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Program Committee Update December 2017

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Christian Benden, MD, FCCP
2018 Scientific Program Chair

University Hospital Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

I last reported as Program Chair just after my return from an extremely succesful Scientific Program Commitee Meeting in Chicago; it was the start of summer holidays in the Northern hemisphere. In the meantime, we have seen the first snow fall in Zurich where I live... But even more exciting things have happened, as the Scientific Program of our Society's 2018 Annual Meeting in Nice was produced and published online (available on the ISHLT website, www.ishlt.org, as FlipBook or PDF Brocchure). Looking at the program content, I am very proud to report that the Scientific Program Commitee has done a tremendous job as a TEAM and is continuing to do so as we have just finalized the Abstract Sessions of the Annual Meeting.

For the ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions to be held in Nice, France, from April 11th to 14th 2018, a record number of over 1800 scientific abstracts were submitted from all around the world. I was thrilled to watch that the vast majority of abstracts were submitted in the last 24 hours before the abstract deadline. Over 400 abstract reviewers subsequently peer-reviewed all abstracts, and I am very pleased to announce that 77% of abstracts were selected for oral presentations, mini-orals or posters, very well reflecting our Society's broad range of scientific expertise across the spectrum of advanced heart and lung disease. Further, the scientific content of the 2018 ISHLT Annual Meeting also mirrors our Society's diversity regarding disciplines, geography, gender and generations. Please note that general abstract acceptance/rejection notifications were sent out the latest by December 20th 2017.

As I mentioned in my last report, over two dozen Symposia and three Plenary Sessions are scheduled for the Annual Meeting in Nice. The three Plenary Sessions will be scheduled on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and Symposia throughout the meeting. Again we aimed to cluster program content. As with previous meetings outside North America, there will be no Sunrise Symposia scheduled in Nice.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all Scientific Program Committee Members, the Abstract Selection Committee Members, all abstract reviewers and the extremely helpful and well organized ISHLT Staff for such great support. Everyone worked hand in hand, functioning smoothly and precisely like a Swiss watch.

In summary, I promise you an exciting Annual Meeting in Nice with a selection of the broadest possible range of high-quality research combined with great opportunities of networking in lovely Nice. The Acropolis Congress Center located perfectly in the center of Nice provides the ideal surrounding for our Annual Meeting, also giving all attendees easy access to explore the beautiful city and to indulge in delicious food, particularly the "Cuisine Nissarde." There is no need to mention that Nice, the capital of the Côte d'Azur, at the Bay of Angels, is worth a visit.

Thus, now it is up to you to register for the 2018 ISHLT Annual Meeting (please remember the Early Bird Registration Deadline on February 22, 2018) to sort out your accommodations and to make travel arrangements. I invite you to also purchase tickets for our President's Gala Reception at the fabulos Hotel Negresco at the Promenade des Anglais, a stunning example of the Belle Époque in Nice. ■

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

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