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Milan, Italy, is to be the host of the next EuroEcho-Imaging congress (5–8 December 2018). Boasting three airports, Milan is seen as a great location, with good transportation links both into and around the city as well as excellent conference facilities, hotels, and infrastructure.
Professor Maurizio Galderisi (University of Naples, Naples, Italy), Vice Chair of the Echo Section of European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) is one of two local hosts of the Milan congress. The second is Professor Franck Benedetto (the 2017–2018 President of the Italian Society of Echocardiography; SIECVI).
Prof. Galderisi is pleased that Milan has been chosen for next year’s congress and says he suggested the city because the congress has not been held in Italy for a while. “Milan is a wonderful choice, and I personally promoted it, because the EuroEcho-Imaging congress has been absent from Italy for many years; the last time was in Florence in 2005” he comments.
Several years ago, as part of the Society’s drive towards multimodal imaging, the then European Association of Echocardiography changed its name to become European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI); its current name. In 2020, the name of the congress will also change its title referring to all cardiac imaging and not only to Echo.
For now, explains Prof. Galderisi, the congress will hold onto the title EuroEcho-Imaging “because every year the society also runs two other meetings in parallel—one on cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and another on cardiac computed tomography (CT) and nuclear cardiology”. But, he adds that “practically speaking” Milan may be one of the last times that the meeting will be called “EuroEcho-Imaging.” Over the last two years, he observes, the congress has already started to reflect a merging of all methodologies of cardiac imaging and this will continue to be the case in Milan. “Side by side with echocardiography (echo), we have a lot of sessions and courses on cardiac MR, on cardiac CT, and on nuclear cardiology—covering virtually all non-invasive cardiac imaging modalities.”
The format of EuroEcho-Imaging 2018 will remain similar to previous meetings, with several sessions featuring lectures from experts in different fields of cardiac imaging. There will also be many practical courses in which participants will have an opportunity to try out different cardiac imaging machines and methodologies. Prof. Galderisi believes that having “hands-on” sessions boosts the value of a congress.
In Milan, like this year’s congress, there will be opportunities to take exams in different certifications. He says: “Participants will have studied different cardiac imaging methodologies all year and, by taking the exams, will acquire the title of cardiac imagers. This is a mark that can be used with great advantages in each country of the European community.”
The process of designing the programme and deciding key themes for next year’s congress will begin in January 2018, following the completion of EuroEcho-Imaging 2017. The EACVI consists of three sections—an Echo section, a Cardiac MR section, and a Cardiac CT/Nuclear Cardiology section. Each of the three sections has a Chair and a Vice-Chair. The Vice President of the EACVI, along with the chair of the echo section are the scientific chairs and form a congress committee on which all the three different cardiac imaging communities are represented. This committee modulates and creates the different strands of the programme.
Prof. Galderisi is currently Vice-Chair of the echo section, and will automatically become its chair next year when the Milan congress ends. He says that the process to shape the final programme is very democratic and involves all of the membership, commenting: “All members of the EACVI can propose symposia, and courses, and the congress committee examines the different suggestions. If the majority of the committee approve a given course or symposia and vote in its favour, it will then be organised. Members can also nominate speakers for these sessions.”
The deadline for abstract submission is usually June in the year of the congress. The commission is blinded to the authors before judging the abstracts’ contents... There will be a cash award for the best, and other prizes include cardiac imaging books and free entry to the next congress.
Prof. Galderisi comments that EuroEcho-Imaging 2018 will attract a lot of delegates. He says: “EuroEcho-Imaging has the highest participation in a congress on cardiac imaging globally. Even when we hold the conference in a city with a lot of tourist attractions, I am sure that delegates are not distracted by them and prefer to come to the sessions.”
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