it has been a great pleasure for us to host the II “Florence International Symposium on Advances in Cardiomyopathies” , 9th Meeting of the Myocardial and Pericardial diseases Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology, which was held in Florence on 26-28th September 2012. Patients with cardiomyopathies constitute an increasingly large pro¬portion of patients seen by most cardiologists. This class of diseases can cause important and often unsolved management problems, despite rapid advances in the field. On the other hand, few other areas of cardiology have seen such an impressive contribution from basic science and translational research to the understanding of pathophysiology and clinical management. The course was designed to constantly promote close interaction betwe¬en basic science and clinical practice, and was preceded by two Minicourses with How-to sessions and Illustrative case study presentations. By general consensus, the meeting has been very successful, considering the over 300 physicians, clinical researchers, cardiologists, pathologists, basic scientists and young investigators from 30 different countries including the United States, Australia, Argentina, Egypt and Qatar. Both the Minicourses and the Main Sessions have received enthusiastical response from the audience, and the meeting rooms have been consistently well attended until late in the evening. We have to give credit to the Faculty that the quality of the talks has been outstanding. Furthermore, two novel aspects of the meeting deserve to be highlighted: 1- There has been an intentional and possibly unprecedented level of integration between basic and clinical science, not only in the course as a whole, but also within individual sessions. This has fostered a very close interchange between physicians, geneticists and clinical scientists which has enormously enhanced the originality of the contributions from the audience, in what is a veritable example of ongoing cross-fertilization. After all, few other working groups offer the same mix of clinical and basic science. 2- Each of the main sessions included keynote lectures by senior investigators as well as presentations from young scientists and physicians sharing their original research. This formula has proven particularly stimulating due to the complementary nature of the contributions; the right mix of experience and enthusiasm has been truly contagious and enjoyable. We are confident that the Florence Meeting 2012 has provided all the attendees with an opportunity to improve their understanding in this challenging area of cardiology and to stimulate further research in the field. For those that couldn’t make it, most of the talks are available on the App ITCONGRESS (for iPhone and iPad, available free on the Applestore); and will also be available soon on the Qatar Foundation website www.qscience.com. We wish to thank all those who took part, and are particularly grateful to the Scientific Committee and the Faculty for their valuable contribution. Our motto is that “meetings are for meeting, and meetings are for inspiration”.
Franco Cecchi Magdi Yacoub Iacopo Olivotto Robert Bonow
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