The biggest benefit of presenting my research: « Exercise echocardiographic determinants of BNP changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular function » at the 2014 Young Investigator Award contest was the opportunity to share my work with well-known senior researchers. This allowed me to obtain important comments and advice to improve my work. After this experience, I was able to publish 3 original articles as first author in peer reviewed journals. This accomplishment during my 2-year fellowship in valvular heart disease, advanced echocardiography and research at the University of Liège, Belgium definitively helped me to obtain grants to continue my research at the Montreal Heart Institute, Canada. Also, this was a great opportunity for networking and developing further collaboration with European colleagues. Accordingly, I am involved in the Young Echocardiographers of Canada, a group formed by the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and it’s always a pleasure to share ideas and research opportunities with our colleagues from the EACVI Heart Imagers of Tomorrow (HIT). Finally, thanks to my Young Investigator Award nomination, I have been invited to present at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography. This was also a great opportunity for networking with Japanese colleagues, but also to visit this beautiful country and taste delicious sushi!
Dr. C. Henri, Ste Anne Des Plaines, CA
Young Investigator Award winner- EuroEcho-Imaging 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
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