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STAR Heart Study maintained in ESC Congress 2010 Scientific Programme

ESC Press Statement

Stockholm, 29 August 2010 – The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) acknowledges that significant information pertaining to the results of the STAR Heart Study1, presented today at ESC Congress 2010 as novel had already been published prior to ESC Congress.

Heart Failure

This clearly breaks ESC rules for Hot Line Sessions, which state that information must be first presented at ESC Congress in order to qualify for presentation in a Hot Line session.

The ESC Congress Programme Committee were not informed of this publication prior to ESC Congress. The ESC has further been assured by the author, that he was unaware of the rapidity of the publication process in the European Heart Failure Journal.

The European Society of Cardiology considers this a significant study and has decided to maintain the session in the scientific programme, on the premises that it has not previously been presented at a cardiology conference.

Nevertheless, taking into consideration the gravity of the situation the ESC will not accept abstracts from this investigator for a period of two years.

Professor Roberto Ferrari, ESC President
Professor Fausto Pinto, ESC Congress Programme Committee Chair
Professor Michel Komajda, ESC President-Elect



1“The STAR Heart Study: the acute and long-term effect of intracoronary stem cell transplantation in 191 patients with chronic heart failure” was presented as part of the Hot Line I - Heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction session held today at 1100hrs by B-E Strauer (Dusseldorf, DE), final programme number FP 381.