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Basic Science Highlights in Prague

Kimberly Gandy, MD
Basic Science and Translational Research Council Chair

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kimberly gandyThe BSTR Council had its first meeting in its newly defined structure at the ISHLT Annual Meeting in Prague. The BSTR now has liaisons and workforce leaders in all of the major committees and workforces of the ISHLT. This structure should allow the BSTR to become better integrated and to serve the needs of the Society. The majority of efforts focused in four areas:

1. In collaboration with the Junior Faculty and Trainee Council and the Grants and Awards Committee, the process by which grants are submitted to the ISHLT is being refined. Measures proposed will allow grants to be more effectively compared when submitted from an international contingent. Consensus was obtained to streamline grant submissions over the Internet in a standardized electronic format.

2. A core group of individuals was formed to initiate a Career Development Resource within the BSTR. The central component of this resource will be listing active research laboratories within the ISHLT. The hope is that this resource can facilitate the efforts of graduate and medical students, residents, fellows, and postdocs in identifying research experiences within the organization. Those that would like to have their laboratories listed on this site should contact Kimberly Gandy at klgandy2@gmail.com. Over the coming year, we also hope to develop a mentorship program in which research applicants are paired with mentors to help them identify laboratories better suited for their needs while embarking on their investigations. Our goal is to have a website with many new features active by June of next year.

3.The BSTR discussed our participation in the new efforts of the ISHLT to integrate with other international organizations. As a first step in this effort, the BSTR wishes to partner with ESOT and the TTR in their biannual research symposium. Such a partnership will strengthen the basic science efforts within our Society and allow us to better communicate the scientific needs of the ISHLT to this organization of scientists.

4. Finally, the BSTR began creating teams to participate in the core curriculum project of the ISHLT. The BSTR is working on creating tools that will allow the principals of basic and translational science that we feel are crucial to an understanding of transplantation, pulmonary hypertension, and heart failure to be more accessible to its membership.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no financial relationships to disclose.