Stephan von Haehling is a consultant cardiologist and Professor of Metabolic Cardiology at the Department of Cardiology and Pneumology at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany. He obtained his MD at the Institute of Immunology at Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany. His PhD was awarded by Imperial College, London, UK after he completed studies into inflammatory mechanisms of heart failure at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London. Professor von Haehling has authored more than 320 original research papers, review articles, and editorials in peer-‐ reviewed journals and serves on several editorial boards, including Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, ESC Heart Failure, Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, Cardiology Research and Practice as well as Archives of Medical Science. Professor von Haehling is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC. His research interests include the pathophysiology and the co-‐morbidities of heart failure with particular focus on muscle wasting, biomarkers, and novel treatments.