Letter from ISACB President
It is hard to believe that one year has passed since I accepted the position as President of ISACB. 2017 has been an exciting year for ISACB Leadership with the involvement of more early career investigators. This has led to an influx of new ideas and creativity to our society. Since last year, we established many new initiatives focusing on increasing our membership and diversity, promoting our visibility through interactions with other societies and industry, and enhancing our recognition outside of the US by expanding into Europe and Asia.
I would like to thank our members who have been so active during this past year to help advance the mission of the ISACB and bring about positive change through our new initiatives. I would specifically like to recognize Luke Brewster for his tireless leadership and commitment to ISACB. One of our goals is to build on the successes of our previous biennial meetings and continue the momentum year-round. The Off Year ISACB 2017 Meeting Planning Committee, including Tim Pennel, Dan Simionescu and Luke have put together an exciting Program and helped recruit many members for the upcoming meeting in South Africa to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Heart Transplant with our colleagues at Cape Town (see the accompanying piece on the exciting events planned). ISACB 2018 Programing Committee led by Nico L’Heureux is working together with our European Partnership Committee chaired by Carlijn Bouten and early career researcher Claudia Goettsch. Thanks to their tremendous efforts the planning for our next meeting has progressed swiftly, and we are rapidly building innovative sessions with outstanding speakers from across the globe. The ISACB 2018 meeting will be held in beautiful Bordeaux, France (see the accompanying piece for more information, and stay tuned for details on abstract submission deadlines). We hope to see you all there!
In addition to planning exciting meetings we have continued our efforts in growing ISACB together. To accomplish this goal, we have established committees and scientific interest groups that will help to provide continuity between the meetings by encouraging interdisciplinary and international dialogue. Within these committees we aim to have a synergy of early career investigators and senior researchers to provide both fresh ideas and experience. I hope that by fostering a culture of mentorship within ISACB, we can grow new leaders and ensure the continuity and future success of the society.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of ISACB Women’s Leadership Committee co-chaired by Cynthia St Hilaire and Joy Lincoln with Agneta Simionescu as an active member. The goal of this committee is to promote visibility and engagement of women in ISACB activities and leadership (see the accompanying piece for more details on how to join the WLC). I am also happy to announce that Dan Simionescu has agreed to chair the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) representing communities of experts with shared interest in advancing specific areas of research, including cardiac surgery, heart valve disease, vascular biology, regenerative medicine, big data/-omics and many others (see the accompanying piece for more information on the SIGs). We encourage members to provide topics of interest and apply for the leadership positions as co-chairs for each group. Our newly formed Partnership with Industry Committee chaired by Mike Wolf aims to increase interactions with industry. The goals of this group are to foster collaborations between academic scientists and industry representatives to help facilitate and expedite translation of basic discoveries. We would also like to thank Jane Grande-Allen for her long-term service on the ISACB Executive Committee and chairing the Early Career Committee. Jane recently stepped down from both responsibilities as she was named the new Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University! Congratulations, Jane, we are proud of you! We are now looking for other ISACB members to step forward to lead this important initiative.
I would like to welcome the following new members to ISACB: Joy Lincoln, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Ulf Hedin, Karolinska Institute; Hai Shang, Edwards Life Sciences; Praveen K Sobhan, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology India; Jillian Noblet, Cook Medical; and Francois Saucy, Center Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois. Our future plans include expanding ISACB membership by connecting with scientists in new research areas to broaden ISACB scientific scope, establish new collaborations with other academic societies and industry, and foster Trainee Initiatives. If your membership is currently in arrears an email will be forthcoming with a link to renew your membership. Additionally, I want to highlight the hard work of Julie Phillippi and Josh Hutcheson who work to keep us informed and connected using modern technologies (be sure to check out our exciting webinars) and social media platforms. Please share your news with us so that we can celebrate your accomplishments in future editions of our eCirculator newsletter. Also look for special features in this and upcoming editions of eCirculator that profile the important work being performed by ISACB members. We welcome your participation and input from all members. We also encourage you to communicate your ideas about how ISACB can better serve our community and advance the careers of the next generation of applied cardiovascular scientists. Finally, please forward the eCirculator along to your friends and colleagues and encourage them to join our ISACB family!
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