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.

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.

Nick Spath – Heart Rhythm Society

Start date: 9th May 2018

End date: 12th May 2018

Location: Boston

Travel reports

I have been very fortunate to have been granted funds from the Emily Taylor Travel Grant this May, enabling me to attend a large international conference in Boston; Heart Rhythm Society 2018. The conference attracts EP specialists worldwide, and with over 12,000 delegates, provided an amazing platform to present our analysis on outcomes in RV pacing within NHS Lothian.

In brief, we undertook a large retrospective analysis of long-term clinical outcomes following pacemaker insertion, stratified according to RV lead insertion site. The analysis provides valuable data to the literature, where there is still lack of consensus. The sessions were extremely well attended and there was a great deal of interactive and engaged discussion around my presented work, and it was both interesting and useful to gain feedback and thoughts of others from different centres, on this common clinical question. There is no doubt that it has informed my write-up and improved the quality of the manuscript immeasurably.

The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to meet and re-kindly relationships with EP professionals from other departments in which I have worked. Opportunities to see these people are infrequent but important in maintaining links between our institutions.

I am extremely grateful to have been granted funds for the second time within my PhD. It has enabled attendance at highly educational meetings which would have been otherwise impossible.

Stacey Stewart – Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery International Nursing Research Conference

Date: 18th April 2018

Location: Birmingham

Travel reports

I am very grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for the Emily Taylor Travel Award. This enabled me to attend the 2018 Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery International Nursing Research Conference in Birmingham, where I presented my poster on patient recruitment into research within an acute cardiology setting. The conference was attended by research nurses and nurse researchers from a range of different specialties and institutions. Despite being from different specialties, many people had experienced similar challenges when recruiting patients to clinical trials. My poster stimulated some great discussion with other research teams around different recruitment strategies and I received many valuable comments. I was able to take back some of these suggestions to the team, which may be beneficial for our future research studies.

It was a very informative conference with many networking opportunities. I was able to hear about nursing research developments and speak to many experienced researchers about the different methodologies they had used. This will be beneficial to me in my future career as I hope to undertake my own cardiology research project. Furthermore, it was highly valuable speaking to research teams who have undertaken patient and public involvement work, as our team were in the process of developing a patient advisory group. Since this conference we have had our first patient and public involvement meeting with our patient advisory panel, which was a great success.

Fiona Shearer – Philips Cardiac CT Course

Start date: 6th February 2018

End date: 10th February 2018

Location: London

Travel reports

I am extremely grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for agreeing to support my travel to the Philips Cardiac CT course in London, from the 6th to the 10th of February 2018. This was an intensive, non profit, course which covered all aspects of cardiac CT. This included lectures, reporting cases and watching live CT acquisition. The Faculty were all level 3 accredited, highly experienced CT consultants and the technical support from Philips was exceptional. This course allowed me to gain level 2 accreditation in cardiac CT; this would have taken several months to do without a course. It was also extremely useful as cardiac CT is not available in my local hospital so I would have had to travel to other NHS trusts to gain day to day training.

I would like to thank the society again for supporting me. Without their support I would not have been able to attend this course.

Many thanks

Dr Fiona Shearer

Sowmya Venkatasubramanian – EHRA EUOPACE

Start date: 18th June 2017

End date: 21st June 2017

Travel reports

I am very grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for supporting my travel to the EHRA EUOPACE-CARDIOSTIM 2017 congress held in Vienna between the 18th and 21st June 2017.  As a final year trainee in cardiac devices, this was an excellent forum highlighting the latest and the best in the field of implantable cardiac devices.

I attended some excellent sessions by world-renowned speakers in the field of cardiac devices. Of particular interest to me were sessions on alternative site ventricular pacing – an area of that bears great potential and is definitely creating a lot of interest amongst electrophysiologists and device experts around the globe. The congress also had very interesting sessions on real world experience on the latest technology in the field of devices – such as subcutaneous ICDs and the leadless pacemaker technology. It was also very educational to watch experts describe their ‘nightmare cases’ of cardiac resynchronisation therapy implants in the cath lab and how they tackled them. Live demo sessions were a great resource to observe and learn new techniques/ equipment available that would be of great value in difficult CRT implants. In addition to all of this, the congress provided a great platform for networking with peers and colleagues.

This travel fund also allowed me to take the extremely challenging EHRA (European Heart Rhythm Association) accreditation exam in cardiac devices that was held on the first day of the congress meeting. I am very pleased to inform the Society that I have successfully passed this exam providing me with Level 1 accreditation in cardiac devices. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Vienna and it’s awesome weather!

I thank the Society for their on-going support and hope that I can translate the knowledge gained at this conference into clinical practice.