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Education and research

A collaboration of experts


The Working Group is active in delivering educational programmes at other international congresses and meetings and in their home institutions.

Pexieder Award

This award had been named in tribute to Tomas Pexieder, founder and first Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Development Anatomy and Pathology, formerly named "Embryology and Teratology".

It is delivered to the best abstract submitter during the Working Group Annual Meeting.

Discover previous awardees and access the full Abstract book.

Tomas Pexieder (1941 – 1995) was a prominent cardiovascular embryologist of Czech origin (1). He spent most of his career at the Institute of Histology and Embryology in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he ended up after fleeing the country with his family after the Soviet invasion in 1968. His pioneering work in the 1970s was focused on proliferation and cell death in the developing outflow tract as a basis for congenital heart defects. Later he developed a standardized fixation and microdissection protocol for analysis of normal and abnormal embryonic hearts using scanning electron microscopy, and unified the nomenclature in this area. He further expanded his activities to include a hotline for gynecologists based upon a human teratogen network, and participated in a human in vitro fertilization research programme. At the scientific meetings, he was remembered as an avid disputant, asking all those tough (and sometimes unpleasant) questions that we hear so seldom these days. The Pexieder award of the ESC Working group on Development, Anatomy and Pathology (of which he was a long-time member) is given to the best platform presentation by a junior investigator.

(1) Ann Anat (1996) 178:197-199

Postgraduate education programs in the field of cardiovascular anatomy and pathology

Cardiac Anatomy and Pathology Live Sessions at the annual congress of the ESC. For the first time ever in the history of these sessions, they were delivered with 3D imaging at the 2010 ESC Congress in Stockholm, setting a landmark for education in Cardiovascular medicine.

Report of the Working Group scientific meeting on “Emerging concepts in Developmental Anatomy and Pathology” -  Malaga (Spain), 2009.

Read the report on the Working Group's scientific meeting "Emerging concepts in developmental anatomy and pathology" - Malaga (Spain), 2009

ESC Congress resources on Anatomy and Pathology 

Discover your working group sessions during last ESC Congress or directly browse on ESC 365.


Our Working Group promotes exchange and interactions amongst our members covering two main areas of research:

Human cardiovascular anatomy and pathology

The Working Group research interests range from acquired to congenital heart diseases using techniques from gross morphology to molecular biology.

Normal and anormal cardiac development

The Working Group is actively involved in the investigation of normal and abnormal development of the heart and vasculature as it ultimately relates to human disease.