The ESC participated very successfully with a strong presence at the recent 55th Annual Scientific Congress of the Israel Heart Society (IHS). IHS 2008 was held in Tel Aviv at the David Intercontinental Hotel on 9-10 April 2008 and was attended by some 1,500 participants. At the Congress, 370 papers were presented in 30 parallel sessions, covering all aspects of clinical and basic cardiology. Joint sessions were held with the ESC, the ACC and AFICARDIO.
Professor Kim Fox, FESC, President of the ESC, stressed in the opening ceremony the strong ties ESC is developing and fostering with National Societies across "ESC Europe". A joint ESC/IHS session addressed contemporary challenges in cardiology, including a challenging overview by Professor Kim Fox, FESC, on "the burden of coronary artery disease".
Professor Petr Widimsky, FESC, Vice-President ESC for National Societies, discussed current viewpoints regarding anti-platelet and anticoagulant therapies in acute coronary syndromes. Exciting guest lectures were also given by Professor Valentin Fuster, FESC (NY, USA), and Professor Steven Nissen (OH, USA).
In his opening remarks, Professor Basil Lewis, FESC, President of the IHS, said that Israeli Cardiology could be proud of the major contribution it was making to ESC activities, with strong representation in ESC committees and working groups, and at ESC congresses.
In addition, the Israel cardiology community is making important contributions in the field of stem cell research and myocardial regeneration, molecular biology and interventional devices.
Israel is also participating with a large number of centres in a large number of ongoing international clinical research trials.
The ESC management was represented by Mr. Alan Howard, CEO and Mrs. Anne Mascarelli, Director Membership & Communications. During the congress Professor Kim Fox, FESC, and the ESC management held a breakfast meeting with the IHS board, discussing possibilities for expanded future collaboration.
The ESC booth was a focal point in the Congress exhibition area. A large number of congress participants visited the ESC booth and received information on ESC fellowship, new web-based ESC projects, ESC congresses and learnt how they could participate more actively in activities of the ESC, the associations and the working groups.
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