Background on the International Society of Cardiovascular Diseases
ISCVID is a society founded on the spontaneous and enthusiastic aggregation of physicians and scientists attending its meetings. The society requires no annual subscription by its members and receives its financial support from the registration fees of the attendees at its symposia and the generous contributions of the industries who support a fully independent scientific debate. Within ISCVID several large-scale scientific initiatives have been put forward. The most important is the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE) that involves 64 centres in 28 countries around the world.