From the President

The AECVP brings together the pathologists and other physicians who have a common interest in the pathology of the heart and vessels. Our mission is to promote excellence in all aspects of our specialty: from diagnostic pathology to education, clinical research and basic science in all different fields of cardiovascular pathology. We serve as a European network for personal contacts, presenting new research data and exchange of other scientific knowledge with the aim to increase visibility of this sub specialism in pathology. Following her roots, being a continuation of the European School for Cardiovascular Pathology founded in Amsterdam 1991, AECVP puts much efforts in teaching: not only at our own biennial meetings, but also in programs with several other European societies dealing with cardiovascular science. The biennial congresses of AECVP, which are hosted by members, are always organized at attractive locations like Padua, Aarhus, London, Lisbon, Cadiz and this year in Paris. Our next biennial will be held in Cologne (2016). Members of AECVP also work on guidelines and consensus position papers dealing with the recognized problem areas in diagnostic cardiovascular pathology. One of these, published in 2008, has now become an important lead in performing an adequate autopsy in case of Sudden Cardiac Death; and several others are joint ventures with our American companion society in cardiac pathology, the SCVP. An important one has been published in 2012 on the role of endomyocardial biopsy. In preparation are the Guidelines for aortic diseases, and a book on pathology of cardiac transplantation. You can find these documents published on the website, and in the journals ‘Virchows Archiv’ and ‘Cardiovascular Pathology’.


Annalisa Angelini
President of AECVP