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ISHLT 2013 in MONTRÉAL:
an Invitation from our Program Chair



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Photo Credit: © Michel Houde, Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Centre)

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of David Taylor, MD, President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Board of Directors and the 2013 Scientific Program Committee, I have the honor of inviting you to attend the Society's 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions to be held April 24-27, 2013 in the multicultural city of Montréal, Canada.

We hope to build on the monumental 2012 Prague meeting, one of our best ever attended meetings. The format of the Montreal meeting will be similar to previous meetings, beginning with pre-meeting symposia Wednesday morning and closing mid-day Saturday. In between, are leading edge scientific updates and practical information that will be immediately applicable to your practice in the management of end-stage heart and lung failure. Sunrise Symposia have returned, so set your body clocks!

The meeting will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, located in the heart of Montréal. The Palais is a safe and bustling venue. A hub of activity, located between the city's business centre, international district, Old Montréal and Chinatown, it is adjacent to Montréal's main attractions and less than five minutes from 12,000 hotel rooms, 4,000 of which are directly linked to the Palais via indoor passageways. On Friday, the President's Cocktail Reception will be held at the La Ruelle des Fortification - Fortification Lane. Known as La Ruelle in French, this historical alley is a new landmark in Montréal.

The Opening Plenary session focuses on cutting edge science of the Human Microbiome. We are more than we seem and it is the inner self which echoes the external universe. The foundation must be sufficient for the spire and the relevance for advanced heart and lung disease is perhaps greater than we might imagine. For a moment of relief and collegiality, the opening reception will follow in the Exhibit Hall.

A later Plenary will focus on the mechanisms and management of Right Ventricular Failure, the "forgotten ventricle" about which all those practicing in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, device management and advanced lung disease should be apprised. We aim to challenge and educate and have assembled a stellar faculty to accomplish these goals.

The majority of the meeting will be devoted to submitted content. In anticipation of your contribution of high quality, novel scientific work, we have set aside eight series of 6 concurrently running sessions to showcase the highest scoring abstracts. Mini-oral and poster sessions are planned for the best of the remainder with a change in format this year to moderated poster sessions to highlight the valuable scientific work presented. Throughout the meeting we plan to interweave science and practice to bring craft groups together in productive discourse through a "bed to bedside approach." The closing Plenary will exemplify this theme and provide evidence of the relevance of the psyche to the soma.

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Photo Credit: © Tourisme Montréal, Skyline of Downtown Montréal

As in the past, abstracts will only be accepted online. A link to the abstract submission website is available on the annual meeting page of the ISHLT website. The abstract submission deadline is November 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard (North America) Time.

We also particularly encourage the submission of work by your trainees and young investigators; the best of which will continue to be highlighted in the Caves Award competition and featured abstracts and posters.

I look forward to reviewing your abstract submissions and welcoming you to the charming multicultural city of Montréal for the 33rd ISHLT Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions!

Best regards,
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Allan R. Glanville, MBBS, MD, FRACP
ISHLT 2013 Scientific Program Chair