Dr Michele Brignole is the Head of Cardiology at the Arrhythmologic Centre, Osped-ali Tigullio in Lavagna, Genoa. He is member in good standing of the Italian Associazione Medici Cardiologi Ospedalieri (ANMCO) and of the Associazione Italiana di Aritmologia e Cardiostimolazione (AIAC). He is also a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He serves as reviewer in many international cardiological journals and has published 134 original papers and 55 invited articles and book chapters. He gained a degree in Medicine at the University of Genoa in 1976.