About the Event

"Our goal is to make a cutting-edge Congress, attractive, with a program that attracts and enthuses the participants", says Jorge Ilha Guimarães

With a track record of organizing more than 10 congresses, thformer president of the SBC, in the 2010-2011 biennium, JorgIlha Guimarães, anticipates, in this interview to our Jornal da SBC, how the organization of the next Brazilian Congress of Cardiology is going , which will take place between the 28th and 30th of September next year, in Porto Alegre. With an extensive academic and scientific contribution to Brazilian Cardiology, Jorge Ilha Guimarães, in addition to being the former president of the SBC, was president of the Rio Grandedo Sul Regional Office and of the Department of Ergometry aCardiovascular Rehabilitation at the entity.


Jornal SBC: Porto Alegre will host the 78th Brazilian Congress of Cardiology in 2023. In 2019, the last and unforgettable edition held in the city was a success. What can we expect in this new edition and what are the main changes in these years?

Jorge Ilha Guimarães: The last Congresses here in Porto Alegre were in 2011 - when I held the presidency of the SBC - and in 2019. They were events that were highly receptive and a great level of satisfaction on the part of the public. We have a place with excellent structure and comfortable accommodation and we are already working to maintain the excellent level of the 74th Brazilian Congress of Cardiology, held right here in Porto Alegre, as well as we will take advantage of the enormous success of the Brazilian and World Congress that has just been held in Rio de Janeiro.

Jornal SBC: Where will the event be held, what can we expect in terms of structure? Do we already have an expectation for the number of subscribers?

Jorge Ilha Guimarães: The previous events here in Porto Alegre were held at FIERGS, which has a beautiful and modern convention center, with a very beautiful amphitheater and comfortable rooms, which leave nothing to be desired when compared to the structure of a very high-end hotel. standard. We have some logistical challenges in Porto Alegre that, as in previous editions, will be overcome with the commitment, planning and organization of our team that is already working to deliver an exceptional event for everyone. We expect a number of 7 to 8 thousand subscribers, which will make us the biggest medical event in South America.

Jornal SBC: Less than 2 weeks ago, we ended the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology, which took place concurrently with the World Congress, in Rio de Janeiro. Why should anyone who was at the Worlds plan to go to the next Congress? Is it possible to find news in activities, in programming?

Jorge Ilha Guimarães: The World Congress was a success with the public, with the program taking place in Rio de Janeiro, which is a city with enormous attractions. We will have another scenario in Porto Alegre, a city that has come to value the river that surrounds it, with the recent redevelopment of the Guaíba waterfront, where the Embarcadero Pier stands out, a new gastronomic space in the city. However, the most important message for our physicians is that, in a medical year, many updates occur, especially in Cardiology, and they will be discussed in Congress. We promise a focus on innovation, discussing various aspects, not just from a scientific or technological point of view. In addition to a scientific program focused on innovation and sharing of scientific content of the highest quality. We are also preparing a series of cultural activities, which will allow our congress participants to socialize and interact and also get to know the cultural side of Porto Alegre and Rio Grande do Sul.

Jornal SBC: When work began on organizing the scientific program for the 78th Congress, what could the public expect? Is there an estimate of the number of activities? Will we have the participation of international speakers as well? Do we have a definition of themes that will be highlighted?

Jorge Ilha Guimarães: We already started organizing the Congress here in Porto Alegre as soon as I was appointed a few months ago, while we were waiting for the World Cup to conclude so that we could start building the scientific program, which is already underway. The World Cup has barely ended and we already had the first meeting of CECOM's scientific committee to deal with the congress in Porto Alegre. Just 4 days after the World Cup, we were gathering the entire commission to discuss the global aspects of the program, how it would be done in Porto Alegre, and, starting in December, face-to-face meetings with the entire team of the organization begin..

It is important to note that CECOM, the committee that held the World Congress in Rio, retained most of the members who contributed so much to the success of the Brazilian and World Congress of Cardiology, including the president of the Congress, Dr. Andréa Brandão, the same scientific committee, led by Dr. Paulo Caramori and the President of the Board of Directors of SBC, Dr. Joao Fernando Monteiro Ferreira. This way, I have the opportunity to work with a team that is already warmed up, aligned and with a lot of experience to carry out another great event.

? We plan to work with 14 or 15 fixed rooms and another 4 or 5 rooms for small group meetings, totaling approximately 20 rooms operating at the same time. We will have a strong presence of international speakers, as has happened in previous editions. We projected at least 2 lecturers linked to the American College of Cardiology, 2 to the American Heart, 2 to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), 2 to the World Federation, 3 to the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (SPC), 2 to InterAmericana and 2 to South American.

In all, considering the joint symposiums with these international entities, we should have something close to 30 foreign speakers, among the best in the world. Regarding the highlighted topics, as I said earlier, our focus will be on innovation. But it is obvious that traditional themes, such as acute coronary syndrome, hypertension, among others, will also receive special attention from us. Our goal is to make a cutting-edge Congress, attractive, with a program that attracts and enthuses the participants.

Jornal SBC: What is the importance for Cardiology in Rio Grande do Sul to participate in the organization of an event with national projection, is there great expectation and involvement of local physicians in the organization?

Jorge Ilha Guimarães: I would say that the success of the Congresses here in Porto Alegre is strongly related to the fact that Cardiology in Rio Grande do Sul embraces it. It is a Congress that everyone understands as theirs, everyone understands that they should help, receive colleagues from all over the country, so the entire “gauchada” welcomes them with an open heart. We already have numerous local committees to help organize the Congress and we have already held several meetings with local people. Although local people have no influence on the scientific program, which is organized by the SBC, they are involved in all other aspects and want everything to go well. So, in fact, this is a Congress of Rio Grande do Sul and of all cardiology in Rio Grande do Sul.