Dear colleagues and friends!

I cordially welcome you on the website of the Russian Chapter of the International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound.

International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU) was established in 1991 and it is considered to be one of the most authoritative cardiologic and ultrasound international societies in the world. The Society publishes the peer-reviewed journal “Echocardiography” issued 8 times a year.

In 1994 it was the first time when I participated in the 2 World Congress of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound, which was held by ISCU in Nice. Since that time I try not to miss this event which in recent times became annual. The typical characteristic feature of the Society is that not only specialists from developed countries of Europe and North America take an active part in its work but also cardiologists from developing countries. To illustrate this we can mention several cities where the World Congresses were held for the last few years: Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, Peking, Cairo, Seoul, Buenos Aires.

Communicating with foreign colleagues I made sure that echocardiography and vascular ultrasound are developed better in many countries than in Russia, the specialists are more active and well-organized. The voice of Russians is still weak in the international cardiovascular ultrasound community. There are a lot of problems in our work. It turned out that cardiovascular ultrasound in our medicine appeared to be “between several chairs”: cardiology, functional and ultrasound diagnostics. I am absolutely sure that one of the main ways of our development, perfection and improvement of quality of our work lies in overcoming the isolation from the world ultrasound community.

In May 2004 in Antalya (Turkey) during the 8 World Congress of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound under the chairmanship of the President of ISCU Professor Navin C. Nanda, there was made a decision to organize the Russian Chapter of ISCU.

The creation of it was approved and supported by the President of the Russian Society of Cardiology, academician Rafael G. Oganov. The mission of the Chapter is to assist the integration of Russian ultrasound specialists into the professional world community and to promote the highest possible standards in clinical diagnosis, research, technical development, and education in cardiovascular ultrasound in Russia.

The office of the Russian Chapter was based in Tyumen Cardiology Center.

 

 The objectives of the Chapter:

1. To promote the exchange of ideas and information between the world community and Russian specialists in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound.
2. To arrange exchange of specialists and other forms of training abroad.
3. To organize symposia and other educational and information work in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, publish of printing materials.
4. To help promote the introduction and advancement of innovative methods of cardiac ultrasound.

 What has been done and what is planned in the near future:

1. The following meetings were held with the active contribution of RCISCU:
  Seven International Symposia on Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound:
    - I Symposium took place within XI Annual International Conference “Cardiology Update”, 24 November 2004;
    - II Symposium was held within Russian National Clinical-Diagnostic Forum of Cardiology, 24-26 May 2005;
    - III Symposium was held in conjunction with XIV Annual International Conference “Cardiology Update” 21-22 November 2007.
    - IV Symposium was held in conjunction with XV Annual International Conference “Cardiology Update”, 29-31 October 2008;
    - V Symposium was held in conjunction with XVII Annual International Conference “Cardiology Update”, 19-21 May 2010.
    - VI Symposium was held within the II International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences”, 18-20 May 2011.
    - VII Symposium was held within the III International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences”, 16-18 May 2012.
  Course on Transesophageal Echocardiography by Lee Frazin, MD, 28-29 July 2005.
  XV World Congress of the International Cardiac Doppler Society in conjunction with Russian National Conference on Cardiac Resynchronization and Cardioversion Defibrillation, 24-26 May 2006.
  Russian-American Symposium “Update in Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in Coronary Artery Disease”, 26 May 2008.
  International Congress on Geriatric Cardiology and Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging in conjunction with XVI Annual International Conference “Cardiology Update”, 27-29 May 2009.
  International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroad of Sciences”, 19-21 May 2010.
  II International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences” in conjunction with XVIII Annual Conference “Cardiology Update”, 18-20 May 2011.
  III International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences” in conjunction with XIX Annual Conference “Cardiology Update”, 16-18 May 2012.
2. The website of RCISCU was created: www.iscu.ru
3. Eight numbers of the bulletin of RCISCU were issued.
4. IV International Congress “Cardiology at a Crossroads of Sciences” in conjunction with VIII International Symposium of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound and XX Annual Conference “Cardiology Update” will be held on 16-18 May 2012.

 

Colleagues!

You are warmly invited to take an active part in the oncoming projects. I’m sure that the Russian Chapter can become a good assistant for specialists in the field of echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.

 

Vadim A. KUZNETSOV ,MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FISCU

  Professor of Cardiology
Chairman of RCISCU,
Director of Tyumen Cardiology Center,
Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation