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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 calendar20/06/201817:00 23/06/201812:00 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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Heart Failure (HF)


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 open. 

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: 25 February 2018


  • 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
  • Piotr Ponikowski, Poland
  • Frank Ruschitzka, Switzerland
  • Petar Seferovic, Serbia
  • Scott Solomon, United States of America
Teaching Assistants
  • Maya Cikès, 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.



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 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: 25 February 2018
  • Announcement of results:  March 2018

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