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New ESC President statement
Jose Roelandt death

NEW ESC PRESIDENT PROF FAUSTO PINTO ISSUES STATEMENT

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Firstly, a huge thanks to the 30,300 plus participants who travelled from 140 different countries to take part in the ESC Congress 2014, as well the 193,100 health care professionals who followed the latest scientific findings online.

ESC Congress 2014 was an extraordinary event, with important implications for the way we practice and treat patients. Highlights included a major breakthrough in the treatment of heart failure (PARADIGM-HF), the ongoing importance of prevention versus intervention, five new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines and a new batteryless cardiac pacemaker. All resources from ESC Congress can of course be accessed free in the online library ESC Congress 365.

As I begin my two year Presidency of this hardworking society, there are three major areas in which I hope to build on the way in which it supports you - cardiologists, nurses, allied professionals and all those who strive with us to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe and beyond:

• Education to secure proper dissemination of knowledge, best practices and how to apply them
• Supporting the young cardiologists in training, who will be the leaders of the future
• Membership to increase the impact of ESC science, knowledge and expertise around the world

In these goals we must be innovative, strive for excellence, and make a lasting impact. I look forward to working with you, for you, and hope to meet many of you as we take ESC science around the world.

Professor Fausto Pinto, FESC
President, European Society of Cardiology 2014 - 2016

JOSE ROELANDT DEATH

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The cardiology community was saddened to hear of the death of Professor Jose RTC Roelandt on 31 August 2014. A pioneer and innovator in echocardiography he was born in 1938, received his MD in 1964 and went on to become Cardiology chairman at the Thoraxcentre, Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands, in 1987.

Jos as he was known, was an author of over 1000 papers and 19 textbooks, he was the Founding Editor of the European Journal of Echocardiography and editor-in-chief from 1999 till 2010.

During his career he delivered many prestigious lectures, received a number of awards and was an honorary member of many cardiology societies.

The passing of Jos Roelandt is a great loss to European Cardiology and particularly to the echocardiography community. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.