7th Meeting of European Section and 8th Meeting of North American Section

September 20-23, 2021
Banja Luka, The Republic of Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina

We are very pleased to inform you that the 7th Meeting of European Section and 8th Meeting of North American Section of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS) will be jointly held during 20-23 September 2021 in Banja Luka, the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a hybrid format. The well-known COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 caused a cancellation of the European Section and North American Section IACS meetings in Banja Luka and Montreal, respectively. In order to overcome this obstacle, while taking advantage of the currently more favourable epidemiological situation in the Balkans, it was decided to allow the presenters who are at liberty to come to Banja Luka to have floor presentations, reserving the time slots for those prominent scientists from around the globe who cannot do that, to participate online. We believe that the hybrid format of the meeting will allow us to create the best meeting possible.

Banja Luka and its Faculty of Medicine has long been a centre of cardiovascular research, which was even more strengthened since 2018, when the Centre for Biomedical Research was established within this faculty. Previous results in the field of cardiovascular research prompted us to apply for the organisation of this IACS conference, in order to improve our research foundations and make easier access to global research cooperation.

Our wish is to attract the researchers from abroad and especially from the surrounding countries. This time, the IACS meeting is named “Cardioprotection and Cardiometabolic Diseases: From Bench to Bedside“. It is is focused on cardioprotection, cardiometabolic diseases, risk factors, oxidative stress and inflammation, genetics, epidemiology, prevention, nutrition, exercise and hyperbaric physiology however translational and applied aspects in cardiovascular research will be also presented. The scientific programme will include a broad mix of topics from molecular, cellular, clinical and integrative aspects of cardiovascular sciences going ahead to the scientific problems covered by the international scientific community.

We do hope that this meeting is a unique opportunity for all participants to exchange their ideas and give their own contribution to this fruitful cooperation. Finally, Banja Luka, the capital of the Republic of Srpska, is a place rich in history, monuments, recreational areas, museums and galleries. Today, Banja Luka is not only a vibrant university centre, but also an oasis of good energy and beauty and a well-developed tourist destination, popular among domestic and foreign guests seeking a relaxing getaway in the countryside and an adventurous rafting in the canyon of the river Vrbas. Our venue – the Centre of Culture Banski Dvor (Governor’s Palace) offers excellent conditions for scientific meetings, as this one certainly is.

We appreciate your participation, wishing you a warm welcome to Banja Luka and the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On behalf of the Organising & Programme Committee,
Ranko Škrbić, Meeting Chair
Miloš P Stojiljković, Meeting Co-Chair

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