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Development Anatomy and Pathology Nucleus Meeting

Participation of Working Group on Development Anatomy and Pathology at ESC Congress 2010

Participation of Working Group on Development Anatomy and Pathology at ESC Congress 2010

Basic Sciences, Pharmacology, Genomics and Cardiovascular Pathology

Dear colleagues,

Greetings to all of you from the new Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of your Working Group !

The last few years have seen gradual progression of our working group in the ESC community and beyond. We thank Diego Franco for his hard work and enthusiasm as Chair from 2008-2010 and his continuing contribution to the Working Group in the nucleus in the capacity of Past Chair.

We also thank the members of the nucleus who are stepping down at the end of their term – Gilda Caruso (past-Chair 2006-2008), Thomas Brand, Deborah Henderson, Elisabeta Czarnowska and Patrick Bruneval.

Our Working Group could not have continued to make progress without the active participation of all nucleus members so we are especially grateful to all who have contributed in some way or other.

As you know, we have recently held an election to select new members to the nucleus. On the one hand, we would like to welcome to the nucleus the new members - David Sedmera (Prague), Jose Luis de la Pompa Minguez (Madrid), Lucille Houyel (Paris), Jose Maria Perez-Pomares (Malaga) and Mary Sheppard (London).

On the other, we would like to encourage those who were not elected this time to resubmit their applications the next time since all candidates were highly motivated, qualified and have made important contributions to our Working Group.

With the elections over, and a full nucleus in place, we would like to highlight and update all members on the activities of the Working Group:

Our contribution to the scientific programme of ESC Annual Congress,
Stockholm, 28 Aug – 1 Sept 2010

We provided 4 Cardiac Anatomy and Pathology Live sessions.  All the sessions were extremely popular and well attended. For the first time ever in these interactive and live teaching sessions, 3D technology was used. We were delighted to see the audience wearing 3D glasses!
Our Working Group was strongly represented at 3 well attended basic science scientific sessions, on Systems biology in cardiac development and disease, Cardiomyocyte architecture and Epigenetics of cardiovascular disease.

Our Working Group General Assembly

The Working Group General Assembly was held during the lunch break on 30th August.
The following summarizes the minutes of this meeting:

Diego Franco summarized the Working Group's activities, in particular the Working Group biannual meeting in Malaga (March 2009) and our Working Group contributions to the Weinstein Amsterdam meeting (May 2010) and the first ESC basic cardiovascular science meeting Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology held in Berlin (July 2010).

The terms of 4 members of the nucleus have expired and 10 applications were received to replace them. The preservation of the balance between number of Pathologists/Anatomists and Developmental Biologists was agreed amongst the Assembly.

Regarding the request from Weinstein to support the 2011 meeting in Cincinnati, the Assembly decided not to provide financial support directly to Weinstein 2011 but to provide a number of travel grants for Working Group members.

Diego handed the Chair over to Yen Ho who thanked him for his hard work in leading the Working Group over the past two years. Robert Kelly became the new Vice-Chair and accepted to continue his role of Secretary and Treasurer to the Working Group.

Diego Franco agreed to be ‘Communicator’ replacing his previous role of webmaster for the Working Group. The remit of his new role is to inform the ESC of any activities carried out by the Working Group so that they can be recorded. Hence, if you have any meetings, publications, etc that have been carried out, or prizes received, under the auspices of the Working Group, do let Diego know so that the work of the Working Group can be recognized amongst the ESC community. In this context, Yen relayed to the Assembly that there are several ways to increase the visibility of the Working Group e.g. position papers, books, courses. Some funds are available for these activities.

So, dear members of the Working Group, don’t forget that the Working Group belongs to all of you.
We welcome your suggestions on raising the profile of the Working Group, position papers, meetings and so on.

In particular we welcome contributions to the Working Group webpage including short reviews and discussions of recently published papers of interest to the community.

You can feed your suggestions to the nucleus members or to us directly. With your support, we can continue to move the position of our Working Group forward.

We look forward to working with you all and to the new year.

With warmest wishes,
Yen Ho - Chairperson
Robert Kelly -  Vice-chairperson