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From the Program Chair

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Jason D. Christie, MD, MS
ISHLT 2014 Scientific Program Chair
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A glance at this year's program should excite any thoracic transplant professional. I am tremendously grateful to this year's Program Committee for such a fantastic job of creating thematic sessions with broad appeal.

The pre-meeting symposia feature a dizzying array of carefully-orchestrated content designed to fill the day on Thursday. On Friday, following the registry reports, the Opening Plenary session features inspiring lectures on the past, present, and future of medical care of those with advanced heat and lung diseases. Dr. Eric Topol will focus on the role of emerging technologies in the clinical arena, in his lecture about "How Digitizing Humans Changes the Future of Medicine." The Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Sir Terence English, who will remind us all where the Society has been and inspire us to where it can go, in his acceptance lecture, titled "Follow your Star". Together these lectures should set the tone for what is to come.

Saturday's Plenary session is a "tour de force" of the future of heart and lung donation. In her talk on "Trimming Heart Transplantation in the VAD Era," Dr. Lynne Stevenson will consider the future role of MCS and transplantation in the management of patients with advanced heart failure. Three plenary abstracts will follow, reporting results of international clinical trials of heart and lung organ management prior to implantation: the PROCEED II, NOVEL, and INSPIRE trials. This is a very exciting time in our field for organ donor management, and the presentation of three major multicenter clinical trials in a single plenary session should make for excellent discussion over future management options. Dr. Tom Egan will enhance this theme with his Plenary speech on "Frontiers of DCD in Thoracic Transplantation." Dr. Egan has indeed been on the front line of DCD lung transplantation and will discuss pragmatic and theoretical approaches to expanding the availability of donor organs for our patients. Wrapping up the session will be 2012 Nobel Laureate Al Roth, who will provide societal perspective on incentives and economics of organ donation.

The Closing Plenary on Sunday will feature updated Consensus Reports on Invasive Fungal Infections and Lung Transplant Recipient Selection, two topics with direct clinical relevance to the clinical practice of our patients. Michael Petty, PhD, RN will tie together the multidisciplinary approach common to our clinical teams by discussing the importance of family caregivers to the care of patients with advanced heart and lung diseases. Following Dr. Lori West's lecture on the implications of ABO incompatible transplant, there will be a spirited President's Pro-Con Debate focusing on whether or not we should "Stop Treating Secondary PH Now!" Given the blend of erudite scientific opinion with pure entertainment that was apparent the debates in recent years, I am particularly looking forward to the performance of this year's discussants: Drs. Hap Farber and Fernando Torres.

Throughout the meeting, amazing science will be presented. I can honestly say that I am in awe of the quantity and quality of science presented at this year's meeting. Abstract submissions were an all-time high, indicating how our Society has become the premier venue for presenting novel data relating to the care of those with advanced heart and lung diseases. This year, the Program Committee worked hard to keep oral, mini-oral, and poster sessions tightly-focused and thematic, to foster discourse of the multidisciplinary teams in which we are all privileged to work. I believe that this is a core strength of our Society's scientific meeting—the interplay of multiple disciplines that share the higher purpose of improving the care of patients with advanced heart and lung diseases. As at last year's meeting, poster sessions will be moderated by experienced leaders of the Society, so please grab a glass of wine and traipse through the sessions, while overlooking the beautiful view of the harbor.

This year promises to be a fantastic meeting. Along with President Glanville, I look forward to welcoming you to the 34rd ISHLT Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions at the Opening Plenary in San Diego!

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