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Pharmacy and Pharmacology Highlights from Prague

Michael Shullo, PharmD
Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council Vice Chair

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michael shulloThis year at the ISHLT 2012 annual meeting in Prague, the Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council sponsored a unique and innovative symposium entitled, "A Lifecycle Journey in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation".

This concurrent symposium presented a longitudinal case interspersed with practice based discussion of "journey intervals" and a panel discussion at the end. Areas of focus included mechanical circulatory support and anticoagulation, early graft dysfunction, and an approach to innovative immunosuppression in the face of malignancy. The symposium was very well attended and well received.

Significant progress was made at the council meeting with members agreeing to adopt a succession leadership structure and confirmation of our first slate of officers, workforce leaders, and liaisons.

Additionally, we have finalized the international authorship for our Core Competency statement. Author breakdown will include 13 authors, 8 US, 2 Australia, 1 Ireland, 1 UK, 1 France.

Lastly, we share the excitement amongst the other ISHLT councils regarding collaborative work over the coming year with strong support from the ISHLT executive leadership.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.