About the AFIP foundation

The AFIP foundation is a Public Benefit Organization and consists of medical researchers who aim to improve communication between patients suffering from Atrial Fibrillation and professionals. The AFIP team includes the research groups of Prof. Bianca Brundel and Prof. Natasja de Groot. Furthermore, the foundation aims at improving treatment of Atrial Fibrillation through innovative studies related at uncovering of the mechanism driving Atrial Fibrillation, development of novel diagnostics to early detect Atrial Fibrillation, and discovery of novel potential curing medicines.

AFIP’s Mission

Funding is required in order to set up innovative studies. And you can help. Through the AFIP platform everyone has the possibility to donate for or participate in research projects. We believe Atrial Fibrillation can be stopped through collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients. The AFIP foundation aims to:

  • Share knowledge among individuals on Atrial Fibrillation
  • Use patients’ input to set up innovative studies
  • Collect funding to set up studies to test alternative drugs

AFIP’s goals

We strive to support our mission and achieve our goals through:


Informing patients on our Atrial Fibrillation research results


Keeping patients updated with our research progress and tips related to Atrial Fibrillation


Involving patients in setting up new Atrial Fibrillation research through (community) discussions


Offering patients opportunities to participate in Atrial Fibrillation studies

Founders of AFIP Foundation

The Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Platform (AFIP) is founded by Prof. Bianca Brundel (Amsterdam UMC, VU Medical Center) and Prof. Natasja de Groot (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam) in 2016. Together, Bianca and Natasja collaborate on multiple research projects which have been supported by parties such as the Dutch Heart Foundation, Dutch Cardiovascular Research Initiative, the Technology and Science foundation and Medical Delta.

Our website provides information on our mission, novel developments in the field of diagnostics and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, results from our academical research team, research groups in VUmc and EMC, contact information and our research partners.


Prof. Dr. Natasja de Groot

Cardiologist at Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Atrial Fibrillation researcher

Prof. Dr. Bianca Brundel

Molecular and cellular biologist at VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What happens to your donation?

The AFIP foundation is a Public Benefit Organization. All funds will be maintained by the founders of the foundation. Both board members do not receive any form of compensation for their performed activities.

Donations to the AFIP foundation are exclusively used for website maintenance or materials needed to perform innovative studies. In case of abrogation, all remaining funds will be donated to comparable foundations, such as the Dutch Heart Foundation and Hart4Onderzoek.  

RSIN reference: 856271767

Board members:
President: Prof. dr. B.J.J.M. Brundel
Secretary treasurer: Prof. Dr. N. de Groot
Board members do not receive any compensation for executed activities.

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