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Editorial - June 2019

A message from your Working Group Chairperson - Working Group on Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation

Dear Members of the Working Group on Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation,

It is our great pleasure to start this bi-monthly newsletter by congratulating Prof. Akos Koller, a former Chairperson of our Working Group (2014-2016), for having recently been awarded by the European Society for Microcirculation (ESM) with the 2019 ESM Malpighi Award, the most prestigious recognition of this Scientific Society to individuals with an internationally outstanding reputation in any field of microcirculation and microvascular research. Prof. Koller received the Gold Malpighi Medal and delivered the prestigious Malipighi lecture “Going with the flow in microcirculation” during the ESM Meeting in Maastricht last April. 

During the ESM-EVBO Meeting in Mastricht, our Working Group also participated in a joint ESC WGs symposium on "Endothelial dysfunction" through a “Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Programme” between different Working Groups. In this Symposium, Dr. Danijela Trifunovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia) participated representing our Working Group with a lecture titled: “Endothelial function and coronary microcirculation“. Dr. Trifunovic presented evidence that the coronary microcirculation is a key regulator of coronary blood flow distribution to the heart and highlighted the relevance of coronary microvascular dysfunction as a player in the pathophysiology of clinical entities with significant morbidity and mortality, including microvascular angina, myocardial ischemia with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (INOCA), myocardial infarction with non-obstructed coronary arteries (MINOCA) and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

Next June, we will participate in a joint session during the 26th International Congress on Thrombosis (EMLTD) to be held in Athens, with the participation of several members of our Working Group invited as speaker or chairperson.

Finally, we invite all Working Group members to contact the members of the nucleus with information on relevant recent publications, which will be considered for inclusion in the list of ‘Recommended readings’ on our Working Group’s webpage.

Best wishes,

Teresa Padro, Secretary

Dirk J. Duncker, Chair