Dear Friends & Colleagues,
Welcome back to Athens, the cradle of the western civilisation, to run for the second time EUROECHO & other Imaging Modalities, the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), formerly named EAE.
Over the years, EUROECHO has grown more and more to become one of the largest echo meeting in the world. Since the meeting has also expanded its focus to other imaging modalities (ie Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT), it now represents a unique opportunity for in-depth education around non-invasive imaging of cardiovascular diseases.
Usual symposia, satellite sessions, imaging campus, advanced and basic teaching courses will offer a comprehensive educational portfolio brought together by the Scientific Programme Committee, chaired by Prof. Lancellotti, which will meet the educational needs of more than 3 000 colleagues who are expected to attend this meeting.
Special sessions are organised for the young community by the Club 35 Committee and, as happened in Budapest, dedicated initiatives will highlight original research and acknowledge presenters of the best rated abstracts.
As usual during EUROECHO you will also have the opportunity to take the certification exam in transthoracic, transesophageal and congenital heart diseases, to test your expertise and have it certified at a European level.
EACVI will maintain its innovation and is pleased to invite you to the ESC-EACVI stand to show you the new educational initiatives that will be available for the first time at EUROECHO (Echo Box, WikiEcho, Pocket size ultrasound devices Course and other products).
However, EUROECHO is not only education and science; it is also a great opportunity to meet the greatest experts in cardiovascular imaging in the world, to exchange ideas and projects with colleagues who share the same clinical or scientific interest coming from all over the world, and to visit one of the largest exhibitions on cardiovascular imaging and related products.
Finally, the congress is located in the city centre of Athens, close to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Athens has the most glorious history, a city worshipped by Gods and people, where democracy was born as well as most of the wise men of ancient times.
Professor Luigi P. Badano
EAE President 2010 - 2012