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ISHLT 2013 in Montreal: IMACS Registry Booth

links image JAMES K KIRKLIN, MD
ISHLT IMACS Registry Committee Chair

The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS) is proud to present the web based data entry system in the Exhibit Hall at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. The IMACS staff is diligently carrying out plans to provide an innovative exhibit booth that will provide a live demonstration of the IMACS Registry.

IMACS Registry Booth
The following will be available at the IMACS Registry Booth, April 23-26, 2013:

In addition to the demonstration and literature distribution, knowledgeable IMACS staff will be available to answer any questions that participants may have in regards to IMACS.

IMACS Registry Users' Meeting
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Montreal Convention Centre, IMACS will have a Users' meeting for all participants interested in the IMACS Registry. This meeting will take place from 5:00-8:00pm and we strongly encourage your participation as we provide a current update on IMACS and live web based data entry tutorial. If you are interested in attending, please email the IMACS staff at

Enrollment in IMACS
IMACS will provide continuous monthly updates regarding enrollment until the 2013 ISHLT Annual Meeting in April.

IMACS currently has forty-one hospitals and three collectives that have expressed interest in participating and submitting data to the registry. Eighteen of these hospitals have moved forward with the enrollment process by initiating regulatory requirements and one hospital is enrolled. IMACS has also received additional email inquiries from new sites that are on the verge of enrolling as well and strongly encourage the ISHLT community to continue to spread the word.

Requirements for enrollment can be found on the IMACS website under the Site Enrollment section - First, if a hospital or collective is interested in registration and enrollment in IMACS, they should complete an IMACS Registry Institutional Enrollment Form and submit it via email to Next, an IMACS staff member will contact the interested site to continue the enrollment process. In order to be enrolled in IMACS, the following items or forms will be requested:

  1. IMACS Registry Institutional Enrollment Form
  2. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS) Memorandum of Agreement
  3. Human Subjects Research certification (Ethics Board, Institutional Review Board, etc.)
  4. Completed Training - At least one IMACS staff member at the institution must complete the IMACS training process. A live web-based data entry training session will be scheduled with the designated staff member at each institution. This training will be conducted in English.

Each item or form will need to be completed satisfactorily before a hospital or collective is officially enrolled in IMACS. Once a hospital is enrolled, they will be sent a user name and password is sent to begin entering data into the IMACS Registry.

Friendly IMACS staff members are available to answer all questions or inquiries regarding the registry. Please send an email to We are looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you at the ISHLT Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada!

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

Dr. Kirklin is Professor and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.