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Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT)

CRT Mission

The Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT), founded in 2001, is a strategic forum for high-level dialogue between ESC leadership and healthcare industry partners, to identify and discuss key strategic issues for the future of cardiovascular health in Europe.  The CRT's mission is to provide a political platform to achieve widespread recognition of the importance of cardiovascular health in Europe.

Its overall aim is to create an environment in Europe that is favourable to cardiovascular research, innovation, prevention and management, to allow the ESC to leverage its unique position as a broker between professionals, industry and where appropriate any relevant third parties in order to become a key strategic force in cardiovascular health in Europe.

The CRT serves as an ESC ‘think-tank’ through which members listen, understand, learn from each other and explore strategic priorities for the ESC.

CRT Mission

Upcoming CRT Events

  • September 2023
    • Tuesday 26 September
      Other event

      Event outline: This discussion will present an overview of the ESC Advocacy Strategy and a breakdown of the key targets to deliver sustainable funding to develop cardiovascular research, infrastructure and healthcare professionals. 

      This conversation between expert edition will be co-chaired by Prof. Donna Fitzsimons and Prof. Francesco Cosentino. 

      26/09/2023 16:00 26/09/2023 18:00 Europe/Paris On-line conversation between experts on "Advocacy"

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  • November 2023
    • Tuesday 21 November
      Other event

      Academic Chairpersons:

      Prof. Piotr Szymanski (Chairman of the ESC Regulatory Affairs Committee), Prof. Faiez Zannad, Prof. Thomas Lüscher (ESC President-Elect and ESC CRT Co-chair).


      Industry Chairpersons:  

      Prof. Anders Himmelmann (AstraZeneca), Dr. Bettina Kraus (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc /BI), Dr. Narinder Bhalla (BMS), Prof. Alexandra Goncalves (BMS / Industry CRT Co-chair).

      21/11/2023 13:00 22/11/2023 12:30 Europe/Paris CRT EMA Workshop "Unmet Medical Needs"

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  • January 2024
    • Wednesday 31 January
      Other event

      Academic Chairpersons: Profs. Ulf Landmesser and Thomas Luescher (ESC President-elect and ESC Chair of the CRT)
      Industry Chairpersons: Paul Nioi (Alnynam), Dr. Jürgen Prochaska (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
      Dr. Andres Laguna (Novartis), Prof. Alexandra GONCALVES (BMS) (Industry Chair of the CRT)

      31/01/2024 00:00 01/02/2024 00:00 Europe/Paris CRT Workshop "The Revolution in Pharmacotherapy: From Herbs to Pills to Antibodies and Nucleic Acids."

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Who we are

The CRT comprises the ESC Board (leaders in the cardiovascular field) and representatives of 20 industry partners across the pharmaceutical, devices and equipment sectors.
It is co-chaired by the ESC President-Elect and an industry representative.



CRT Nucleus: comprises the CRT chairs and representatives from the ESC and industry.  The nucleus is responsible for driving and supervising CRT activities.

CRT Plenary Group: comprises all CRT members

Expert Project Leaders: includes CRT members and invited experts for specific activities

What we do

Plenary Sessions

Two annual meetings on 'game-changing' topics that will significantly impact cardiology. Recent examples include Patient Engagement, Innovation in CV medicine and Digital health.

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Up to four workshops per year focussing on specific issues relating to either research and development, clinical trials or regulatory issues. Recent examples include "The Cancer Patient and Cardiology" and "Chronic Coronary Syndromes".

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CRT Scientific Papers

The discussions and decisions that take place during ESC Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT) meetings and workshops, are captured in scientific papers and disseminated to the healthcare community through publication in relevant journals, social media and the press.

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Conversations Between Experts

Conversation between experts aims at enabling an open and informal exchange around a trending topic, offering our industry partners more opportunities to meet and interact with ESC leadership.

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Past Meetings

  • Wednesday 05 - Thursday 06 July 2023 (2 Days)
    05/07/2023 00:00 06/07/2023 00:00 Europe/Paris Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT) Plenary "The future of clinical trials: towards diversity and inclusion" true DD/MM/YYYY

    A plenary meeting chaired by Dr. Harriette Van Spall and Prof. Faiez Zannad.

    Industry Co Chairs: Dr. Kristine Buchholtz (Novo Nordisk), Prof. Martin Cowie (AstraZeneca), Dr. André Ziegler (Roche Diagnostics).

  • Tuesday 27 June 2023
    27/06/2023 17:00 27/06/2023 18:00 Europe/Paris On-line conversation between experts on "Patient Empowerment" DD/MM/YYYY

    This “Patient Empowerment” edition will be co-chaired by:

    Prof. Lis Neubeck, with contribution from members from the Patient Forum.

    Prof. Thomas Luescher and Prof. Alexandra Goncalves (BMS).

  • Thursday 23 - Friday 24 March 2023 (2 Days)
    23/03/2023 14:00 24/03/2023 12:00 Europe/Paris Translation of genomics into routine cardiological practice DD/MM/YYYY

    A workshop chaired by Profs. Stefanie Dimmeler and Perry Elliott, Dr. Leticia Ferri (BMS), Dr. Paul Nioi (Alnylam) and Dr. Chris O’Donnell (Novartis). 

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