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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to start with a big thank you to those who have participated in the past Echo Hong Kong Conferences. It's sometimes easy to lose sight of how far we've overcome and the achievements we've made but your continuous support is a huge vote of confidence for us to keep hosting this biennial event since 1997.  

Cardiovascular disease is the number two killer disease in Hong Kong and takes away more than 5,000 lives a year. According to World Health Organisation, an estimated 17.5 million people die of cardiovascular diseases each year though many can be treated or prevented. This suggested that we have been far better at treating the sick than stopping people getting sick in the first place. Public health no longer plays second fiddle and the importance of preventing illness has become central to healthcare policy.

Prevention is better than cure. Echocardiography offers a non-invasive, safe and inexpensive means to provide clinicians with real time, quality, anatomical and functional diagnoses of cardiovascular disorders almost anytime and anywhere. Since its first debut more than a decade ago, the mission of Echo Hong Kong Conference is to help industry players achieve a longer and better life through international partnership and knowledge sharing with the world class speakers on the state-of-the-art science and techniques in diagnostic and prevention of heart diseases. Whatever progress we made in the past, we know only too well that more needs to be done.

Lifelong learning and commitment are the keys to ensure the delivery of a quality and caring healthcare services. Actions speak volumes and we sincerely hope that you would share the same vision with us. We have chosen 'From Wisdom to Clinical Practice' as the theme of this year's conference and so proud to have the generous support from Prof Bijoy Khandheria, Prof Gerald Maurer, Prof Natesa Pandian, Prof Johnathan Chan, Prof Smadar Kort, Prof Dominic Leung, Prof Jose Zamarano and Mrs Bonita Anderson.

For those who have never been to Hong Kong, you will be fascinated by it's living culture of unrivalled shopping, marvelous dining and hospitality. Don't forget to check out the best views of the city's skyline and harbor from the Peak. I am confident that Echo Hong Kong will undoubtedly proven to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Looking forward to greeting you in 10th Echo Hong Kong Conference in November 2015!

Dr Yuk-kong Lau
FACC, FRCP(Edinburgh), FRCP(London)
Chair and Program Director, Echo Hong Kong
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong
Consultant, Cardiovascular Disease & Internal Medicine
Head of Cardiology Department, Ruttonjee & Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals