The European Council for Cardiovascular Research (ECCR) started its life 30 years ago under its original name of the ‘European Blood Pressure Group’. The first meeting was held in March 1979 in Cambridge, UK, and to date 25 meetings have been held in various European locations.
The objective of ECCR is to promote the relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of good health by promoting clinical and experimental research in hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Europe.
ECCR is a member of the Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science of the European Society of Cardiology, whose aims are to enhance the importance of basic science to clinical cardiology and act as a Europe wide forum for cardiovascular research societies, and a conduit for positive collaboration.
Membership of the ECCR is available on three levels:
- Ordinary Membership – open to those who have made substantial contributions to research in cardiovascular disease.
- Post-doctoral Fellows Membership – open to anyone active in the field of Cardiovascular Research.
- Student Membership – open to BSc, MSc and PhD students (including endorsement by 2 paying regular members) working in the field of cardiovascular medicine who have not yet published sufficiently to qualify for full membership.
ECCR holds an Annual Scientific Meeting in October. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a forum for active clinical and non-clinical researchers to discuss important aspects of their work and therefore to strengthen European research in the field of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. The meetings bring together both senior and junior scientists from the leading European groups in the field of cardiovascular research.