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Editorial - April 2021

ESC Working Group on Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology

Dear members,

It is with great sorrow that we learn the loss of one of our founders and more regular and dear contributor, Dr. Carmeliet. The Working Group feels orphan today. Read our obituary.

We are grateful that Pr. Karin Sipido, one of the persons most scientifically connected to him and former chairperson of our Working Group, has accepted to share some words to celebrate his life and career in our EWGCCE Networking zoom meeting that will be held on 24 April at 13:40 (see below). Dr. Carmeliet will be in our thoughts during the Working Group’s annual meeting and specifically during the Carmeliet-Coraboeuf-Weidman lecture created in his honor. I hope you can all connect to this live zoom Networking session (open to all Working Group members, free of charge).

After one year without meeting each other due to the pandemic, we are excited to resume our annual congress, which this year will be held virtually together with EHRA on 23-25 April.
You can find the programme here.

The oral sessions organised by the Working Group of Cellular and Cardiac Electrophysiology are scheduled on Saturday 24 April from 7:30 to 13:30. The e-posters will be available on demand throughout the congress and feed-back can be achieved by messages.

However, I encourage everyone to check the whole EHRA programme as the aim of this joint meeting is to get mutual interactions. Moreover, there are several interesting basic research sessions, some with talks presented by our members, including the Young Investigator Award - Basic and Translational Science, e-posters, and oral abstracts submitted by our members.

I am also happy to announce that on Saturday 24 April from 13:00-15:00, our WG will have a private Zoom room for networking and scientific discussion on the content presented to the EHRA congress by our members, as well as our general assembly, and award ceremony. This zoom meeting is open to all our members even if you have not registered for the EHRA congress.

You can see the programme and register for this discussion online here.

Last - but not least - I want to congratulate the two Scientific Exchange Grants awardees (in alphabetical order): Mr. Mani Sadredini, from the Institute for Experimental Medical Research, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital (Norway), to visit the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Manchester (United Kingdom); and Mr. Job Stocks, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, to visit the IHU-Liryc in Bordeaux, France.

Very much hoping to see you all very soon,

On behalf of the Working Group nucleus,

Ana M Gómez, Chairperson 2020-2022