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Clinical Trialists Summer School

An event for intellectual interaction between key opinion leaders in Heart Failure, principal investigators in major clinical trials in Heart Failure and young clinicians already or about to become Heart Failure specialists

Add to calendar 20/06/2018 17:00 23/06/2018 12:00 Europe/Paris Clinical Trialists Summer School

Summer School is based on state-of-the-art lectures on novelties in heart failure by key opinion leaders and principal investigators, rapid presentations by some young clinicians, interactive discussions, mentoring, social and summer sport activities.

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Summer School is based on state-of-the-art lectures on novelties in heart failure by key opinion leaders and principal investigators, rapid presentations by some young clinicians, interactive discussions, mentoring, social and summer sport activities.

Submit your application

The call for application is now close. 


First, please ensure that your My ESC profile is up to date.

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Indeed, important selection criteria will be automatically selected from your My ESC profile: please check the fields “My personal details” and “My activities”.

When your profile is up to date, fill in the electronic application form!

NB: you will also be required to upload your CV and a motivation letter.

Application form

Deadline: 11 March 2018

Testimonials from 2017 participants

The CTSS 2017 was a well organised meeting for Heart Failure enthusiasts under the supervision of high-profile lecturers in the field. The atmosphere was stimulating and there was time for networking and scientific discussions in the fantastic surrounding of Cape Sounio. With regard to my own development, the course has encouraged me to take the role of a National Lead (Sweden) in an international Heart Failure trail (AFFIRM-AHF).

I highly recommend the CTSS 2018 for all future Heart Failure Specialists and Clinical Trialists!

Erasmus Bachus, MD, PhD, FHFA, CAS in Heart Failure


If you are interested in Clinical Trials with a special emphasis on Heart Failure then the HFA Clinical Trialist Summer School is really the course for you! I was privileged to be selected and attended the first edition of the course. It was great!

Not only will you interact and learn by attending interactive lectures and workshops given by world experts, but you will also have the opportunity to get to know them and share your thoughts and ideas with them. You will also meet colleagues from all over the world and you will have the opportunities to make new friends. Last but not least, the scenery is magnificent. Sounio in summer is amazing! Good food, beautiful environment (the sea and the sun are all the time there), world experts teaching you in an almost one to one basis! What else can you ask for? Apply!!! 

George Michas, final year Cardiology trainee based in Athens, Greece.


  • To provide initial training in clinical investigation for young Heart Failure specialists
  • To combine focused in-person interactive learning sessions lectures with online/blended learning in both an intensive onsite and longitudinal manner
  • Focus on skills generation in particular:
    • How to read and critique literature, trials, data
    • Basics of data management/analysis
    • Secondary analysis of epidemiological/trial datasets
    • Basics of clinical trial design
    • Ethical conduct of research
    • How to be an effective site investigator

Preliminary Programme 2018

Preparatory stages leading to the Clinical Trialists Summer School 2018

We want to ensure that all students have a basic knowledge of statistical principles prior to the course so that everyone begins on roughly the same level. In order to achieve this, we expect all students to complete a limited amount of on-line learning prior to the course, focusing on understanding types of data, summarizing data, inference and types of error.

 Beginning of April 2018: preparatory materials sent to CTSS participants

  • End of May 2018: face-to-face meeting during the HFA Congress for CTSS participants attending the congress with course directors/faculties
  • May/June 2018: online video conference for CTSS with statisticians

Onsite programme 

2018 Preliminary programme

List of Faculties 2018


  • Stefan Anker, Germany
  • Brian Claggett, United States of America
  • Ashey Suvas Desai, United States of America
  • Gerasimos Filippatos, Greece
  • Arno Hoes, Netherlands
  • Ewa Jankowska, Poland
  • Marco Metra, Italy
  • Georgios Nikopoulos, Greece
  • Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Greece
  • Frank Ruschitzka, Switzerland
  • Petar Seferovic, Serbia
  • Scott Solomon, United States of America

Teaching Assistants

  • Maja Cikes, Croatia
  • Kevin Damman, Netherlands


Meeting participation will be limited to 35 people. Two thirds will be young clinicians with an interest in the field of Heart Failure and the other participants will be faculty members.

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Young clinicians will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Highly motivated clinicians with interest in a career in clinical investigation
  • MD degree, at least, with clinical training in Heart Failure
  • Experience in research as evidenced by prior abstract presentation or/and manuscript publication
  • Silver membership of the Heart Failure Association

All participants are expected to attend the whole meeting.

If your application is accepted, a participation fee of €800 (+ Greek VAT) will be requested (registration will open once candidates are notified). This fee covers participation in the sessions as well as 3 nights' accommodation plus meals.

Each participant will need need to arrange their travel at their own expense.

Travel Grants

For 5 highly motivated participants from low-income countries, 5 grants of €500 will be allocated.

The selection will be based on the following criteria: age (below 30 -> 2points; above ->1points), and country of origin (low income countries -> 5points; middle income countries -> 3points; above ->1point).

Please send your request to


  • Applications open: 12 January 2018
  • Applications close: 11 March 2018
  • Announcement of results:  March 2018

All applicants will be informed by email, whether their application has been successfully received.