On behalf of the ISACB Executive Committee, I congratulate each of our members on a job well done since the beginning of my presidential term in 2016. I wish to especially acknowledge the creativity of our early career members. Their new ideas have greatly contributed to the growth and energy of ISACB. Since last year several new initiatives were established and new working groups and committees were formed. We now have solid functional committees lead by active chairs and co-chairs. Particularly, our European Partnership Committee chaired by Carlijn Bouten, who recently joined the ISACB Executive Committee, has done a tremendous job in connecting us with our colleagues in Europe. A group of junior investigators and students led by Carlijn is organizing a pre-meeting mentoring workshop (Bordeaux, September 15) prior to our society’s main meeting (September 16-19). This one-day training program will focus on professional development and networking. The program includes presentations from emerging European stars Rafael Kramann and Caitríona Lally and a brainstorming session on unmet challenges in cardiovascular medicine held by early career mentors from US and Europe, including Josh Hutcheson, Cindy St Hilaire and Claudia Goettsch. At the end of the brainstorming session, the attendees will pitch their original ideas in front of a jury, who will select the winners of free ISACB memberships and a testing of Bordeaux wines! Don't miss an opportunity to learn and contribute to the discussions about personalized cardiovascular medicine and interactions between cardiovascular diseases and remote organs!
I also want to specifically mention our newly formed and much needed Early Career Mentorship Committee lead by Giovanni Ferrari, Craig Georgen and Alexey Kamenskiy. This enthusiastic group is working together with the Women’s Leadership Committee (co-chairs Joy Lincoln and Cindy St Hilaire) on organizing a joint happy hour networking session at the upcoming ISACB 2018 meeting in Bordeaux. Discussions will include mentoring of young investigators, expanding our membership, and engagement of more women in ISACB activities. I am proud of our early career leaders for providing an influx of new and creative ideas.
The ISACB 2018 Programing Committee led by Nico L’Heureux has built ground-breaking sessions with outstanding speakers from around the world. I hope you will attend the ISACB 2018 Bordeaux meeting this September to experience the contagious energy and enthusiasm of our membership and celebrate the long-standing traditions of our society. ISACB meetings bring together investigators from different disciplines, nationalities, and career stages to discuss challenges and opportunities in cardiovascular medicine in an intimate setting. I want to thank our corporate sponsors, including Medtronic, Edwards Lifesciences, and Kowa for their continued support of the society and our meetings. I would also like to thank Art Coury and his family for their generous contribution to the Allan Callow Young Investigator Award for the ISACB 2018 meeting. With the meeting on the horizon, keep an eye out for special announcements.
Take a peek inside this issue of our eCirculator newsletter for an in-depth look at our pre-meeting and main meeting programs, and learn how the right combination of innovation and applied science can impact the unmet global burden represented by cardiovascular diseases. Please also take note that we will hold a joint off-year meeting in 2019 with ISVTE (International Symposium on Vascular Tissue Engineering) in Zurich, Switzerland (ISACB Organizing Committee chair – Christopher Breuer), and ISACB 2020 will be held in Japan (Organizing Committee chair, Masanori Aikawa).
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