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A vision for EACVI’s united future: Prof. Thor Edvardsen, EACVI President 2018–2020


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Prof. Thor Edvarsen

Professor Thor Edvardsen is Head of the Department of Cardiology at Oslo University Hospital, Norway and a professor at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo. He has authored more than 270 international scientific peer-reviewed publications, many in high-impact journals, and written more than 20 book chapters and books. He is active in clinical and experimental research in the area of myocardial function, with particular expertise in cardiac ultrasound, cardiac magnetic resonance, computed tomography and haemodynamics.

After many years as an EACVI member and serving on the Board since 2010, Prof. Edvardsen will now become EACVI President for 2018–2020. “I am very honoured to be President of such a great and growing organisation,” he said. “The main vision of my presidency will be to try to get Europe together in all aspects of cardiovascular imaging.”

“The leadership and membership of EACVI should stand together to represent the voice of imaging in Europe and also worldwide.”

Prof. Edvardsen continued, “To ensure that ‘Europe’ does really mean ‘Europe’, it is very important to help all member countries receive as much education as they require in different areas of cardiovascular imaging. We will continue to cover both standard and advanced educational needs but will also launch some new training courses across all modalities.” In addition, he described a new initiative that aims to standardise and advance practices within Europe: “EACVI will soon have a new Scientific Initiatives Committee. One project will involve circulating surveys to all European national societies to ask what kind of imaging techniques they are using in different cardiac diseases. Results of these surveys will be published in European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging and all members will be able to see the practices of different countries and how we should do it. The aim is to better unify the whole thinking around how we make diagnoses to help us improve patient care. In addition, we will create a stronger research network by capitalising on all our national societies and bringing together registries that exist on different imaging modalities. We will also enhance our collaborations with industry to push forward technical developments.”

He explained, “Within EACVI, we will continue to provide support to our young colleagues in terms of training and research grants and listen to their expectations and ideas. For more established imagers, we will launch a new distinction of ‘Fellow of the EACVI’ so that excellence in cardiovascular imaging can be more easily recognised.”

“Focusing on advocacy,” said Prof. Edvardsen, “We aim to enhance our engagement with patients to better define their needs in terms of access to information and education. We also hope to improve patient care by further developing and promoting multimodality imaging. We expect to have multimodality imaging certification in place by 2020, in time for EACVI 2020, which we believe will be the world’s leading reference event in cardiovascular multimodality imaging.”

He concluded, “I wish to thank my predecessor and the Board 2016–2018 for their inspiring efforts and hope we can continue to stand together for sustained progress in 2018–2020.”