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Welcome Letter from Jae K. Oh


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.

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