The successful transplantation of Denise Darvall’s heart into the chest of Louis Washkansky revolutionized cardiovascular medicine, and the procedure thrust Dr. Christiaan Barnard and Groote Schuur Hospital into the international spotlight. This past December, cardiovascular researchers from around the world gathered at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant. At a similar anniversary celebration at the same location in 1987, a group of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, and vascular biologists formed the International Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB). Therefore, ISACB members attended the Cape Town event with two purposes: to commemorate a landmark medical achievement and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our society.
More about the history of ISACB and the Cape Town meeting can be found at the following link: http://isacb.org/capetown
Webinar recordings of two portions of the ISACB-centric session entitled; “ISACB is 30 YEARS OLD: The era of Repair, Replacement and Regeneration”, can be viewed at the following links:
Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD and Peter Zilla, MD PhD- click to view recording
Maximilian Emmert, MD PhD- click to view recording
Per ISACB tradition, the Cape Town meeting was filled with world-class science and good times with friends. The picture essay below highlights this extraordinary event. We hope that you will join us in Bordeaux to create more memories.
Cape Town provides a breathtaking setting…
Cape Town viewed from Table Mountain
Looking out from Table Mountain
The colors of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood
The African penguin loves ISACB
… and a rich history in cardiovascular medicine.
Louis Washkansky and Dr. Christian Barnaard
A recreation of the first heart transplant at Groote Schuur
The meeting was highlighted by a dinner gala at the University of Cape Town.
Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town
Inside the meeting gala
ISACB members gather at Jameson Hall
ISACB gathered to discuss the past, present, and future of cardiovascular research.
Dr. Elena Aikawa presents an award to Dr. Peter Zilla
Dr. Peter Zilla discusses his pioneering work in tissue engineering
Dr. Elena Aikawa discusses mechanisms of cardiovascular calcification
Dr. Masanori Aikawa discusses macrophage biology
Dr. Luke Brewster discusses work on peripheral arterial disease
Mike Wolf gives an industry perspective on translation
Dr. Magdi Yacoub discusses aortic valve replacement and repair
Dr. Dan Simionescu discusses regeneration of living valves
Dr. Carlijn Bouten discusses heart valve tissue regeneration
Dr. Nico L’Heureux discusses tissue engineered blood vessels
Dr. Glenn Gaudette discusses the use of spinach leaves for heart regeneration
Dr. Tim Pennel gives a clinician scientist perspective on vascular research
Dr. Cynthia St. Hilaire discusses telomerase in aortic valve calcification
Dr. Josh Hutcheson discusses the role of melanocytes in aortic valve maintenance
ISACB members also spent time preparing for the upcoming meeting in Bordeaux!
Drs. Craig Goergen, Josh Hutcheson, Claudia Goettsch, and Carlijn Bouten
Drs. Josh Hutcheson, Cynthia St. Hilaire, and Craig Goergen
Drs. Elena and Masanori Aikawa