Novalia Sidik – Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT)

Start date: 25th September 2019

End date: 29th September 2019

Location: San Francisco

Travel reports

Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) is the largest international conference for interventional cardiology, with didactic sessions, case reviews, meet the experts and late breaking clinical trial sessions spread over five days. It serves as a platform for the latest evidence-based data on cardiovascular intervention to be shared with thousands of clinicians and scientists, and for practical education through the application of current and emerging technologies.

As an abstract presenter, I was provided with the opportunity to improve my presentation skills and disseminate my research. Engaging with the audience and answering their questions allowed me to learn through critical appraisal and feedback. The themed sessions also meant that I was able to benefit from presentations of similar focus and formulate further research questions.

Attending the numerous sessions at the conference has expanded my knowledge, not only in my area of interest, but also the broader field of interventional cardiology, which has proven useful in providing context for my own work. This is further emphasised by interactions with peers and senior academics working in the same area. Their insights and expert opinions have been invaluable.

Hands-on training sessions of various themes were also available. I had the opportunity to attend a session on large-bore access which was highly educational. The session concentrated on the use of ultrasound to guide puncture, different access points, and closure devices.

TCT 2019 has been a great experience. I have developed experience and skills by presenting my research before a group of experts in the field, and gained knowledge on the most up-to-date clinical practice and cardiovascular research that is taking place around the world.

Amy Ferry – RCN International Research Conference

Start date: 3rd September 2019

End date: 5th September 2019

Location: Sheffield, UK

Travel reports

Prize money from the Scottish Cardiac Society enabled me to attend The Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference 2019. I submitted two abstracts one of which was accepted as a poster presentation and one as an oral presentation. This three day conference provided an excellent platform for me to present my research on the use of qualitative research methods within the setting of a clinical trial.

Having the opportunity to speak at international conferences is undoubtedly excellent and necessary research training if a research career is to be pursued. The high cost associated with conference attendance means this can only be made possible through travel bursaries.

This conference provided me the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues from across the world. I was also able to showcase the support provided to nurses by both the University of Edinburgh Centre of Cardiovascular Science and the Scottish Cardiac Society by my attendance there. As well as leading discussions about my research topic I was also able to take part in fringe events regarding the career pathways for clinical academic nurses.

Without the support of the Emily Taylor Grant I would not have been able to attend this meeting. I am very grateful for the continuing support that the Scottish Cardiac Society offers to nurse researchers. 

Alice Mezincescu – ESC Congress 2019

Start date: 31st August 2019

End date: 4th September 2019

Location: Paris, France

Travel reports

I am very grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for awarding me the Emily Taylor travel grant.

This has allowed me to attend ESC Congress 2019 in Paris France.

The European Society of Cardiology Congress is one of the most prestigious meetings in Cardiology where experts from all around the world gather to share their latest research.

For the last three years I have been reading for a PhD and running a small study looking at the importance of intramyocellular lipids in a population of type 2 diabetes patients and in fit athletes. Thanks to the Scottish Cardiac Society Emily Taylor grant I was able to attend this conference and present my research here. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with other researchers from around the world and network.

During the congress I had the opportunity attend many clinical lectures and hands-on sessions which allowed me to be up to date with the latest clinical trials in Cardiology, improve my overall knowledge and skills. I am confident that this will translate into better patient care and I want to thank the Scottish Cardiac society once more for making this visit possible.

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.

Christopher Gingles – European Society of Hypertension

Start date: 21st June 2019

End date: 24th June 2019

Location: Milan, Italy

Travel reports

I am very grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for supporting my travel via an Emily Taylor grant to attend and present my research at the European Society of Hypertension Annual Scientific meeting in Milan 2019. I gave an oral presentation and discussed the results of our clinical trial that investigated the use of allopurinol versus placebo to subjects with hypertensive heart disease. This was a unique opportunity at an international meeting to both further the knowledge in hypertension and promote Scottish research to a global audience. I laud the SCS for supporting trainees to attend meeting and courses, which we may otherwise not be able to go to.

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.