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Clinical Trialists Summer School

An event for intellectual interaction between key opinion leaders in heart failure, principal investigators in major clinical trials in heart failure and young clinicians already or about to become heart failure specialists

The HFA believes that through this interaction, novel and promising concepts for the understanding and treatment of heart failure can be developed at the crossroad of experienced experts, trialists, and young enthusiastic clinicians. Young clinicians will benefit from the unique atmosphere thorough new ideas and mentoring, thus giving motivation and enthusiasm to follow a career in clinical science in the field of heart failure.

Summer School 2017 will be based on state-of-the-art lectures on novelties in heart failure by key opinion leaders and principal investigators, rapid presentations by some young clinicians, interactive discussions, mentoring, social and summer sport activities.


Meeting participation will be limited to 30 people. Two thirds will be young clinicians with an interest in the field of heart failure and the other participants will be faculty members.


  • To provide initial training in clinical investigation for young heart failure specialists.
  • To combine focused in-person interactive learning sessions lectures with online/blended learning in both an intensive onsite and longitudinal manner.
  • Focus on skills generation – in particular:
    • How to read and critique literature, trials, data
    • Basics of data management/analysis
    • Secondary analysis of epidemiological/trial datasets
    • Basics of clinical trial design
    • Ethical conduct of research
    • How to be an effective site investigator


Young clinicians will be selected based on the following criteria.

  • Highly motivated clinicians with interest in a career in clinical investigation
  • MD degree, at least, with clinical training in heart failure
  • Experience in research as evidenced by prior abstract presentation or/and manuscript publication
  • Academic rank of fellow, instructor or assistant professor
  • Silver membership of the Heart Failure Association

All participants are expected to attend the whole meeting.

If your application is accepted, a participation fee of 800 € will be requested (registration will open once candidates are notified). This fee covers participation in the sessions as well as 3 nights' accommodation plus meals.

Each participant will need need to arrange his/her travelling on his/her own expense.

For 5 highly motivated participants from low-income countries, 5 grants of 500 euros will be allocated


To be held in Athens, Greece, 21 - 24 June 2017

Deadline for application EXTENDED: 18 April