CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology, Italy
Cardiovascular Ultrasound is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal covering clinical, technological, experimental, biological, and molecular aspects of ultrasound applications in cardiovascular physiology and disease.
The open access approach will give benefit to readers, who will find no barrier to continuing education through journals (at present impeded by subscription, registration, pay per view, and so on) and to the scientist, who will have additional chances to gain access to high quality journals, also outside the circle of structured scientific societies where the richest nations are over-represented in excess of their scientific merits.
Eugenio Picano, MD, PhD is the Director General of the Institute of Clinical Physiology of Pisa, the largest biomedical institute of the Italian National Research Council, with about 100 tenured researchers. A clinical cardiologist with a strong background in cardiovascular imaging and multidisciplinary research, he has published 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals (cumulative impact factor around 1,000, H-index 49). Current or past editorial board member and frequent reviewer of all major cardiology and imaging journals.
His past contributions include stress echocardiography for diagnosis of coronary artery disease and non-destructive ultrasound biopsy of atherosclerotic plaque. The current fields of interest include development of novel therapies in coronary artery disease and finding new approaches to improve the sustainability of high-tech medical imaging, with the need to include long-term risk of radiation-induced cancer in the risk-benefit balance of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging.