Welcome Letter

Jae K. Oh

MD

President, Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography

Samsung Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

Founding Director, Samsung Heart Vascular Stroke Institute, Korea

To echocardiography enthusiasts in the Asian-Pacific region,

On behalf of Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography (AAE), I like to invite you to our next annual scientific and educational meeting, ECHO ASIA (www.echoasia2020hk.org), to be held in Hong Kong from May 28th to 30th, 2021 under the directorship of Dr. Alex Lee of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The meeting will be designed for beginners as well as advanced learners in echocardiography with focus on structural heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmia. There will be workshops for beginners and scientific sessions for presenting the most up to date knowledge in echocardiography. There will be international faculty from the EACVI, American Society of echocardiography, and 10 AAE member societies or working groups (Australian, Chinese, Indian academy, Japanese, Korean, Philippine Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Thailand as well as the organizing group in Hong Kong).

Echocardiography continues to be the main diagnostic imaging and hemodynamic tool for cardiac patients. It requires optimal imaging technique and proper interpretation as well as application to patient care. These can be accomplished by continuous training of physicians and sonographers who perform and interpreted echocardiography examination. We also need to continue clinical investigation to search for more reliable and practical applications of echocardiography. AAE was established in 2013 to accomplish these goals of echocardiography Education and collaborative research in the Asian-Pacific region. We have held 6 annual scientific meetings and established valuable educational materials in the AAE web site (aaecho.org). The future of the AAE will depend on active participation of physicians and sonographers who are interested in echocardiography. We will also encourage you to become a member of the AAE to support and encourage the growth and the maturity of the association.

We are very excited about his upcoming Echo Asia in Hong Kong, and looking forward to seeing you there.
 


 

Alex Lee

MBChB (Hons, CUHK), MD, FRCP (Edin), FACC, FESC

Chair, LOC ECHO ASIA
Professor of Cardiology,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Prince of Wales Hospital

Dear Friends,

 

With great honor and pleasure, Hong Kong will be the host city for ECHO ASIA. On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the Asian Pacific Association of Echocardiography, we cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd ECHO ASIA to be held from 28th to 30th May at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

The Scientific Committee has prepared a world class 2.5-day program showcasing the latest research and findings in the entire field of echocardiography as well as delivering the benchmark for best practice through the participation of a long list of internationally renowned speakers.

We are excited to bring to you multiple hands-on workshops on 3D echocardiography, strain analysis, POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound), echo simulators, and 3D printing. ECHO ASIA will be an excellent platform for cardiologists, surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, trainees, allied health professionals, healthcare experts in the field and industry partners for learning and networking opportunities.

We welcome your active participation in the congress by submitting abstracts for presentation at the free oral paper and poster sessions. We are confident that our participants will have a remarkable knowledge exchange through this platform.

Besides the scientific program, we would also like to invite you to enjoy the sights and sounds of this great city to the fullest. Situated in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong is the most beautiful, dynamic and sophisticated city with a unique blend of East-meets-West culture. We sincerely hope our participants will enjoy the vibrancy generated by the legendary shopping opportunities, internationally renowned cuisine, remarkable efficiency and friendly people of Hong Kong.

We encourage you to join us at the conference and look forward to seeing you at ECHO ASIA!

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