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President's report 2010-2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

My term as President of the European Association of Echocardiography, now renamed European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) is about to end. Time has passed so quickly and so many initiatives and activities have been successfully undertaken during the last two years.

All these initiatives and the goals we achieved are mainly due to the commitment and the hard work of EAE Board and Committee members 2010-2012 and the support from the Heart House staff.
However, none of our achievements could have been possible without the constant support I have received from our members who are the backbone of our Association.

Non-invasive Imaging: Echocardiography

Bringing together non-invasive diagnostic techniques

The European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) has widened its scope and has now been renamed European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) since June 2012 to adapt to the challenges faced by the cardiovascular field and better focus on the patients’ needs. This is an important evolution for our Association which makes a step forward to new diagnosis and treatment pathways.

EACVI is a collaboration of the former EAE, the ESC Working Group on Nuclear Cardiology & Cardiac Computed Tomography and the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
The 3 ESC Constituent Bodies have chosen to work closely together on all aspects of cardiovascular imaging represented by the three entities with a particular focus on education and training and the joint European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging.

What has changed?
- The Journal is now called the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging (EHJ-CI)
- Our congress is now called EUROECHO & other Imaging Modalities
- Our Association has been renamed European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)


Facilitate access to education remains our leitmotiv and we have given priority to set up innovative and high quality educational opportunities. Visit the Education section.

Distance learning
• Basic Echocardiography course
• Pocket Size Echo Course - To be launched at Euroecho 2012
• WikiEcho - To be launched at Euroecho 2012
• Key Reference Library
• Virtual Echo book - First part to be accessed at Euroecho 2012
• Echo Boxes Contrast & 3D
• 20 Live Online Courses (Webinars)
• Slides and webcasts from congresses and courses
• Clinical Case Portal

Each year, the EACVI co-organised 4 teaching courses in collaboration with 4 European Working Groups on Echocardiography and welcomed nearly 2000 participants sicne 2010.

Publications and scientific products

The EAE counts high level of scientists and experts in the field who have been very productive in the last two years to produce scientific documents, publications and derivative products that are on sale on our E-Store and displayed in our stands:

  • The EAE Textbook on Echocardiography
  • 13 recommendations have been published in the EHJ-CI since 2010 among which 3 jointly with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).
  • NEW! Compendium of all 19 full text recommendations published since 2009 - To be laucnhed at Eureocho 2012
  • NEW! 3 abridged recommendations on:
    - Valvular Regurgitation - Aortic and pulmonary regurgitation
    - Valvular Regurgitation - Mitral and tricuspid regurgitation
    - Infective Endocarditis
  • 3 scientific posters in collaboration with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) to illustrate recommendations for clinical practices on:
    - 3D
    - Diastolic Function
    - Valve stenosis

Focus on the young

Club 35
From 5% of total members up to 24%
We have seen a three-fold increase in young cardiologists joining our association in the last two years and continued to enhance our offering, giving young talent a voice and a vital role to play in the development of our association. Our young community now counts more than 900 members and I am very proud of this evolution.
EUROECHO 2012 offers new exclusive features and specific sessions for Club 35 members.

Special focus on young researchers at EUROECHO. 
A special focus has been given to young research at our congress with poster mentoring programme, high score abstracts and awards. 

Importance of Collaborating

World Echo Summit
The EAE and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) co-organised the World Echo Summit (WES) that is ruen every two years.
The first summit was hold in Junly 2011 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and welcomed nearly 1200 colleagues primarily from South American countries.
Save the date! The next World Echo Summit will be held in New Delhi, India on 25-27 October 2013.

Creation of a joint EAE/ASE task force to standardise the quantitation of deformation imaging among vendors
On December 2010, EAE launched a joint initiative with the ASE to involve manufacturers and software developers in a programme aimed to standardize quantitation of myocardial deformation (strain) among vendors. During EUROECHO a special meeting will be organised to have an update about the progress of the standardization programme.

National societies
The 54 National societies and Working Groups of Echocardiography are the backbone of EAE and we meet their representatives twice a year, during the EAE summit in spring and during EUROECHO.  We share with them the future EAE initiatives, and receive their suggestions and comments on how to best meet the educational and professional needs of our members.

Sister societies
The EAE has enlarged its inetrnational network and setlled close collaboration with ten international sister Societies from 
North and South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Research Grants

In 2011, the EAE has awarded 2 Research Grants and this year has increased its offer to 4 research grants to help young doctors obtain research experience in a high standard academic center in an ESC member country other than their own.
The EAE has also implemented of a new procedure to ensure fairness and transparency in the selection of the winners.
The four winners for 2013 will be announced during EUROECHO Opening Ceremony.


The EAE website is the most successful website among those of the 5 ESC Associations since its launch.  It is visited by 95000 visitors each month. Online educational products as well as information about membership programmes, EAE initiatives and products can be accessed here.


A new record!
In 2012, the number of EAE members has reached its record and our community counts more than 2900 members who could enjoy the many benefits offered by the EAE membership programme, compared to 2100 in 2010 and 2600 in 2011.
Our Association is now offering a new membership programme tailored to the needs of individuals with three possible options.
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2013!

Honorary members
Last year the EAE introduced a new membership: three EAE honorary memberships have been awarded to Prof Alessandro Distante, Prof Fausto Pinto and Prof Jos Roelandt, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to European Association of Echocardiography over many years.
This year, Prof. Liv Hatle has been selected to receive an honorary membership during the Opening Ceremony for her contributions in the field of Echocardiography since many years.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in Athens, to receive more input from you or just to have the opportunity to say thank you to you all.

Best regards,
Prof. Luigi Badano