First Virtual Session held by Prof Tom Guzik and CVR

The global COVID-19 pandemic has required new avenues for researchers to come together, share their work, foster the development of new research and inspire young scientists. To this end, Cardiovascular Research hosted their first virtual session on 29th April 2020 titled “How to publish your Cardiovascular Research”, sharing how to both publish and produce high quality research with over 450 participants from around the world. This session was moderated by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Prof Tomasz Guzik and was previously intended for the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biomedicine (FCVB) meeting in Budapest, now postponed until 2021. 

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Professor Peter Ferdinandy was the first invited speaker who discussed the ways in which FCVB is changing and what attendees can expect at the meeting in 2021. Followed by Dr Nehal Mehta who shared insightful ways to improve the visibility of research and how he had experienced this with Cardiovascular Research including fast review process and social media exposure. Prof Karlheinz Peter discussed the importance of scientific integrity and reproducibility, including useful insights on study design and data presentation.

Cardiovascular Research also invited three authors of highly downloaded articles to share their research:

Dr Martina Calore was introduced by Dr David Harrison and discussed 'a novel murine model to decifer the role of microRNAs and Wnt signalling in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy'.

Professor Grant Drummond discussed 'the role of the innate immune system in hypertension and kidney disease'

Professor Claudia Monaco was introduced by Prof Charalambos Antoniades and focussed on 'the use of multi-omic techniques in atherosclerosis and immune research'.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in live polls and have their questions answered by the panel of international speakers. The session closed with a segment on the impact of social media in research, moderated Dr Pasquale Maffia, and discussion of how platforms such as 'Twitter can support both young investigators and senior researchers'.

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Cardiovascular Research continues to work closely with SCMH to both generate and promote world leading cardiovascular research. Researchers in the school both serve on the Cardiovascular Research Editorial Board and within the Journal’s senior Deputy Editor team. The engagement between Cardiovascular Research and attendees, including many from the school, will help provide tools for researchers and students to drive their research forward and grow new ideas, particularly whilst normal workflow is disrupted. Following the success of the virtual session, Cardiovascular Research will host more virtual sessions in the near future, look out for more details!

First published: 3 June 2020