In memoriam Professor Constantin C. Iliescu – from guidelines to clinical practice in cardiology!
Welcome to the 58th Congress of the Romanian Society of Cardiology. This year, within the congress, we continue to celebrate the important personalities who have significantly contributed to the progress of cardiology in Romania. Professor Constantin C. Iliescu (1892 – 1978), a permanent member of the Romanian Academy since 1965, is considered to be the founder of Romania’s clinical cardiology. In his over 200 books and scientific works published, he laid the foundation for the transfer of knowledge from theory into the current clinical practice in the field of cardiology.
The congress shall take place over 4 days this year as well. The first day is dedicated to the courses, there being a record number of 8 courses with varied themes: anti-hyperglycemia medication, dyslipidemia, genetic cardiovascular diseases, electrocardiography for nurses and cardiologists, echocardiography, cardiac failure and cardiorespiratory resuscitation.
This year, the congress is honored by the participation of 30 lecturers from abroad, prestigious names in cardiology from Europe and the United States of America. The participation to the opening ceremony, as well as to the scientific session organized in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), of the vice-president of the European Society, Professor Franz Weidinger from Austria, and the Secretary of the European Society, Professor Dan Atar from Norway, is of great importance.
The primary novelties of this congress are: (1) increasing the importance of the interdisciplinary sessions, organized commonly with other professional societies, with the Romanian Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, as well as with prestige universities, such as those from Barcelona and Cluj-Napoca; (2) encouraging oral communications by introducing them within certain awards competitions; (3) maintaining sessions which contain “rapidly commented works”, that is a series of short oral communications followed by comments from moderators, which will also receive awards; (4) selecting the best 40 posters to be moderated by the experts; (5) maintaining the “image corner” sessions and introducing the “hands-on in interventional cardiology” session; (6) maintaining the “The future of my career in cardiology” session dedicated to young cardiologists; (7) maintaining the session dedicated to medical students; (8) introducing the session dedicated to the RSC branches. Among all these novelties, the Romanian Society of Cardiology aims at stimulating young cardiologists, both from a professional point of view, as well as a scientific one. Concurrently, it aims at enhancing the congress’ interdisciplinary character, so that it may become a “forum” for debate between different specialties whose activity is the diagnosis and treatment of the patient with a cardiovascular pathology.
Once again, this year, we preserve the tradition of the sessions shared with the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), the Hungarian Society of Cardiology, that of the “breakfast” sessions also dedicated to young cardiologists, and of sessions of debated clinical cases. The Tribute Conference session, held by experts in cardiology from Romania and dedicated to the great names in the field, continues to be of great importance. Last, but not least, as we do every year, on Saturday morning we invite you to the Cardiologists’ Cross.
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Professor Dragoș Vinereanu
President, Romanian Society of Cardiology
Associated Professor Ovidiu Chioncel
Secretary, Romanian Society of Cardiology