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What does receiving a travel grant mean for you? 


Topics: Arrhythmias
Date: 24 Jun 2013
Annabel Campbell, PhD student from Glasgow, Scotland, and Pablo Ruiz, EP trainee in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, share what receiving a travel award means to them and how it influenced their attendance at the meeting.

Annabel Campbell, PhD student from Glasgow University, Scotland

As a PhD student I’ve only got a small amount of travel funding for my entire course so it was wonderful to hear that I’d received the award.

Last year I attended the European Working Group of Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology (EWGCCE) meeting in Nantes, which was a smaller meeting providing a real opportunity and environment for PhD students to meet investigators working on similar topics. This time I’m also looking forward to attending EHRA talks, which should provide a more translational approach, and give me a chance to learn more about the clinical research.
I’m particularly interested in attending the sessions on gap junctions in myocardial disease and cardiac ischaemia, as this is directly related to my work, and will give me a chance to see what other people in the field are working on. I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the international experts and having the opportunity to ask them questions.

Pablo Ruiz, EP trainee in Center: Complejo Hospitalario Universitario Insular Materno Infantil de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Without having the travel award I simply wouldn’t have been able to attend the meeting, which I regard as the most important European meeting in Electrophysiology. So finding out that I had won the award was really exciting for me, especially as I had already had two abstracts accepted for presentation that I wanted to discuss. The award covers registration for the congress, 2013 EHRA basic membership and, partially, travel expenses.

Applying for the travel grant (after the acceptance of my abstracts) was a really easy process that just involved following a web link and providing proof of age and details of the abstracts I was presenting. I have great hopes that attending EHRA EUROPACE 2013 will help to really improve my knowledge of EP. I’m particularly planning to attend sessions on the genetics of arrhythmias, channelopathies and ventricular arrhythmias, which are my main fields of interest and were the subject of my PhD thesis.