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Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide and the situation in new EU countries is particularly serious. There is, therefore, an urgent need to improve understanding of pathogenetic mechanisms underlying an initiation and progression of cardiovascular diseases as a prerequisite for developing novel therapeutic strategies and their translation to clinical settings. This goal cannot be achieved without sharing knowleddge and enhancing international cooperation and training. The planned meeting is a continuation of traditional series of meetings that started in Prague in 1994 and was followed every other year by meetings held in one of the V4 countries or in France (Smolenice 1996, Strasbourg 1998, Mariánské Lázně 2000, Smolenice 2002, Montpellier 2004, Debrecen 2006, Krakow 2008, Toulouse 2010, Hradec Králové 2012, Smolenice 2014 and Paris 2016). These meetings significantly improved scientific interaction and collaboration among researchers from these countries resulting in increasing success of joint grant applications and quality of joint publications.
The meeting will bring together researchers mainly from V4 countries, other new EU countries and France in order to strengthen communication and mutual collaboration, thereby accelerating scientific progress in cardiovascular research. Furthermore, it will provide an important opportunity for early stage researchers and pregraduate and postgraduate students to present and discuss their projects and results with established investigators in order to facilitate their involvement in scientific cooperation and exchange training in laboratories within new EU countries and France. The project coordinator and his team will be responsible for the organization of the meeting, selection of participants from the Czech Republic and coordination of participation of French distinguished cardiologists. Partners from other V4 countries will select participants from Slovakia, Hungary and Poland in cooperation with the project coordinator in order to create excellent and attractive scientific program and promote joint research activities. The meeting will be held in the project coordinator's organization – the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.