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News from the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee

Message from Professor Marco Roffi, FESC and Doctor Giulio Guagliumi, FESC and respectively Chairman and Co-Chairman of the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee

With these few lines we would like to update you on the activity of the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee.

First of all, we would like to thank all the committee members for the great job they have done this year and at the same time we would like to thank all the EAPCI members who have submitted sessions for ESC Congress 2013.
As you may know, the main task of our committee is to review and grade the sessions submitted by EAPCI members and then forward the best ones (frequently in a modified version to comply with the ESC recommendations) to the ESC Congress Programme Committee (CPC).

For ESC Congress 2013, a total of 49 sessions were submitted to the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee. These sessions were graded and extensively reviewed by the committee members and 24 sessions were selected by our committee to by submitted to the ESC CPC:
  • Five sessions were on acute coronary syndromes/antiplatelet therapy
  • Seven on drug eluting stents/coronary interventions
  • Five on structural heart disease
  • Three on peripheral interventions,
  • And four on miscellaneous topics (among those one on renal denervation)
Among those, seven sessions were submitted either on behalf of a Working Group or were joint sessions between EAPCI and others Working Groups or Associations:

The good news is that the overall acceptance rate for sessions submitted through the EAPCI’s Scientific Programme Committee was 54%, which is representing a substantial increase compared with the previous year (acceptance rate 28%).
While the acceptance rate in sessions submitted to the main topic n° 5 of ESC (Intervention/peripheral circulation/stroke/surgery) was as high as 82%, the acceptance rate to sessions submitted to other main topics was lower (31%).

As a result, within the committee and the EAPCI Board, we discussed strategies to further improve the acceptance rate next year. Of importance is to increase the number of joint sessions with Working Groups or Associations (within the ESC and outside the ESC) and to coordinate with them the submission process.

Importantly, also from the technical point of view, both the submission process to the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee as well as the review process of the sessions within the committee have very much improved thank to the hard work of the EAPCI Office and the other staff members at the Heart House.

We hope that the work done by the EAPCI Scientific Programme Committee will help to shape a successful ESC meeting 2013 in Amsterdam and we look forward to meeting you there.

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