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HFA Winter Meeting on Translational Heart Failure Research

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Heart Failure


2019 HFA Winter Meeting

 The next edition of the HFA Winter Meeting will be held in Switzerland from January 23-26, 2019. The call for abstracts will be open by the end of August 2018. 

"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not-so-young) generation of scientists and clinician scientists with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest (unpublished) discoveries, participate to lively scholarly discussions, and network with the best scientists in the field.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, President-Elect of the ESC, 2016-2018 

News from the 2018 HFA Winter Meeting

Talks were given by invited speakers with dedicated time for discussion. Participant numbers were restricted to 120 attendees, thus creating an atmosphere condusive to dialogue and networking.

Programme online

Meet the Faculty

Abstracts and presenters

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.

Winter Meeting participants 2018

Interviewing poster participants

Denise Hilfiker Kleiner Brutsaert Lecture

David Kass Special Lecture

Young Investigator Awards

Award winners are required to present in front of several judges during the Poster Session.

2018 edition

2018 YIA & G Tarone award winners WRM_small.jpg


2018 winners 

Daniel Brayson (London, UK) for "Prelamin A toxicity drives 'inflammaging' of the myocardium: a mechanism for multiple cardiomyopathies".



Edoardo Bertero (Wurzburg, DE) for "Downregulation of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter hinders cardiac energy supply-and-demand matching in Barth syndrome".

Runner up

Stephen Gray (London, UK) for "The mitochondrial unfolded protein response protects the heart during chronic pressure overload"


2017 edition

2017 winner
  • Mahmoud Abdellatif (Graz, AT) for "The natural autophagy-inducer spermidine protects the aging heart and promotes longevity in mice".
Runners up
  • 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".

Guido Tarone Award

2018 edition

Guido Tarone 2018

This year's Guido Tarone Award, given to the highest ranking abstract, was presented to Maarten van den Hoogenhof (Amsterdam, NL) for "RBM20 mutations induce an arrhythmogenic dilated cardiomyopathy related to disturbed calcium handling".

2017 edition
  • Marco Mongillo (Padova, IT) for "Dynamics of neuro-effector coupling at cardiac sympathetic synapses".

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.