Welcome Message

On behalf of the Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography (AAE), I am pleased to announce AAE’s first independent Scientific Session, Echo Asia 2018, to be held in the beautiful Island of Jeju, Korea from May 24th to 26th, 2018 and welcome you to the meeting. The meeting will focus on the role of Echocardiography in Structural Heart Diseases and Heart Failure. Fifty international as well as Asian-Pacific faculty members will present the state-of-the arts lectures in the most relevant and recent development in Echocardiography as well as participate in the basic Echocardiography training curriculum.

The AAE was founded or rather transitioned from the Asian-Pacific Congress of Doppler Echocardiography (APCDE) in 2012 to promote optimal clinical use and collaborative investigation in Echocardiography in Asian-Pacific region. Although started by four member societies (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan), the AAE includes Australia, Hong-Kong, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Thailand. The AAE is also partnering with the Asian-Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) in our scientific meetings and collaborative projects.

For the last 5 years, the AAE is growing gradually and has received enthusiastic support from other international Echocardiography or Imaging Societies/Associations. We had several joint sessions with the EACVI (European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) including one this December focusing on the RV function, and are a member of International Alliance of the American Society of Echocardiography. ASEAN community has expressed an interest in collaboration. ECOSIAC has participated in our meetings. We had 4 successful meetings so far jointly with Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese Society of Echocardiography. Now, we are ready to jump to the next level to expand our membership and to have the first independent Scientific Session next May. We truly hope that you can join us to celebrate our achievements and to share your research data, interesting cases, and friendship with us in the Jeju Island.

The Jeju Island is known for its beautiful beaches and volcanic landscape of craters and the longest cavelike lava tubes in the world. Halla Mountain, a dormant volcano, features hiking trails, a crater lake at the 1,950m summit and nearby Gwaneumsa Temple. Regular direct flights to and from international cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Shanghai (as well as South Korea's domestic airports) and liberal visa requirements also make you getting here easy. Looking forward to hosting you and your family in Jeju Island!

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