Prof. Franco Cecchi is the President of the AICARM Onlus Association, founded together with Prof. Olivotto and other colleagues and patients in December 2019. Prof. Cecchi was medical director from 1979 to 2011 at the Careggi and Meyer Hospital in Florence , from 2005 to 2011 Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Florence and from 2012 to 2019 Adjunct Professor at the University of S. Raffaele (Milan). He began following patients with cardiomyopathy in 1977, starting collaborations in Italy, Europe, the United States, Egypt and Qatar, creating a network of cardiologists, geneticists, physiologists, cardiac surgeons, and arrhythmologists. With Prof. Olivotto since 1992, they have promoted and carried out numerous researches with other centers, introduced new therapies for patients with hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy, organized various national and international courses and conferences on the subject.
In 2014 he actively participated in the drafting of the Guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, largely derived also from the experience of Florence.