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Update from the 2017 Program Chair

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Jeffrey Tueteberg, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The end of October brings colder weather, changing leaves, Halloween and the ISHLT abstract deadline. The 2017 Program Committee had a busy summer and fall preparing for the meeting in San Diego, but the final program is now complete and available online as a PDF or flip book. Once again I would like to thank the membership for all of their fantastic submissions, the Program Committee for all their time and diligence, and the ISHLT staff for their support and guidance. This year's Plenary Sessions will have more featured abstracts than in past years and the plenary presentations should have a little something for everyone, from stem cells, to social media, to novel means of funding drug development.

Now that the abstracts are submitted we are undertaking the review process with the Abstract Selection Committee. Each abstract will have over 10 reviewers and once the scores are assigned, the Committee will divide the accepted abstracts to oral, mini-oral or poster sessions. All of the oral abstracts will then be organized into sessions of six abstracts with a common theme and placed into the conference schedule. Last year there were a record 1516 abstracts and I am hoping we can match or exceed that this year. From the abstract deadline on October 25 the Committee only has until the first full week of October to grade, categorized and organize all of the abstracts. On the weekend of December 9th the Committee will meet in Dallas to finalize the selected abstracts and place them into the program. Megan has also promised that she would teach Andy, Chris and me to two-step, but with any luck there will be no photographic or video evidence that might "find" its way into a plenary session!

As the cold grip of winter descends upon the northern hemisphere, what better way to chase away the winter blues than to book your trip to sunny San Diego in the spring? For those of you in the southern hemisphere, well, keep that summertime vibe going and book your rooms as well! It is never too late to register for the meeting, reserve your hotel and confirm your travel plans. Keep an eye out in your email, the website and Links for more updates and highlights for the 37th Annual Meeting. ■

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

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