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First International Forum for Young Cardiologists in Samara, Russia

The First International Scientific and Educational Forum of Young Cardiologists "Cardiology: from present to future” took place in Samara, Russia on the 1-2 June 2012. It was the first separate international event organized by the European group of young cardiologists ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow which was founded in 2009.


Competitions for young scientists or individual sessions are usually conducted as part of a larger congress or conference, so only a few scientists have the opportunity to give an oral report. A separate forum was organized with the aim to give a large number of young cardiologists from Russia and other countries the chance to present scientific and practical achievements at an international level. This unique opportunity also allowed participants to develop their presentation skills, to discuss findings with experts and colleagues, and to talk informally with leading national scientists and young colleagues from other cities and countries. We hope that this experience will give younger cardiologists the skills and confidence to present their results at large international conferences.


The Working Group of young cardiologists of the Russian Society of Cardiology was established in 2010. Since our creation we have initiated a number of different educational activities; Internet Schools, sessions of clinical cases at the National Congress of Cardiology, and now the Forum of young cardiologists, the largest and most significant event in the history of our working group.  
The idea of organising the Forum originated with D.V. Duplyakov who is the main cardiologist of the Samara region. He suggested this event was held in Samara, in the heart of Russia. We thought it was right to move this event outside of Moscow to provide an opportunity for young cardiologists from the Volga region to participate in the forum.
The forum took 10 months of planning and preparation. The concept was developed according maximum opportunity for young cardiologists to be able to make a presentation. The concept included scientific sessions, practical sessions with the presentation of clinical cases, moderated poster sessions, as well as a day of meetings in English. The scientific committee consisted of two groups; the leading scientific experts and the Youth Committee. The Youth Scientific Committee included active members of the young cardiologists Working Group who have already established themselves as regional leaders and have achieved significant results in their scientific work.

The format of the sessions was generally as follows: Panels were made up of 1-2 experts and 1 young cardiologist; reports were presented by an expert with the description of the problem and 4-5 of young specialists. Reports by young cardiologists were selected by 3 independent experts on five parameters on the basis of the final score.
Preliminary work included negotiations with the board of Russian Society of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology.

Who supported us?

The Forum was supported by the Presidium of the Russian Society of Cardiology. The promotion of scientific and practical development of young cardiologists is becoming one of the vectors of the strategy for the Society. The forum was attended by the President, Academician of RAMS E.V. Shlyakhto, by two Vice-Presidents and by members of the Presidium of the Russian Society of Cardiology, demonstrating the importance the Society places on younger colleagues.

The Young cardiologists Working group of the Russian Society of Cardiology is part of the movement European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Cardiologists of Tomorrow. The Forum is widely supported by the European Society of Cardiology; information about the event was placed on the ESC Web Site and was sent to all ESC National Cardiac Societies members.

The Forum was attended by representatives of the European Society of Cardiology - members of the nucleus ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow: Stephane Zuily (France), Janine Poss (Germany) and the Chairman of the young cardiologists group of Czech Republic, Michal Pazdernik.

The local Organizing Committee and the administration of Samara State Medical University did great preparatory work.


There were concerns  that young cardiologists outside of Samara could not find opportunities for a trip to the forum. Fortunately, they did not materialize and was attended by 436 cardiologists from 8 countries(including Russia, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).

The scientific program

The scientific program of the forum included a plenary session, three sessions in English and 18 sessions in Russian. The spectrum of the issues was very broad from genetic studies in cardiology and non-coronary myocardial diseases to  prevention and epidemiology.
The Rector of the Samara State Medical University Academician of RAMS G.P. Kotelnikov and the Deputy of Minister of Health and Social Development of the Samara region S.I. Kuznetsov took part in the plenary meeting. The President of the Russian Society of Cardiology Academician of RAMS E.V. Shlyakhto presented an overview of the translational medicine achievements.

The best 5 scientific papers selected by the independent review were awarded at the plenary session.
The chosen format of sessions (a combination of reports of experts and young cardiologists) was very successful; all sessions were accompanied by lively and informal discussions. It was interesting for all cardiologists, young scientists listened to leading scientists and received an evaluation of work; experts saw achievements of young colleagues and their points of view on the problems, etc.
Sessions in the English language attracted great interest, there young cardiologists from Russia, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Ukraine took part. English language was not an obstacle for speakers, audience or for active discussion.
A moderated poster session was organised according to the principles of an international congress; each participant had the opportunity to discuss the results with the two moderators and colleagues. One better research was been selected within each of seven thematic parts of poster session, its author received special award.

Interaction with the European Society of Cardiology

There was a joint table of the young cardiologists Working Group and representatives of nucleus ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow during the Forum. A French cardiologist Stephane Zuily, who is the founder of the movement of young cardiologists in Europe, came to Samara. Participants at the round table informally discussed the further integration of young Russian cardiologists into the European scientific and educational space. European cardiologists described the possibilities presented to young professionals: the possible removal of the registration fee at the European Congress, grants for young professionals, a special scientific and practical program etc. European cardiologists took an active part in the discussion of prospects for the Russian group of young cardiologists.

Perspectives of the young cardiologists Working Group

This forum, of course, gave a powerful impetus to the development of the movement of young cardiologists in Russia. Young cardiologists took ideas, advice and opportunities to further develop their scientific and practical activities.
Young cardiologists are supported by the board of Russian Society of Cardiology; new awards were established for young scientists. A special reduced registration fee for the Russian National Congress 2012 was introduced. Young cardiologists will be actively involved in translating and preparing for publications the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology.
We want to involve active young cardiologists from regions in the management of the working group, development of strategy for the future, organising research and assistance to find and obtain grants.
We also plan to expand the presence of the working group on various Internet platforms, and thereby increase the involvement of young cardiologists in our activities.  We will do our best to implement a research project involving young cardiologists from different regions of Russia.


For support and participation in the forum

President of the Russian Society of Cardiology, academician of RAMS E.V. Shlyakhto, vice-presidents of the Russian Society of Cardiology S.A Shalnova., A.S. Galyavich, board member of the Russina Society of Cardiology A.O. Conrady, Executive Director M.M. Yusupova, Director of the social programs A.A. Tanicheva.

For the organization of the forum

The rector of Samara State Medical University G.P. Kotelnikov, protector N.N. Kryukov, Y.V. Shchukin, the main cardiologist of the Samara region D.V. Duplyakov
For support and dissemination of information concerning the forum in Europe: president-elect Panos Vardas, vice president Fausto Pinto, ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow administrator  Marie Tesseron, the European Society of Cardiology as a whole.

For participation in the preparation of the scientific program and organizational work

L.Y. Drozdova, S.V. Garkina, D.I. Kurapeev, I.S. Lotina, M.V. Menzorov, A.M. Malysheva, A.G. Polupanov, I.V. Popova,  O.P. Rotar, L.I. Syromyatnikova, P.A. Shesternya, E.L. Shkolnik.

Anna Kontsevaya
Head of the Young Cardiologists Working Group Of the Russian Society of Cardiology Board member