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Special Lectures of the ESC

Four special-named Lectures given each year during ESC Congress

The ESC chooses renowned scientists who, through original contributions and qualified investigation, are accepted by their peers as leading experts in their fields of knowledge.

They cover the areas of Clinical Cardiology, Interventional cardiology, Population Science and Basic Science. 

ESC Named Lectures during ESC Congress 2015:


ESC Andreas Grüntzig Lecture on Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology, where real life and science not necessarily meet

Bernard Meier (Bern, CH)

Bernhard Meier

Current position: Chairman and Professor of Cardiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center Bern, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.
Swiss native. Training at the medical school of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, graduated 1975 (best of 180). Board certified for internal medicine 1980 and cardiology 1983. Cardiology training at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

1983 - 1992 Head of invasive cardiology, University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.
1992 - Chairman and Professor of Cardiology, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.
2001 - Rotating Chairman, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.

Specialized in interventional cardiology. Involved in coronary angioplasty since the first case performed by Andreas Grüntzig on September 16, 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland. Author and co-author of numerous books, reviews, and original articles on cardiology, in particular interventional cardiology. Organizer and active participant of countless educational meetings on interventional cardiology. Fellow of the American Collage of Cardiology and of the European Society of Cardiology. Past president of the Swiss Society of Cardiology. Recipient of several awards.

ESC William Harvey Lecture on Basic Science

Microcircular networks: the business end of the circulation

Axel Radlach Pries (Berlin, DE)

Axel Pries

Axel Radlach Pries studied medicine at the University of Cologne and defended his doctoral thesis in 1980 with ‘summa cum laude’. He worked as postdoctoral fellow in Cologne and Berlin University and 1997-1998 at the Institute of Anaesthesiology of the German Heart Center Berlin. 1998 he became full professor at the Department of Physiology, Free University Berlin and 2001 head of the Charité Institute for Physiology. His scientific interests include microcirculation, tumor vasculature, blood rheology, vascular adaptation, angiogenesis, and the endothelial surface layer. He was general secretary of the ESM (European Society for Mirocirculation) and is char of the International Liaison Committee for Microcirculation. In the ESC, he was chair of the Working Group for Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation and the Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (CBCS). Since 2015, he is dean of the Charité University Medicine Berlin.


ESC Rene Laennec Lecture on Clinical Cardiology

The interaction of acute blood pressure change, pericardial restraint and acute outflow tract stretch - A new paradigm underlying sudden cardiac death 
George Sutherland (London, UK)

George Sutherland

Professor Sutherland graduated from Edinburgh University in 1972.  He trained in Adult Cardiology and in Paediatric Cardiology.  In 1983 he was appointed a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist in Southampton before recruitment as Head of the Adolescent Congenital Heart Disease Clinic and Director of Echocardiography in the Thoraxcenter, Rotterdam. In 1990 he returned to Edinburgh as a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow.  In 1996 he was appointed Professor of Cardiology in the Heart Centre, Linkoping, Sweden. To develop a Cardiac Imaging Research Centre, he was appointed Professor of Cardiac Imaging in the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1998.  He returned to the UK in 2004 as Professor in Cardiac Imaging, St George’s Hospital, London. Prior to his retirement in 2013 he was Director of the King Faisal Heart Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2012. His final position was Visiting Professor in Cardiology at the University of Leuven and the Free University Brussels from 2012 to 2013.

During his career Professor Sutherland was Secretary of the ESC Echo Working Group (1991-93), Chairman Elect (1998-2000) and Chairman of the Working Group in Echo (2000-2002).  He was a member of the ESC Science Council (2002-2004) and Deputy Editor of the European Heart Journal (2002-2004). He  published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in major Cardiology Journals, 63 book chapters and  edited five cardiology books. His work was recognised by being made a Founding Fellow of the ESC. During his career he trained over 100 European Research Fellows. During the 1970s he was involved in many of the first correlative echo/morphology descriptions of major congenital heart anomalies. In the 1980s, he helped develop both Adult and Paediatric transoesophageal echocardiography. During the past 20 years he introduced and developed echo based Strain and Strain Rate imaging.  

ESC Geoffrey Rose Lecture on Population Sciences

Optimising cardiovascular health: old and new challenges

Kay-Tee Khaw (Cambridge, UK)

Kay-Tee Khaw

Kay Tee Khaw is Professor of Clinical Gerontology, University of Cambridge.   
She trained in medicine at Girton College, University of Cambridge and St. Mary's Hospital, University of London (now Imperial College). She worked under Geoffrey Rose in clinical medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital, University of London (now Imperial College) and subsequently in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with later clinical and academic posts in the University of London and University of California San Diego.

Her research interests are the maintenance of health in later life and the causes and prevention of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and hormones. The research is based on longitudinal population studies and clinical trials.   She is a principal investigator in the European Prospective Investigation in Cancer in Norfolk, part of a ten country half million participant research collaboration over two decades.  She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK and has a National Institutes of Health Research Senior Investigator award.