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Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow


Heart Failure 2017 congress events for the HoT group

Hot Walk for a flower

This enthusiastic group met outside the congress centre on 1st May for a walk in Bois de Boulogne and received a traditional French gift for May Day, a bouquet of lily of the valley.

Organised in conjunction with the Fédération Française de Cardiologie, the HoT walk also promoted CPR demonstrations and information on Heart Failure in a dedicated area at the beginning of the walk.


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:

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Think you are already a HoT member? You can also check it in you MyESC account.

HoT membership is free

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

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

Two weeks at Harvard, for two European Heart Failure trainees

Two young Italian cardiologists had the great opportunity of a 2-week visiting fellowship as observers, to the BWH and at Harvard Medical School, where they joined the team’s daily practice, attending conferences and meetings and working on scholarly activities.

Read the article

Are you 40 years old or under and interested in heart failure?

  • Are you full of energy and new ideas?
  • Are you open to new experiences and international networking in the field of heart failure?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then this initiative, designed by the HFA, is for you.
Join us and make the most of all the opportunities our initiative has to offer!

What is HoT?

HoT stands for Heart failure specialists of Tomorrow and is a new initiative designed by the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

Heart Failure is a growing problem which will overwhelm cardiology in the near future. We want you to be the future of the HFA and actively help us to tackle this global health priority.

The HOT initiative provides a platform for an active and creative network of young people interested in Heart Failure in a unique interdisciplinary manner.

The HFA wants to ensure mutual collaboration between different young professionals including cardiologists, nurses, physiotherapists, scientists and other disciplines. 

The goal of the HOT initiative is to spread the HFA's mission to the younger generation and to promote young excellence in the field of Heart Failure.

Why join the Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow?

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 together
  • Develop your expertise and competence in the field of Heart Failure and develop your career towards the specialisation of Heart Failure

Importantly, the HFA has a special membership fee for professionals who are 40 years old or under. For 72 euros, 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 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?

 The HoT initiative aims to support nurses to develop their clinical and academic expertise through access to education, training and international collaboration with experts in the field.

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.

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
  • get up-to-date information on the newest techniques and research equipment for your scientific projects
  • find connections and clinical relevance of your research by interacting with Heart Failure specialist clinicians and study nurses
  • find out about every relevant scientific event and educational opportunities in the field of Heart Failure (congresses, courses, webinars, fellowships, grants, etc.)

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

HoT national representatives are responsible for establishing and promoting the HoT initiative in their country and serving as a link between HoT members in their country and the HoT nucleus.

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

Task force members

Ewa Jankowska (Wroclaw, PL) E-mail

Place of work: Laboratory for Applied Research on Cardiovascular System, Department of Heart Diseases, Wroclaw Medical University, and Department of Cardiology, 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


Rui Placido (Lisbon, PT)

Place of work: 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


Giuseppe Vergaro (Pisa, IT) E-mail

Place of work: Division of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Gabriele Monasterio Foundation, Pisa and 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


Markus Wallner (Philadelphia, US)

Place of work: Cardiovascular Research Center Temple, University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, US
Area of interests: Heart Failure, cardiac regeneration, basic research


Sophie Welch (London, GB)

Place of work: Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, London, United Kingdom
Areas of interest: genetics in Heart Failure, treatment decision-making in heart failure


Can-Martin Sag (DE)

Place of work: Department of Cardiology, University hospital of Regensburg, Germany
Areas of interest: Molecular mechanisms of Heart Failure as well as Heart Failure related arrhythmogenesis on the in vitro level (Calcium and ROS-signaling in cardiac myocytes) as well as on the in vivo level(echocardiographic and electrophysiologic studies)


Tamas Radovits (HU) E-mail

Place of work: 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; cGMP-signalling