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Decisions, Decisions...ISHLT membership lays down the gauntlet to the programme committee!

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Andrew Fisher, FRCP, PhD
2016 Scientific Program Chair

Although memories of our excellent 2015 Annual Meeting in Nice are still fresh, there is no pause in preparation for what we hope will be another successful Annual Meeting in 2016 in Washington DC. ISHLT members have once again shown their enthusiasm and commitment to the success of their Annual Meeting by submitting a record number of proposals for symposium and plenary content for 2016.

Close to 150 different proposals were received via our online portal and having reviewed them all personally, I am excited by the creativity and scientific excellence that these proposals are striving for. The challenge now falls to the members of the Symposium Planning Committee to review, refine and shortlist this wealth of submitted material into the 42 symposium slots that will make up this part of the final programme.

The Committee will meet in mid-July in a secluded venue outside London to agree on the final content and to carry forward our aim to have balanced gender, geography and generation whenever possible while delivering excellent multi-disciplinary scientific content.

I would like to convey a huge thank you to everyone who submitted proposed material, as although we will only use a proportion of this material in the final programme it all helps the Committee understand the priorities of our membership.

Now is the time to start preparing your best unpublished clinical and scientific research or fascinating cases for submission to the 2016 Annual Meeting as the abstract submission portal goes live on 3 August and will close on 3 November 2015. Remember, the programme is only as good as the abstracts submitted and so I encourage you to use ISHLT 2016 in Washington DC as a platform to showcase your best work and help us deliver an outstanding scientific programme to our membership and beyond. ■

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

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