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Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow


Why join the Heart Failure Specialists ofTomorrow

Involvement in the HoT initiative will help you to:

  • Find out about ongoing educational, clinical and scientific events and opportunities in the field of Heart Failure (congresses, courses, webinars, fellowships, grants, etc)
  • Network with your peers interested in the field of Heart Failure, working in different countries and in different positions (cardiologists, nurses, scientists, physiotherapists, etc)
  • Be directly involved in the initiatives led by HoT members, and also initiate novel projects to be performed together4. Develop your expertise and competence in the field of Heart Failure and develop your career towards the specialisation of Heart Failure

In order to become a HoT member, you need to be:

  • member of the HFA (Regular membership is free of charge). Other HFA memberships are available if you want further services. 
  • a professional in training (cardiologist, basic researcher, nurse, physiotherapist or other professional) or a student aiming to become one of these professionals
  • or you are 40 years old or under 

We've made it easier to sign up for HoT membership

 It's NEW. It's EASY. 

You can look for the application form in your MyESC account

Here is a tutorial on how to find it:



Joining the Hot community ensures you some special benefits

Importantly, the HFA has special reduced membership fees forHoT members. For a reduced fee, you have access to the HFA Online Education modules, the online version of the European Journal of Heart Failure and access to HF congress slides and educational material.

  • You can apply for the HoT travel grant to the annual HFA congresses
  • You can participate in the special HoT events at the annual HFA congresses (such as career cafe, special HoT sessions, yound investigator competitions)
  • You can join our annual summer school.
  • You can also join HFA committees and contribute to HFA newsletters and educational materials.

The HoT initiative is designed for nurses and allied health professionals. What can we offer?

Becoming a HoT member is a great way for nurses to network with other disciplines and stay up-to-date with novel advances in heart failure.

To date, we have supported nurses to develop local heart failure education projects, promoted funding opportunities for nursing research and initiated collaborations between nurses in Europe and the UK to support clinical development. 

The HoT initiative has received a lot of interest from nurses nationally and internationally. Join HoT today and help us to raise the international profile of Heart Failure nursing.

The HoT initiative is also for basic scientists and translational scientists. What can we offer?

The HoT initiative gathers young people (undergraduate or PhD students, postdocs aged 40 and under) from different disciplines (medicine, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, biomedical engineering, etc.), who are involved in research projects in the field of heart failure. 

HoT network will help you to:

  • initiate basic and translational research in the field of heart failure• initiate basic and translational research in the field of heart failure
  • get up-to-date information on the newest techniques and research equipment for your scientific projects
  • interact with other young basic researchers and translational scientists
  • find connections and clinical relevance of your research by interacting with heart failure specialist clinicians and study nurses
  • find out about relevant scientific events and educational opportunities in the field of heart failure (congresses, courses, webinars, fellowships, grants, etc.)
  • receive a travel grant to visit the annual Heart Failure congress of the HFA (basic researchers have priority)

HoT organizes interesting translational research sessions at the annual Heart Failure congressess 
The annual HFA Winter Meetings on Translational Heart Failure Research provide you with an excellent forum for getting insights into  state-of-the art basic science knowledge in the field of heart failure.
The HoT initiative has already established a co-operation with the Scientists of Tomorrow (SoT), the initiative of the Basic Research Council of ESC.

HoT in national societies


Follow us on Facebook. The Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow Facebook group is now online and open for HoT members. Become a HoT member to join our Facebook group and stay up to date on events, grants, webinars, and many other opportunities specifically designed for the young HoT community.

National HoT Representatives

HoT national representatives are responsible for both establishing and promoting the HoT initiative in their country, and serving as a link between the HoT members in their country and the HoT nucleus. So far 38 national HoT groups have been officially founded with the support of national cardiac societies/heart failure working groups.

Go to the HoT national representative list , find the contact information for your country and the national HoT webpage link. If your country does not have one yet, please contact us and we will contact you when one is founded.

Task force members

Ewa Jankowska (Wroclaw, PL)

Professor and Head of Laboratory of Applied Research on Cardiovascular System, Department of Heart Diseases, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
Centre for Heart Diseases, Military Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland

Areas of interest: iron deficiency and anaemia in Heart Failure, metabolic derangements in Heart Failure (e.g. anabolic/catabolic imbalance), biomarkers in Heart Failure, myocarditis, non-ischemic cardiomyopathy


Markus Anker (Berlin, DE)

Doctor at the Department of Cardiology, Charité University Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

Areas of interest: Heart Failure, Cardio-Oncology, Rhythmology, Biomarkers. 

Claire Bouleti (Paris, FR)

Consultant Cardiologist at Bichat University Hospital, Cardiology Department, Paris, France
Areas of interest: inflammation in heart failure, cardiomyopathies, imaging in heart failure, informed decision-making in heart failure


Theodoros Christodoulides (Nicosia, Cyprus)

Consultant cardiologist at the CardioHealth Center, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Areas of interest: Imaging in heart failure and pharamacotherapy of chronic heart failure.

Matthias Nägele (Zurich, Switzerland)

Resident in cardiology and internal medicine, heart failure research fellow at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Areas of interest: Endothelial function, effect of diet on prevention and outcome in heart failure, hormones and heart failure

Rui Placido (Lisbon, PT)

Consultant Cardiologist at Santa Maria University Hospital, Cardiology Department, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, CCUL, Lisbon, Portugal

Areas of interest: multimodality imaging in heart failure, biomarkers in Heart Failure, pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular dysfunction

Tamas Radovits (Budapest, HU)

Associate professor at Heart and Vascular Center, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Areas of interest: experimental cardiology and cardiac surgery; animal models of myocardial hypertrophy, heart failure and heart transplantation; in vivo hemodynamics, left ventricular P-V analysis; diabetic cardiomyopathy; sports cardiology; cGMP-signalling

Giuseppe Vergaro (Pisa, IT)

Consultant Cardiologist at the Division of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Gabriele Monasterio Foundation, Pisa. Alumnus of the Institute of Life Sciences, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy

Areas of interest: neurohormonal activation and peripheral feedbacks in heart failure; biomarkers in heart failure; cardiomyopathies; animal models of heart failure

Markus Wallner (Philadelphia, US)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Center, Philadelphia, PA, US

Area of interests: Heart Failure, Myocardial Regeneration, Translational Research

Sophie Welch (London, GB)

Cardiovascular research nurse, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiovascular Research Centre, London, UK

Areas of interest: novel therapies in heart failure, patient education and self-management