Stephen Rankin – Midlands Echocardiography Foundation Course

Start date: 24th July 2019

End date: 27th July 2019

Location: Stoke on Trent

Travel reports

I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for supporting me to attend The Midlands Echocardiography Foundation course. This 3-day course is an excellent introduction to the skill of echocardiography and has greatly helped me prepare for my upcoming fellowship post in cardiology.

Echocardiography is an essential skill to have as a cardiologist. This course offers an in-depth experience covering all aspects of echocardiography with practical sessions to gain experience in echo. Without this course, I would not be able to have dedicated such an intense amount of time to echocardiography which would have made it harder to understand the basic principles of echocardiography. Now having attended this course I am comfortable in using echo and I am able to obtain images of the 4 cardiac windows and make assessments such as LV function which will be crucial in my next post as cardiology clinical fellow.

The skills I have learned over these 3 days will serve me for the rest of my career and I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society and the Emily Taylor Travel Fund to give me the opportunity to attend this course.

Agha Imran – EuroPCR 2019

Start date: 21st May 2019

End date: 24th May 2019

Location: Paris, France

Travel reports

I am profoundly grateful to SCS for supporting my travel to
EuroPCR 2019, which enabled me to present two very interesting
cases at the conference.
EuroPCR is the official annual meeting of the European
Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)
and the world-leading Course in Interventional Cardiovascular
EuroPCR was celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and it was
attended by more than 11000 active participants and around 4700
online learners.
I was able to present my a couple of cases during the conference.
This could not have been possible without the support from SCS.
I was able to share my experience with colleagues from all across
the world and the live sessions during the conference were a great
resource to observe international practice in interventional
cardiology and interact with the panel of interventionists and
The Emily Taylor grant helped me to attend the conference, share
knowledge and experience with professionals from around the
world and learn new skills in interventional cardiology. I am hopeful
that my knowledge and skills will be used for improvement of many
lives of patients with cardiac problems in general and ischemic
heart disease in particular.

Yousif Abusalma – EuroPCR 2019

Start date: 20th May 2019

End date: 25th May 2019

Location: Paris, France

Travel reports

As Interventional sub-specialist trainee, I am wholeheartedly pleased to share my thankful and great gratitude for the Scottish Cardiac Society via Emily Taylor travel fund. Which had made my oral presentation for an interesting unique interventional case from North of Scotland to be possible to be shared at international level in the most prestigious European intervention conference across Europe EuroPCR in Paris 05/2019 particularly this year which was quite buzzy year since it was celebrating it is 30th Anniversary. I have to say our case has been well received in the session which was combined with the Portuguese Cardiac society. Following the meeting and in this regard, I have received special warm thanks in form of a certificate of appreciation from the president of the Scottish Cardiac Society  Prof.H. Eteiba to congratulate me on my excellent presentation and contribution to the Scottish cardiac society program since my case has been selected among only 2 cases from whole Scotland via the Scottish Cardiac Society to be presented at Euro PCR this year which of course this was of great value endeavouring my career as Interventional Fellow. 

Beside my oral presentation, Indeed with no doubt it was fantastic platform for me to learn a lot from leading experts in their fields new technologies, trials and techniques having attended blends of Interesting complex intervention sessions which of course enriched my knowledge greatly leading to reflect this across the department and my colleagues fellows. In addition to all above I had the chance to attend the European Fellow Interventional course which was exceptionally good in providing comprehensive overall refreshment about the whole areas of Intervention. Moreover, I have the chance to meet with my Co-Fellows from other centers through the hands on sessions.

Lastly,I am extremely grateful to have been granted the fund. It has enabled attendance at highly educational meetings which would have been otherwise impossible.

Sabrina Nordin – EuroCMR 2019

Start date: 2nd May 2019

End date: 4th May 2019

Location: Venice, Italy

Travel reports

I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for supporting my travel to EuroCMR 2019 in Venice. As a final year trainee in cardiac imaging and having just completed my CMR research at Barts Heart Centre London, I am keen to continue to develop further my clinical and research interest and keep up-to-date on the latest development in CMR by attending the conference.  I found the sessions including the clinical cases sessions extremely educational and useful for my clinical practice.

I also had the opportunity to present a case series from Glasgow on the clinical utility of multiparametric CMR in the assessment of cardiac involvement in Becker muscular dystrophy where a combination of CMR and cardiac biomarkers could potentially be used for monitoring and guiding therapy particularly in patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction. 

This conference has also provided me the platform to network with peers and colleagues from across the world. I am very grateful for the support from the Emily Taylor Travel Fund in enabling me to attend this valuable meeting.

