DVM, PhD, Dip ECIEM
My research focus lies in equine cardiology, exercise physiology and the adaptation of the heart to exercise.
This interest was initiated with the first research project I carried out at the University pf Bern. This project aimed at testing of a new drug for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in horses (Dr. med. vet-Thesis). After several years of clinical education that allowed me to qualify as a diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, I started a second research project at the University of Zurich. In particular, this project aimed at improving the prediction of the prognosis for horse with valvular regurgitations by measuring cardiac biomarkers at rest and after exercise. This project combined extremely well my interest in equine cardiology and exercise physiology and ended in 2013 when I defended my PhD-Thesis.
The interest in equine cardiology and exercise physiology was then the starting point for me to move to France where I could deepen me knowledge in Equine Sports Medicine in an environment providing access to a horse population mainly composed of race horses. In France, I had also the opportunity to study more in deep the adaptation of the heart to endurance training in young Arabian horses.
Through the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie fellowship I obtained in spring 2015, I got the opportunity to explore a new aspect of equine cardiology, especially by focusing on repolarisation disorders and sudden cardiac death.
- ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5103-8402
- Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-3097-2016
Calloe K, Rognant S, Friis S, Shaughnessy C, Klaerke DA, Trachsel D. Compounds commonly used in equine medicine inhibits the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv11.1. Res Vet Sci. 2019 Apr;123:239-246. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2019.01.009.
Trachsel DS, Tejada MA, Groesfjeld Christensen V, Pedersen PJ, Kanters JK, Buhl R, Calloe K, Klaerke DA. Effects of trimethoprim-sulfadiazine and detomidine on the function of equine Kv 11.1 channels in a two-electrode voltage-clamp (TEVC) oocyte model. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2018 Aug;41(4):536-545. doi: 10.1111/jvp.12502.
Pedersen P.J., Thomsen K.B., Flak J.B., Tejada M.A., Hauser F., Trachsel D., Buhl B., Kalbfleisch T., DePriest M.S., MacLeod J.N., Calloe K., Klaerke D.A. Molecular cloning and functional expression of the K+ channel KV7.1 and the regulatory subunit KCNE1 from equine myocardium. Research in Veterinary Science, 2017, doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2017.09.010
Trachsel DS, Tejada MA, Grøsfjeld Christensen V, Pedersen PJ, Kanters JK, Calloe K, Buhl R, Klaerke DA. European College of Equine Internal Medicine Congress 2016 Abstracts: Trimethoprim-Sulfadiazine has KV11.1 Potassium Channel Blocking Activity in Horses. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2017;31: 604–618. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14649
Lenoir A, Trachsel D.S., Younes M., Barrey E., Robert C. Agreement between ECG and heart rate meter is low for the measurement of heart rate variability during exercise in young endurance horses. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2017, doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00170
Pedersen P.J., Karlsson M., Flethøj M., Trachsel D.S., Kanters J.K., Klaerke D.A., Buhl R.
Differences in the electrocardiographic QT interval of various breeds of athletic horses during rest and exercise. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 2016 Sep;18(3):255-64. doi:10.1016/j.rvsc.2017.09.010
Trachsel D.S., Giraudet A, Maso D, Hervé G, Hauri DD, Barrey E, Robert C. Relationships between body dimensions, body weight, age, gender, breed and echocardiographic dimensions in young endurance horses. BMC Vet Res. 2016 Oct 10;12(1):226
Trachsel D.S., Grenacher B., Schwarzwald C.C. Plasma atrial/A-type natriuretic peptide (ANP) concentration in horses with various heart diseases. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 2015, 17, 216-228
Trachsel D.S., Giraudet A., Hervé G., Maso D., Hauri D.D., Barrey E., Robert C. Relationship between body dimension, body weight, age, gender, breed and echocardiographic dimensions in young endurance horses. Proceedings of the 7th ECEIM Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 06.-08.11.2014.
Trachsel D.S., Giraudet A., Hervé G., Maso D., Robert C. Evolution of echocardiographic dimensions with age and training in young endurance horses. Proceedings of the 9th ICEEP (International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology), Chester, United Kingdome, 15.-18.06.2014.
Trachsel D.S., Schwarzwald C.C., Bitschnau C., Weishaupt M.A.. Analytic validation and comparison of three commercial immunoassays for measurement of plasma atrial/A-type natriuretic peptide concentration in horses-Research in Veterinary Science, 2014, 96, 180-186.
Trachsel D.S., Schwarzwald C.C., Bitschnau C., Grenacher B., Weishaupt M.A. Atrial natriuretic peptide and cardiac troponin I concentrations in healthy Warmblood horses and in Warmblood horses with mitral regurgitation at rest and after exercise. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 2013, 15, 105-121.
Trachsel D.S., Grenacher B., Weishaupt M.A., Schwarzwald C.C. Plasma atrial natriuretic peptide concentrations in horses with heart disease – A pilot study. The Veterinary Journal, 2012, 192, 166-170.
Bitschnau C., Wiestner T., Trachsel D.S., Auer J.A., Weishaupt M.A. Performance parameters and post exercise heart rate recovery in Warmblood sports horses of different performance levels. Equine Veterinary Journal, 2010, 42 (Suppl 38), 17-22.
Trachsel D.S., Bitschnau C., Waldern N., Weishaupt M.A., Schwarzwald C.C. Observer agreement for detection of cardiac arrhythmias on telemetric ECG recordings obtained at rest, during and after exercise in 10 Warmblood horses. Equine Veterinary Journal, 2010, 42 (Suppl 38), 208-215.
Trachsel D., Tschudi P., Portier C.J., Kuhn M., Thormann W., Scholtysik G., Mevissen M. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic effects of amiodarone in plasma of ponies after single intravenous administration- Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2004, 195, 113-125.