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COME TO BEAUTIFUL
Montréal!

ISHLT 2013 Exposed!
by Allan Glanville
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Visiting the vibrant city of Montréal has never been easier, because the ISHLT will be taking over the town in April 2013! Join us for an exciting program you won't want to miss!

spotlight IN THE
SPOTLIGHT:


CMV and Beyond:
Challenges and Hopes of a Young European Scientist

an interview with
Evi Petrisli

by Luciano Potena
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HOT
LINKS:


Outta This World
Links!
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Team NorCal
Immunity Advances
Biting Mangoes
Whooping Cough
Epstein-Barr Virus
West Nile Virus
Lung Cell Growth
Doctor Burnout
Pediatric Heart Transplant
Tuberculosis
Illegal Organ Trade


Rattling
Links
New "Links" in the Links!
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Battling
Links
Controversial
Debate Topics

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Members in the News
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ISHLT
NEWS


Expert Fungal Panel
led by the ID Council
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2013 ISHLT Grants & Awards Program
Applications will be online in November
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2012 Call for Abstracts
Submission site will be live on September 15, 2012!
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Call for Clinical Case Submissions
for Junior Faculty and Trainees
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Call for Nominations
to the ISHLT Board of Directors
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Infectious Diseases Monograph
Order your copy today!
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EDITOR'S
CORNER

From Twain to Churchill and Oratory
by Vincent Valentine
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The great—and even not so great—orators of the past can teach us much about how to give a memorable lecture.

JUST FOR
FUN


Quotable Quotes
Public Speaking
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Word of the Month
"Metagenomics"
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EDITORIAL
STAFF

Editor
Vincent Valentine

Managing Editor
Susie Newton


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A Focus on Infectious Diseases

Many thanks to Middy Estabrook and Macé Schuurmans (ID Council Communications Co-Liaisons) for coordinating the focus content for this issue.


CAUTION: CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE COULD BE CONTAGIOUS!



VINCENT'S FALL SENSE

If you think we can't link Mark Twain to the microbial world, think again! You need only to read 3000 Years Among the Microbes, Twain's originally unpublished autobiography of a microbe that was once a man who was transformed into a cholera germ. If you doubt his genius, Twain foreshadowed our modern understanding of the microbial ecosystem and its critical role on our body. He describes different microbial communities and the various roles they play in maintaining harmony and balance of man, society and the world. It was in this part of his career that Twain reduces man to a germ. "I think we are only the microscopic trichina concealed in the blood of some vast creature's veins." Now some believe these were some of Twain's darkest writings representing a fall from his grace as a prominent citizen of the world. Or was he foreshadowing the fall of man with his brewing cynicism? Anyway, fast-forward a century later and we have Dana Willner's article on Unlocking Microbial Diversity with Metagenomics.

The focus of this autumnal issue is on the microbial world in thoracic transplantation and how we can best combat this unseen enemy. Going back a few millennia we have Sun Tzu's Art of War advising us to avoid massacres and atrocities because this can provoke resistance and possibly allow our unseen microbial enemy to gain an upper hand. Also, we must have detailed knowledge of this foe and appreciate its strengths and weaknesses recognizing that the real triumph comes before the enemy's threat becomes real. Amparo Solé, provides sage advice against the development of resistance. Stan Martin, Fernanda Silveira, and Christian Benden et al, emphasize the importance of prevention. Peter Hopkins gives the scoop on nucleic warfare in the airways of our lung recipients. Shahid Husain prepares us for the emerging threats and Denis Hadjiliadis advises us to proceed with caution with lung transplantation in patients with bronchiectasis. Lastly, Mark Twain remains with us today: our world traveler and gifted lecturer who has entertained us for the last quarter century is no other than our 2013 Program Chair for Montréal, Allan Glanville.

Vincent Valentine, MD
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COUNCIL CONNECTIONS


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    by Lara Danziger-Isakov

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    The activities of the ISHLT Infectious Diseases Council are running rampant in epidemic proportions! Will we need to be quarantined? Will our widespread involvement in the Society create pandemonium? Or is our enthusiasm catching?


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    by Margaret Hannan

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    What data will be collected by the new IMACS Registry that is catching the attention of Infectious Diseases specialists everywhere? Find out here!

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