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The Road to Washington DC via an English Country Estate...

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Andrew Fisher, FRCP, PhD
2016 Scientific Program Chair

One of my first responsibilities as Programme Chair for the 2016 ISHLT Annual Meeting was to choose a programme committee that reflected the professional diversity, geography, gender and specialist skills of the ISHLT membership. Now 4 months into this role, I appreciate why careful selection of this group of individuals was so important.

In mid-July the committee of 35 people came together at a secluded historical location outside London to develop the final invited content for the 42 symposia and 3 plenary sessions to be held in Washington DC next year. The dedication of the group to this task, from pre-meeting preparation to enthusiastic teamwork on site, was tremendous to behold and illustrates why ISHLT thrives through the commitment of its volunteers. Our energies during the meeting were kept focused on the tasks in hand by the efficient support and experience of the ISHLT staff.

I am very fortunate to be working with a fantastic group of people on the programme committee and am very confident that the content generated for our 2016 Annual Meeting is topical, innovative and relevant to the educational needs of all our members. We are now working on producing the preliminary program so that all the content can be shared with ISHLT members in the near future. The next major stage of our preparations is to launch the call for abstracts and encourage you all to submit your very best scientific and clinical research to the meeting and share it with your colleagues from around the world in the spoken and poster sessions. ■

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

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