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EuroCMR 2019: discussing the value of CMR in Venice

EuroCMR Congress News

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

chiara-2019.jpgmartina-2019.jpgLocal hosts, Associate Professor Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci and Professor Martina Perazzolo Marra, provide a warm welcome as EuroCMR 2019 begins: “Venice is a very special place that has been chosen for a very special meeting. It has been a long time since an ESC Association meeting has been held in Venice and we are very proud to host EuroCMR 2019 here.”

Assoc. Prof. Bucciarelli-Ducci was happy to announce that: “This will be the largest European CMR meeting ever, reaching a record number of around 1,200 total attendees. Delegates attending from all over the world, well beyond Europe, are going to join us at EuroCMR 2019, representing more than 64 countries. We have a record number of trainees who will come to attend the ‘Level 1 certification in CMR track’ and learn how cardiac MRI can enhance their professional pathway and what career opportunities lie ahead. Equally, we also have a large number of established practising cardiologists and radiologists who want to learn more about what cardiovascular MRI can offer to their patients, reflecting modern cardiology practice and the recommendations of the ESC guidelines.”

rodriguez-palomares-jose-2019.jpgDoctor José Rodríguez Palomares, EuroCMR 2019 Programme Chair, explained, “We have aimed to create a scientific programme that has something stimulating and new for everyone. We start the congress with some basic teaching courses and some advanced teaching courses that introduce different quantification methods in CMR—we have included sessions on how to measure and how to interpret new sequences. We have expanded our range of special training courses that cover one specific topic of high interest in a comprehensive and practical way. This year, we have new special training courses on myocardial deformation, 4D flow, extra cardiac findings and scanning cardiac devices. For those working towards certification but who do not have the possibility to assess special cases, we have two sessions where attendees can review and analyse 50 cases online that can be included in their log book.”

“To ensure representation is wide, diverse and truly international, we have 187 speakers from 28 nationalities. To cover as many different topics as possible and increase involvement, we have joint sessions with the other imaging techniques represented within EACVI, with the ESC Working Group on Aorta and Peripheral Vascular Diseases, with the Italian Society of Cardiology’s Working Group on CMR and with international organisations including the Asian Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (ASCI), the Association of the Interamerican Society of Cardiology (ECOSIAC), the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) and the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Society.“

almeida-ana-g-2019.jpgProfessor Ana Almeida, EuroCMR 2019 Abstract Chair, added, “Cutting-edge research will be presented at 15 oral sessions, 5 moderated poster sessions and numerous conventional poster sessions. Among a range of topics, we will discuss widely the value of CMR, including its impact on prognosis, different ways that CMR can be applied and how CMR can be combined with other techniques as part of multimodality. A not-to-be-missed late-breaking science session on Saturday will present the latest results of key trials and population studies. We hope to bring you high-quality research, with the best of this work being recognised with prizes, namely, for the best clinical cases, the best cases from around the world and for outstanding posters. We will have a Young Investigator Award session when the exciting research of our younger members will be showcased.”

Assoc. Prof. Perazzolo Marra said, “EuroCMR 2019 in Venice represents an extraordinary opportunity not only for Italian cardiologists who are currently involved with CMR, but also for the entire Italian cardiology community who appreciate the value of imaging. The increasing attention paid to the application of CMR in Italy is clearly demonstrated by the number of training grant and travel grant applications from different Italian universities. We hope that the great setting of Venice will help many new cardiologists from around the world, to become involved in CMR use and certification, and also enable more specialists to become greater experts in CMR.”