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Call for ISHLT 2018 Symposium Proposals

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Christian Benden
ISHLT 2018 Scientific Program Chair

Although the 37th Annual Meeting in Washington DC has just finished, it is already time to start developing content for the ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions to be held in Nice, France, April 11-14, 2018.

As program chair for the 2018 meeting, I just wanted to follow up on my brief presentation at the council meetings and encourage you to submit ideas for pre-meeting and sunrise symposia and/or invited Plenary talks. Although well-worked, complete symposium proposals are preferred, we also welcome suggestions for potential plenary speakers from outside the transplant community who might give an engaging talk that brings perspectives, insights or experiences with widespread appeal to members.

Your input into this process is critical to the Symposium Planning Committee since the majority of the invited scientific content for the Annual Meeting originates from proposals submitted by ISHLT Members through the Scientific Councils.

Below are links to the symposium proposal submission site and the plenary lecture proposal form:

*Please note that only current ISHLT members can submit proposals

You are strongly encouraged to consult with the Education Workforce Chair(s) and Council Chair(s) appropriate to your topic before submitting a proposal. They will provide guidance regarding educational areas identified as priorities for the Annual Meeting. You are also encouraged to develop proposals that will encourage collaboration among the different ISHLT councils. The list of current committees and councils can be found at www.ishlt.org under the "Boards and Committees" and "Councils" tabs. Ideally the symposia proposals should have a diversity in the institutions, geography, expertise, and gender for the speakers and chairs, and offer opportunities for both senior and junior members of the society.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

All proposals will be reviewed by program committee representatives from the relevant discipline areas. The final development of invited scientific content will take place during the Symposium Planning Committee meeting in July.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Susie Newton (susie.newton@ishlt.org) at the ISHLT office.

Please accept my thanks in advance for your valuable input. I look forward to seeing you at ISHLT 2018 in Nice! ■

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

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