Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,
At the beginning of this new year, it is my great pleasure to send you my warmest and sincere wishes for health and happiness for 2012.
The main objectives for the year to come will be to continue to spearhead our key activities and to develop new initiatives in a complex and evolving financial environment.
EAPCI Membership and Visibility
The dynamic and constantly evolving membership of EAPCI is one of its strength. We have to date 3,650 members and our aim is to reach 4,000 members by the end of the year. The participation and recognition of EAPCI in different European meetings is extremely important to help us interact, exchange, understand and learn from each other.
During the upcoming ESC Congress in 2012, in Munich, 10 sessions submitted by our association have been accepted and will be part of the scientific programme. It is extremely important for our association to actively contribute to the ESC congress programme and to enhance our participation.
One of the main roles of EAPCI is to put all its energy and enthusiasm in its official annual congress to maintain the quality and educational value of the world's leading course in cardiovascular interventions. The increasing number of National Societies and Working groups involved in the programme building of the EuroPCR 2012 shows the interest and value of the course. During EuroPCR 2012, 24 "How should I treat" sessions (very interactive case-based sessions) organised by 43 different National Societies and Working groups will be held. I would like to thank all the members for their active participation and submission.
PCR London Valves
EAPCI is extremely proud to endorse this leading course in the field of valve disease. Our wish and aim in 2012 is to increase the EAPCI involvement in the programme building and to contribute more actively in the next editions.
In 2012, EAPCI is willing to develop a closer collaboration with PCR on the PCR Seminars which are tailor-made educative solutions based on real interactivity.
It is a major educational project that will be launched by the end of the year. This topic will be the main theme of the first EAPCI Summit to be held on 4 May in Nice at the Heart House. The aim of this Summit is to share the project with the Presidents and Presidents-Elect of the Working Groups and National Societies, gather their opinion and identify their needs and expectations.
Our association is actively participating in important registries on TAVI and Chronic Coronary Artery Disease.
2012 will also be marked by the release of the PCR-EAPCI Textbook which will be a benchmark in the field of Interventional Cardiology. This textbook, written and reviewed by reputed experts in the field, will cover the whole speciality.
EuroIntervention, our official journal, will also remain one of our priorities. EuroIntervention requires an active contribution from all of us and I would like to urge all members to stimulate all young practitioners to submit original papers to the Journal.
Stent For Life
The Stent for Life initiative remains a key project for the Association in 2012. Thanks to its undisputable success in the 10 pilot countries, we received many requests from other countries and in particular from the Middle-East countries, to take part in the initiative and implement it at a local level.
The EAPCI New Initiatives for Young Interventional Committee will play an active role in the EuroPCR 2012 programme. For the first time at EuroPCR, specific sessions built by young interventional cardiologists and for young interventional cardiologists will be held.
Collaboration with Cardiovascular surgeons and in particular young surgeons
The objective is to deeply think about the roles of interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons in the management of cardiovascular disease in the future.
EAPCI has already created and built partnership with International Societies in South America (SOLACI), China (CIT) but it aims at initiating new cooperation with other reputed international societies such as ACC, the Russian and India Society of Cardiology.
The years to come will be very busy and I am counting on the dynamism and enthusiasm of all members to achieve our goals during my presidency but also beyond, since EAPCI projects lie on a long-term vision I share with Stephan Windecker, current EAPCI President-elect.
With my renewed best wishes for 2012.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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