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HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research

22/01/2020 17:00 25/01/2020 13:00 Europe/Paris HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research

Annual Winter Research Meeting

Held in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, on 25-28 January 2017, this meeting covers aspects of Translational and Basic Science in heart failure

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The premier meeting for basic translational science in Europe.

"The HFA Winter Meeting is the premier meeting for basic translational science in Europe, the excellence of which is recognised internationally. The organisers need to be congratulated on maintaining such uncompromising high standards over many years and for providing the young (and not-so-young) generation of scientists and clinician scientists with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest (unpublished) discoveries, participate to lively scholarly discussions, and network with the best scientists in the field. 

There is no doubt in my mind that HFA Winter Meeting is amongst the very best initiatives fostered by the ESC family and a model for future developments."

Prof. Barbara Casadei
ESC President 


 "Participating to the HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research is a unique opportunity:

  1. to develop a global networking by discussing our findings with Experts in the cardiovascular field.
  2. to meet investigators from around the World presenting cutting-edge research on the latest advances in topics related to heart failure.
  3. to gain visibility and feedback on our research. The size of the meeting allows experts in the field of cardiovascular research to see our work, and dedicated viewing times are planned for discussion with faculties and attendees. The poster sessions allow us to speak one-on-one with people interested in our research. Presenters benefit from this interaction by gaining feedback on projects.
  4. to be recognized. Young researchers meeting certain criteria are eligible to participate in the Poster Award Competition.
  5. to have your abstract selected for the Annual ESC-Heart Failure Conference and published in the European Journal of Heart Failure."

Delphine Mika, PhD
Signalisation & Physiopathologie Cardiovasculaire, Inserm Umr-S1180, Paris Sud


2020 HFA Winter Meeting

What makes this meeting unique is a blend of cutting-edge basic science with state-of-the-art translational and clinical knowledge, aiming at further improving heart failure treatment.

All submitters of accepted abstracts were offered a free registration for Heart Failure Congress 2018 upon resubmission of their abstract.

Save the date in your calendar!

Already thinking about the next edition? Please be informed that the 2020 edition is to be held from January 22 to 25, 2020 in Switzerland.

Only selected abstract presenters are accepted to the Winter Meeting. 

Call for abstracts

Submit your abstract from late August to early October.
Dates to be confirmed.

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News from 2019 HFA Winter Meeting


Talks were given by speakers with dedicated time for discussion. Participants number was limited to 130 attendees, which creates an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and networking.

Detailed  Programme  Meet the Faculty

Guido Tarone - HFA Award 2019

The 2019 Guido Tarone - HFA Award has been given to Dr. Ralf Gilsbach (University of Freiburg, Germany) for his work on "Identification and functional (epi)genetic modulation of chromatin interaction in cardiac myocytes".

Young Investigator Awards

  • Winners (€1,000)
    • 2019 - Hashim Ali (Trieste, IT) for "The ubiquitin ligase TRIM35 is a novel restriction factor for cardiomyocyte proliferation".
  •  Runners-up (€400)
    •  Arwa Kohela (Utrecht, NL) for "Epicardial contribution to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy"
    • Justine Dontaine (Louvain, BE) for "New paradigm for cardiac hypertrophy prevention"

HFA Winter Meeting through the years

The HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research has a long-standing tradition and has emerged as the best basic and translational heart failure meeting in Europe.  

The tradition started in 1983initiated by Professor Dirk Brutsaert (Founding President of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC, 2004-2008), the first official meeting was chaired by Sir James Whyte Black, who developed the first b-blockers and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1988.

Past editions

Guido Tarone - HFA Award
  • 2019 - Ralf Gilsbach (Freibrug, DE) for ''The identification and functional (epi)genetic modulation of chromatin interactions in cardiac myocytes''.
  • 2018 - Maarten van den Hoogenhof (Amsterdam, NL) for "RBM20 mutations induce an arrhythmogenic dilated cardiomyopathy related to disturbed calcium handling".
  • 2017 - Marco Mongillo (Padova, IT) for "Dynamics of neuro-effector coupling at cardiac sympathetic synapses".
  • 2016 - Ellen Dirkx (Trieste, IT) for "Targeting the miRNA-106b-25 cluster as a potential regenerative therapeutic approach for myocardial injury".
Young investigator award
  • Winners
    • 2019 - Hashim Ali (Trieste, IT) for "The ubiquitin ligase TRIM35 is a novel restriction factor for cardiomyocyte proliferation".
    • 2018 - Daniel Brayson (London, UK) for "Prelamin A toxicity drives 'inflammaging' of the myocardium: a mechanism for multiple cardiomyopathies".
    • 2018 - Edoardo Bertero (Wurzburg, DE) for "Down regulation of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter hinders cardiac energy supply-and-demand matching in Barth syndrome".
    • 2017 - Mahmoud Abdellatif (Graz, AT) for "The natural autophagy-inducer spermidine protects the aging heart and promotes longevity in mice".
  • Runners up
    • 2019
      •  Arwa Kohela (Utrecht, NL) for "Epicardial contribution to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy"
      • Justine Dontaine (Louvain, BE) for "New paradigm for cardiac hypertrophy prevention"
    • 2018
      • Stephen Gray (London, UK) for "The mitochondrial unfolded protein response protects the heart during chronic pressure overload"
    • 2017
      • Ellen Dirkx (Trieste, IT) for "High throughput small molecules screen identifies the neuroactive alkaloid harmine as an inducer of cardiomyocyte proliferation".
      • Maxance Ribeiro (Paris, FR) for "New role of EPAC in the Anthracyclines-induced cardiotoxicity".

2018 rewarded abstract presenters with Prof. Rudolf de Boer (meeting coordinator) and Prof. Christoph Maack (chair of poster session jury). 

2018 YIA & G Tarone award winners WRM_small.jpg

From left to right: Prof. Rudolf de Boer (NL), Maarten van den Hoogenhof (NL), Stephen Gray (UK), Daniel Brayson (UK), Edoardo Bertero (IT), Christoph Maack (DE)

Find out more about presenting abstracts at the Winter Meeting by watching some videos of the 2018 YIA and Guido Tarone Award winners:



Winter Meeting participants 2018

Interviewing poster participants

Denise Hilfiker Kleiner Brutsaert Lecture

David Kass Special Lecture


You would like to know more about the quality content of HFA Winter Meeting? Watch hereunder some feedback made by 2018 faculties.