varró A., Baláti B., Iost N., Takács J., Virág L., Lathrop D. A., Lengyel Cs., Tálosi L., Papp J. Gy.: The role of IKs in dog ventricular muscle and Purkinje fibre repolarisation.    Journal of Physiology (London), 523:67-81, 2000.

9. Biliczki P., Virág L., Iost N., Papp J.Gy., Varró A.: Interaction of different potassioum channels in cardiac repolarization in dog ventricular preparations: role of repolarization reserve  British J. Pharmacology 137: 361-368, 2002

10. Jost N., Virág L., Bitay M., Takács J., Lengyel Cs., Biliczki P., Nagy Zs., Bogáts G., Lathrop D.A., Papp J.Gy., Varró A.: Restricting Excessive Cardiac Action Potential and QT Prolongation  A vital Role for IKs in Human Ventricular Muscle  Circulation. 2005;112:1392-1399.