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Barcelona: A vibrant setting for EACVI 2020

EuroEcho 2019 Congress News

Imaging


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“We are delighted that Barcelona will be the venue for the first multimodality congress from the EACVI,” say local hosts, Professor Arturo Evangelista and Professor Marta Sitges.

Prof. Evangelista is Vice President of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, organiser of the Spanish Congress of Cardiology and Head of Imaging at the Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona. Prof. Evangelista explains, “We have several centres of excellence for cardiovascular imaging in Barcelona. The cardiac imaging unit at Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron is well known for its wide portfolio of multimodality techniques and its strong research reputation based on multidisciplinary teamwork with the Radiology Department and engineers .We also hold our own annual week-long multimodality training course for delegates from all over Spain and South America. These multimodality training programmes are very popular and successful—I’m sure the same will be said of EACVI 2020, an international gathering to discuss the latest advances in all cardiac imaging modalities.”

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Prof. Sitges is currently the Director of the Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona. The Cardiac Imaging Section at Hospital Clínic is also world renowned for its teaching and research tradition. A strong collaboration with radiologists and engineers has been recently promoted with the acquisition of a dedicated cardiovascular magnetic resonance scanner together with previous shared scanners and a cardiac computed tomography machine. “These two cardiac imaging units in Barcelona are examples of the many state-of-the-art imaging centres that exist in Spain. The growth of physicians dedicated to cardiac imaging and those who want to learn more is increasing exponentially with a clear direction towards multimodality training,” says Prof. Sitges.

Known for its eclectic style and amazing architecture, Barcelona itself is well connected and is easily reached from the rest of Europe and the world. EACVI 2020 will take place at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, which has hosted many large international medical congresses including ESC Congress 2017. The large Fira conference centre has good transport links via the metro and affordable taxi transfers from the city and airport.

Prof. Evangelista and Prof. Sitges conclude, “As the imaging techniques come together in one congress, we do hope that you will join us in Barcelona for EACVI 2020—on many levels, this promises to be a not-to-be-missed event.”