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President Message

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Echocardiography Enthusiasts!

We just recently finished two successful meetings. The 2nd Annual AAE meeting was held jointly
with the Korean Society of Echocardiography on November 8-9, 2014 in Seoul, Korea (see the
attached photo) with more than 2,000 attendees and 27 international faculty from 12 countries.
We received 120 abstracts and 40 young scientists were invited to present their abstracts with
a travel grant. Dr. ZhiqingQiao of China was selected as the Young Investigator Award winner
from 4 very competitive presentations. The quality of the entire meeting was excellent with
topics ranging from discussion of interesting clinical cases to the most updated technology.

The scientific program for the meeting was created under the leadership of Dr. Satoshi Nakatani of Japan who is the AAE Scientific Chair and Dr. Jong-Min Song of Korea who is the KSE Scientific Chair. All international faculty members promised to support the growth of the AAE. We also had spectacular support from multiple Industry partners who have the same vision as that of AAE to promote optimal practice, research, and education of Echocardiography in the Asian-Pacific region. The second meeting took place in Vienna, Austria as an AAE-EACVI joint session where a parallel between the longitudinal strain and diastolic function was discussed by 4 presenters from Belgium, Korea, Japan, and the United States. The room was packed and their excellent presentations were followed by serious discussion among the speakers, attendees, and the moderators. At the EACVI meeting, the AAE YIA winner, Dr. Z. Qiao, was invited to present at the YIA around the world session.

AAE is taking baby-steps to grow to a mature association which can fulfill its mission. For us to accomplish that, we need your support by becoming a member Society or individual members. Our initial main goal is Echocardiography education. All of presentations at the 1st AAE meeting in Beijing were taped and uploaded to this website so that any member of our association can learn from them. We will create a space where interesting cases from the Asian-Pacific region can be uploaded. Dr. Ming Hsiung of Taiwan is organizing the 3rd AAE meeting to be held on December 11-13, 2015 in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. We hope that you can join us at the meeting.

Jae K. Oh, MD
President, Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography