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Meet some HFA Travel Grant recipients and Young Investigator Award finalists

Heart Failure Congress News

This year, more than 200 HFA Travel Grants were offered to young professionals. Professor Ewa A Jankowska (Wroclaw Medical University and University Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland), the current coordinator of the Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow (HoT) says, “The development of the HFA requires a combination of the experience of experts and the new ideas and modern approach of its younger members. We need to do all we can to encourage our younger members and integrate them into the association, and initiatives such as the travel grants and participation in congresses, HFA committees and study groups, are an important way of achieving this.”

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Dr. Caitlin Cheshired, physician, UK, YIA Clinical – Finalist

Caitlin-Cheshire-2019.jpgDoctor Caitlin Cheshire, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK, will be speaking about the use of population-derived magnetic resonance imaging predicted heart mass equations for donor-recipient size matching in heart transplantation and its relation to survival. A mobile phone app—the Royal Papworth Heart Transplant Sizing App—has been developed and will soon be available to allow other cardiologists to apply these equations to their work, “I certainly feel honoured to have been selected to  present what I think is very interesting work at Heart Failure 2019. I am still very early in my career and my PhD and the chance to discuss our work at this very prestigious congress provides an important opportunity for exposure to leading professionals in the heart failure field. I think that this experience will help to foster my career ambitions to work in the advanced heart failure and transplantation field and hopefully lead to further opportunities and collaborations.”

Dr. Katelyn Bruno, instructor of medicine, USA Travel Grant Awardee

Katelyn-Bruno-2019.jpg“As both a YIA finalist and a presenter in one of this year’s ‘Rapid fire’ sessions, Heart Failure 2019 is a fantastic opportunity for me to present research from the team at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, USA, that may ultimately make a real difference to patients with heart failure. However, without the financial assistance provided by the HFA travel grant I would definitely not be able to come to the congress and I am immensely grateful for the association’s support in allowing me to be present. It is difficult to overstate how important attendance at European meetings is for researchers from the USA. International recognition is vital to career progression and the potential collaboration and career opportunities this congress will give me, through networking and raising awareness of my work, will be invaluable.”

Dr. Guido Pastorin, physician, Italy YIA Basic science and translational science – Finalist

Guido-Pastorini-2019.jpgCardiologist-in-training, Doctor Guido Pastorini, will be discussing a rare and unusual case report of a patient with acute heart failure who experienced two causes of cardiogenic shock—thrombus and haemorrhage—within weeks of each other. By using a variety of imaging and management techniques, the clinical team were able to successfully treat the patient’s condition. “Our report is an example of how a good clinical outcome can be achieved, even in complex and atypical cases of heart failure, with the collective efforts of a multidisciplinary team. Our report also provides important information regarding the management of this uncommon clinical presentation, for which there is little documented evidence. I was thrilled and honoured to hear I had been given the chance to talk about this work at such an important meeting. For me, this is the crowning achievement of my career so far. It is a great opportunity to give visibility to the team’s work and to present to international leaders and peers in the field. It will also help me to widen my network of potential collaborators and investigators.”

Dr. Marcin Drozd, physician, Poland, Travel Grant Awardee

Marcin-Drozd-2019.jpg“I am really grateful to the HFA for awarding me a travel grant to attend Heart Failure 2019. The congress offers a great chance to see the latest data and to meet with peers. I am particularly looking forward to discovering what research is being conducted in my field, finding out about innovative ideas, new information and new research programmes, and seeing the results of major clinical trials. I think it is really good the HFA understands that not all members are in a financial position to attend congresses and provides the support to enable more of these members to benefit from the opportunities the congress presents.”