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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Welcome to Nice!

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Hermann Reichenspurner, MD, PhD
University Heart Centre Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

I cannot believe that my time as President of the ISHLT is almost over. We are almost finished with the preparations for our Annual Meeting in Nice, which will be one of the best and memorable ones ever! At this point, I really have to thank the Program Chair, Andreas Zuckermann, M.D., for his excellent job, his persistence and his absolute reliability. I really had a lot of fun with such a great cooperation partner in the planning of this exciting meeting! In addition, of course, I want to thank the ISHLT staff and specially Amanda Rowe, Susie Newton and Lisa Edwards for their time and effort in preparing our annual conference, despite the fact that the organizers added quite a few new components and features (you will be surprised!).

links imageIn addition to this preparation, it was a very busy year, since we are in the process of changing quite a few necessary strategic goals within our society. We had a great governance meeting in January, which was very effective and a real eye-opener for me. We will inform the Board of Directors and our members about these alterations in detail, and I am sure that everything will be in full benefit of our society!

A very important personal goal of mine was to more strongly reflect the International component of our society. We are very present in Europe and North America, but we neglect our respected members in other parts of the world, such as Asia and South America. For this reason, a group of senior members of our society, in close cooperation with the I2C2 committee, has created a "global outreach project" which will address specific ISHLT activities in these parts of the world. We will organize these outreach meetings in collaboration with academic institutions or partner societies in that particular part of the world. I personally really hope that we can convince the Board of Directors and our members, that these activities are absolutely essential to keep the international character of our society.

I am really looking forward to welcoming all our members at our Annual Meeting in Nice!

It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as President of this great society and I will do the best I can also in future to support our beloved ISHLT!

Hermann Reichenspurner, M.D., Ph.D.
President of the ISHLT 2014-2015 ■

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

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