It is a pleasure to me to report on our recently WG scientific meeting “Emerging concepts in Developmental Anatomy and Pathology”, which was held at the Parador Nacional del Golf in Malaga, Southern Spain.This time the whether behaved accordingly with the nick name of “Costa del Sol” and we also honoured the second nickname “Costa del Golf”, since the meeting took place on a wonderful sea-shored green and golf resort.The second day, Tuesday 17th March, we have had the soul of the meeting, since the entire day was devoted to science, even though the sunny day was claiming us to go for a walk on the sea shore.
Conclusion: In summary, to my understanding, our WG scientific meeting in Málaga was a great sucess, where we enjoyed the quality of science together with a relaxing and sunny atmosphere in Southern Spain.As not everything was excellent, probably one of the drawback of enjoying Southern Spain was the abundancy (and probably the quality too) of food, both at lunch and dinner!!At the end of the meeting, several things were highlighted.First and the most important one was the designation of Ross Breckenrigde (Mill Hill, London, UK) as the 2009 Pexieder awardee.The meeting was highly successful from the scientific point of view.
We managed to have a three day gathering, convering major topics on cardiovascular development and anatomy and pathology.
On our way to achieve so, we encourage all our WG members to participate on the first meeting of the ESC Council of Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (CBCS), of which our WG is a founding member, in Berlin, July 2010 .
In the same line of our commitment to the “Frontiers in Cardiovascular Sciences meeting” in Berlin 2010, our WG will not gather together that year but we look forward to do so in Prague 2011.
His commitment as MD to play attention to basic and translational research was of great importance for the jury, as well as, of course his excellent presentation on the role of Hand1 during cardiac heart failure.
Secondly, it was enhanced our WG commitment to develop and eventually become the reference meeting point in Europe for cardiovascular developmental biologists, linking therein also specialists on cardiovascular anatomy and pathology.
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