By Ingo Ahrens,
Chairperson of the Association for Acute CardioVascular Care Research Section*
Research and education are the two main pillars of professional organisations. With the creation of a dedicated research section* in 2018 within its board structure, the ACVC offers the unique ability to reach out to all professionals in the field, thereby enabling young and established researchers to network across all facets of acute cardiovascular care.
Founded in 2014, the Research Prize in Acute Cardiovascular Care has become the most prestigious scientific prize for unpublished original research in the field.
Each year >50 high scoring abstracts submitted from all continents of the world are considered for selection of the four finalists that present their work at the Research Prize Finalist Session taking place each year at the annual Acute Cardiovascular Care Congress.
A research network has been initiated in 2019 and will be developed over the coming two years to make ACVC the number one place and platform in the world for research in the field of acute cardiovascular care. Stay tuned!
Two early-career clinician-scientists have been appointed to lead that network: Dr. Xavier Rosello (Translational research) and Dr. Guido Tavazzi (Imaging) in acute cardiac care.
Together with the team, they will reach out to their peers, approach high-performing research centres and individuals in the field of acute cardiac care in order to facilitate collaboration and to help initiate multicenter projects dedicated to all aspects in acute cardiac care from bench to bedside.
A new scientific group "Clinical Trials in Acute Cardiovascular Care (CTACC)“ has just been established under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Holger Thiele. This group will facilitate multicenter randomised clinical trials in acute cardiac care. It will also watch to identify relevant EU projects for ACVC or propose new topics.
The transatlantic collaboration with clinician-scientists and researchers from North-America is steadily growing, thereby opening multiple opportunities for researchers to exchange and collaborate on scientific initiatives and to set up multinational projects.
ACVC is also more active and visible in the ESC programme for EURObservational Registries and Surveys with two registries on Acute Coronary Syndrome STEMI (ACS) Registry and Chronic Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease (CICD) Registry.
As you see, the future for research and science in acute cardiovascular care is bright, there are many unmet clinical needs and multiple opportunities to engage in scientific projects within the ACVC community.
With our annual congress focusing on research and education and offering the full range of aspects in acute cardiovascular disease, there is barely a need to attend other meetings in the field.
*ACVC Research Section
- Chair: Ingo Ahrens
- Co-Chair: Marek Gierlotka
- Contributors: Christoph Sinning, Bertil Lindahl, Christian Mueller, Francois Schiele, Lionel Lamhaut, David Adlam, Chris Gale