Evangelos Tzolos – BJCA: Cardiology to the core

Start date: 13th April 2019

End date: 14th April 2019

Location: Hinckley, UK

Travel reports

I would like to express my gratitude to the SCS and acknowledge the support of the Emily Taylor Travel Grant which facilitated my attendance at the British Junior Cardiology Association Spring meeting in Birmingham, 2019. The meeting programme was extremely educational, and this has been invaluable to help me in my preparation for the European Exam in in General Cardiology (former KBA). Without the support of the Emily Taylor Grant I would not have been able to attend this meeting, and I am very grateful for the ongoing support of the Scottish Cardiac Society. 

Agha Imran – Cardiac CT Course

Start date: 1st April 2019

End date: 5th April 2019

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Travel reports

I write to acknowledge the support of the Emily Taylor Travel Grant, which facilitated my attendance at the Edinburgh Cardiac CT course, held in Edinburgh. I was supported for the travel costs for the course.

This was a 5 days long course and covered from the basics of cardiac CT to interpretation of complex disease. One hundred and fifty cases were shown during this course and the attendees reported these cases in groups of two during the course.

Consultant cardiologists, senior cardiology registrars and radiology trainees from UK and abroad, attended the course.

The course qualifies the trainees at level-2 accreditation with British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging.

The course gave me opportunity to learn a new skill to a level where I can independently report cardiac CTs. It also gave me the opportunity to meet cardiologists and radiology trainees interested in the field from all across the world.

I am profoundly grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for the kind support I received.

Santosh Raga – European Heart Rhythm Association Congress 2019

Start date: 17th March 2019

End date: 19th March 2019

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Travel reports

I write to acknowledge the support of the Emily Taylor Travel Grant to facilitate me to travel to Lisbon to attend EHRA Congress. As a Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device trainee it was extremely important for me to attend this congress.  I had the opportunity to attend important scientific sessions which helped me to further shape my career in Electrophysiology and Devices. I have attended several hands-on sessions particularly in arrhythmia mapping and ablations. There were few sessions mainly for trainees which I found extremely useful. This congress also gave me an opportunity to interact with experts and fellow trainees from around the world. On return I shared the latest evidences in the field from the congress with fellow trainees and my supervisors.

I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for the kind support I received.

Andrew Chapman – American Heart Association Scientific Congress

Start date: 9th November 2018

End date: 11th November 2018

Location: Chicago

Travel reports

I write to acknowledge the support of the Emily Taylor Travel Grant which facilitated my attendance at the American Heart Association Conference in Chicago, 2018. We were invited to present our publication into the use of clinical risk scores in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome at the annual Circulation highlights session. This was a unique opportunity to meet and present to the editors of Circulation, and to have discussion with leading experts in the field. During the AHA meeting, I was also present at a roundtable discussion with experts who lead the task force for the Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction. In the coming months we will publish an updated consensus review hoping to aid clinicians in the diagnosis of myocardial injury and infarction. Without the support of the Emily Taylor Grant I would not have been able to attend either meeting, and I am very grateful for the ongoing support of the Scottish Cardiac Society. 

Dr Andrew Chapman 

Specialist Registrar in Cardiology

Russell Everett – British Society of Echocardiography Annual Meeting

Start date: 5th October 2018

End date: 6th October 2018

Location: Liverpool

Travel reports

I am extremely grateful to the SCS for supporting my travel to the British Society of Echocardiography Annual Meeting in Liverpool on 5th to 6th October 2018. The conference programme was extremely educational, and this has been invaluable to help me in my transthoracic echocardiography reaccreditation. Due to limited funds being available from NHS Education for Scotland, the financial help from the SCS was key in enabling my attendance.

Sathish Parasuraman – Euro PCR

Start date: 21st May 2018

End date: 25th May 2018

Location: Paris

Travel reports

I am writing to express my gratitude for supporting my travel to this international conference. I am a sub-specialty trainee in coronary intervention. My submission to Euro-PCR 2018 conference was accepted for oral presentation. While I was pleased to present at this prestigious meeting, I was slightly concerned about the travel and accommodation costs to Paris, as the registration fee alone was eight hundred pounds. I heard from my colleague on the Scottish Cardiac Society – Emily Taylor travel fund and decided to apply for it. The application process, communication from SCS and the whole process was very easy and smooth. I was pleasantly surprised that my application was granted.

The Euro-PCR 2018 was attended by 12,000 experts from around the globe. There were new trial report presentations, novel coronary and peripheral intervention techniques and lectures on management of complications during percutaneous intervention. The study gave excellent chance to meet experts from Europe and around the globe, especially as I am applying for an interventional fellowship.

My presentation on a complex coronary intervention performed by Dr Deepak Garg and myself at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, was well received by the moderators and the audience. They lauded our interventional technique. It was great to know that what we did in some corner of Scotland was of international standard, and more! I have urged my junior fellows to submit more cases and outcomes from our centre in future meetings. The whole experience from the conference was exceptional and I cannot thank Scottish Cardiac Society and our local girl-Emily Taylor for this generous sponsorship.