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Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow


Heart Failure 2017: abstract submission opens 3 November


Walk for your Heart at the Heart Failure 2016 congress

The Heart failure specialists of Tomorrow (HoT) group organised the first HoT Walk on Sunday morning during hte Heart Failuree Congress in Florence, Italy.

Nearly 100 people took this opportunity to walk together to explore the charming historical city center of Florence!

The route:


Are you under 40 and interested in heart failure?

Are you full of energy and new ideas?

Are you open to new experiences and international networking in the field of heart failure?

If your answer to these questions is YES, then this initiative, designed by the HFA, is for you. Join us and make the most of all the opportunities our initiative has to offer!

What is HoT?

HoT stands for Heart failure specialists of Tomorrow and is a new initiative designed by the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

Heart failure is an growing problem which will overwhelm cardiology in the near future. We want you to be the future of the HFA and actively help us to tackle this global health priority.

The HOT initiative provides a platform for an active and creative network of young people interested in heart failure in an unique interdisciplinary manner. We want to ensure mutual collaboration between different young professionals including cardiologists, nurses, physiotherapists, scientists and other disciplines. 

The goal of the HOT initiative is to spread the HFA's mission to the younger generation and to promote young excellence in the HFA field and the heart failure.

How to join the Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow

The HoT membership is free!

In order to become a HoT member, you need to be:

  1. at least a Regular member of the HFA (free of charge). Other memberships are available if you want further services
  2. a professional in training (cardiologist, nurse, physiotherapist or other professional) or a student aiming to become one of these professionals
  3. or you are under 40

If you are interested in the HoT initiative, please fill out this form so that we can contact you.

Why join the Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow?

Involvement in the HoT initiative will help you to:

  • Find out about ongoing educational, clinical and scientific events and opportunities in the field of heart failure (congresses, courses, webinars, fellowships, grants, etc.).
  • Network with your peers interested in the field of heart failure, working in different countries and in different positions (cardiologists, nurses, scientists, physiotherapists, and others).
  • Be directly involved in the initiatives led by HoT members, and also initiate novel projects to be performed together.
  • Develop your expertise and competence in the field of heart failure and develop your career towards the specialisation of heart failure.


Importantly, the HFA has a special membership fee for under 40's. For 72 euros, you have access to the HFA Online Education modules, the online version of the European Journal of Heart Failure and access to HF congress slides and educational material. You can join also HFA committees and contribute to HFA newsletters and educational materials.

HoT Upcoming

During the HFA Congress 2016 in Florence, we are planning events for HoT members:

  • HoT Spot at the HFA booth in the Exhibition
  • Young cocktail at the Agora (after Inaugural Session)
  • networking meeting for HoT national representatives
  • sessions of challenging clinical case sessions – the submission is now open  with a deadline of 24 February. This year there is a new category for nurses and allied professionals

The HoT initiative is designed for nurses and allied health professionals. What can we offer?

 The HoT initiative aims to support nurses to develop their clinical and academic expertise through access to education, training and international collaboration with experts in the field. Becoming a HoT member is a great way for nurses to network with other disciplines and stay up-to-date with novel advances in HF.

To promote the HoT initiative among nurses we attendED the British Society for Heart Failure annual Heart Failure Nurse Study Day, March 2016 where nurses had the opportunity to meet HoT members and learn about the benefits we offer.

We hosted a ‘HoT track’ as part of the Heart Failure 2016: 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, May 2016, Florence, where nurses had the opportunity to submit abstracts and clinical cases .

To find out more about the HoT initiative and the unique opportunities it offers to nurses we plan to publish a HoT nursing paper. Join HoT today and help us to raise the international profile of HF nursing.

 The HoT initiative is also for basic scientists and translational scientists. What can we offer?

 The HoT initiative gathers young people (undergraduate or PhD students, postdocs aged 40 and under) from different disciplines (medicine, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, biomedical engineering, etc.), who are involved in research projects in the field of heart failure.

HoT network will help you to:

  • initiate basic and translational research in the field of heart failure;
  • get up-to-dated information on the newest techniques and research equipment for your scientific projects;
  • find connections and clinical relevance of your research by interacting with heart failure specialist clinicians and study nurses;
  • find out about every relevant scientific events and educational opportunities in the field of heart failure (congresses, courses, webinars, fellowships, grants, etc.).


The HoT initiative has already established a co-operation with the Scientists of Tomorrow (SoT), the initiative of the Basic Research Council of ESC. Further information can be found here .

 HoT Initiative gallery

At the HFA Congress 2015

  1. During the HFA Congress 2015 in Sevilla, the following events were organized for HoT members:
  • HoT spot at the HFA booth (>100 new onsite registered HoT members)
  • Young Cocktail at the Agora
  • Networking meeting for HoT national representatives
  • 9 sessions of 76 challenging clinical case sessions out of >180 submitted abstracts.

HoT and the European Journal of Heart Failure

Early in 2016, Prof. Marco Metra, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Heart Failure invited HoT members to apply to review papers for this journal.

The response was encouraging and over the next few months, several HoT members will be invited as additional reviewers and will be added to the usual reviewers for each article. Their reviews will be ranked by the associate editors. At the next HFA Congress in Florence 2016, the five best HoT reviewers will be anounced and awarded.

HoT in national societies

HoT national representatives are responsible for establishing and promoting the HoT initiative in their country and serving as a link between HoT members in their country and the HoT nucleus.

Go to the HoT national representative list and find the contact name for your country as well as the link to the national HoT webpage. If your country does not have one yet, please contact us and we will advise you when one is selected.

Task force members

Ewa Jankowska (Wroclaw, PL) E-mail

Place of work: Laboratory for Applied Research on Cardiovascular System, Department of Heart Diseases, Wroclaw Medical University, and Department of Cardiology, Centre for Heart Diseases, Military Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland

Areas of interest: iron deficiency and anaemia in heart failure, metabolic derangements in heart failure (e.g. anabolic/catabolic imbalance), biomarkers in heart failure

Rui Placido (Lisbon, PT)

Place of work: Santa Maria University Hospital, Cardiology Department, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, CCUL, Lisbon, Portugal

Areas of interest: multimodality imaging in heart failure, biomakers in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular dysfunction.

  Giuseppe Vergaro (Pisa, IT) E-mail

Place of work: Division of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Gabriele Monasterio Foundation, Pisa and Institute of Life Sciences, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy

Areas of interest: neurohormonal activation and peripheral feedbacks in heart failure; biomarkers in heart failure; cardiomyopathies.

Markus Wallner (Philadelphia, US)

Place of work: Cardiovascular Research Center Temple, University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, US

Area of interests: heart failure, cardiac regeneration, basic research

  Sophie Welch (London, GB)

Place of work: Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, London, United Kingdom

Areas of interest: genetics in heart failure, treatment decision-making in heart failure

Can-Martin Sag (DE)

Place of work: Department of Cardiology, University hospital of Regensburg, Germany

Areas of interest: Molecular mechanisms of heart failure as well as heart failure related arrhythmogenesis on the in vitro level (Calcium and ROS-signaling in cardiac myocytes) as well as on the in vivo level(echocardiographic and electrophysiologic studies)

  Tamas Radovits (HU) E-mail

Place of work: Heart and Vascular Center, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Areas of interest: experimental cardiology and cardiac surgery; animal models of myocardial hypertrophy, heart failure and heart transplantation; in vivo hemodynamics, left ventricular P-V analysis; diabetic cardiomyopathy; cGMP-signalling


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