Many thanks to Emily Stimpson, Fernanda Silveira and Brandon Larsen for coordinating the content for this month's issue.

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In this issue, we start with a spotlight on Things to Do in Nice: Food, Glorious Food! by Megan. Next we turn to the lessons learned from Silent to Talkies: The Evolution of VADs by Pamela Combs and Teamwork: Achieving True Collaboration in the Care of Pediatric VAD Patients by Monica Horn, followed by Lessons Learned by Erin Wells. Did you know there is a link with Victor Hugo and La Villa Nice Victor Hugo to his famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame made into a silent film in 1923 starring Lon Chaney (The Man of a Thousand Faces)? From this success, Universal and Lon Chaney proceeded with another great silent film from another French author, Gaston Leroux's famous Phantom of the Opera. In 1925, the innovation of Technicolor was in its infancy with only shades of red seen in this silent film with the Masque of the Red Death scene. Next, it's Angela Logan with Treatment of Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Lung Transplant: Fifty Shades of Gray and Updates from the Pathology Council, with a Focus on AMR by Brandon Larsen. Afterwards, is the Giving Thanks by Rita Price, Fearbola by Sultana Peffley, Nicole Brooks, Marilyn Galindo and Vincent Valentine, Dedication, Deification and Divination of Voltaire: An Apotheosis as well as Dedication and Thanksgiving by Vincent Valentine. There are Special Interest Pieces and Megan Barrett announces the ISHLT 2015 Preliminary Program Released. Finally, we give a warm ISHLT congratulations to Lut Berben on the birth of her twins.

Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief


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ISHLT's Guide to Nice: Food, Glorious Food

Megan Barrett

With our Annual Meeting planned in a location as beautiful as Nice, we know there is much to consider outside the walls of The Acropolis. With this in mind, we have compiled a tourist's guide to all the top attractions in Nice that we will break down to share in each new issue of the Links Newsletter.

This month's focus will be on everyone's top priority: Food. Nice is well known as a tourist attraction, but also for its lifestyle and food. The cuisine is traditional and Mediterranean, though it often features its own marker. Read more →


Silent to Talkies: The Evolution of VADs

Pamela Combs, PhD, RN

links image"We do not want now and we shall never want the human voice with our films." - D.W. Griffiths [1]

In reading Mr. Griffiths' quote, this author made the decision to step back and assess the evolution of the film industry and, curiously, found some clear comparisons to the evolution of VADs. Until the late 1920's, motion pictures were silent except for the compliment of music provided by live orchestras. Up to this point, movies had enjoyed a wide degree of popularity [2]. Read more →

Teamwork: Achieving True Collaboration in the Care of Pediatric VAD Patients

Monica Horn, RN, CCRN, CCTC

links imageCurrently, collaboration is a word frequently used in the healthcare environment. However, verbal repetition does not guarantee the genuine accomplishment of this valuable concept. This thoughtful insight became reality when our multidisciplinary team began to manage an increased number of young ventricular assist device patients awaiting heart transplantation. Even though we each possessed the knowledge to execute our individual professional responsibilities, realizing the exceptional outcomes achieved through genuine teamwork confirmed the need for all of us to ensure that we are able to develop this talent. Read more →

Lessons Learned

Erin Wells, RN

links image"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Brian Gerald O'Driscoll.

On January 15, 2014, the Pediatric Lung Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital officially opened its doors. This journey has offered many lessons for our team. These are a few I thought were worth sharing. Read more →


Treatment of Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Lung Transplant: Fifty Shades of Grey

Angela Logan, PharmD

links imageThe outcomes of treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the setting of lung transplant have remained unclear due to the lack of robust data published for this population. Implications of increased morbidity and mortality in the immunocompromised population make this a significant complication. As with many aspects of lung transplantation, clear black and white guidelines for RSV management do not exist; the challenges in a consensus for treatment are painted with fifty shades of grey. Read more →


Updates from the Pathology Council, with a Focus on AMR

Brandon Larsen, MD, PhD

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As in recent years, AMR, both cardiac and pulmonary, has remained a strong focus of our efforts in the Pathology Council over the course of 2014. We expect that AMR will likely remain an important focus in the coming year as we seek to better understand this phenomenon and refine our diagnostic criteria for such. Read more →


Giving Thanks

Rita Price

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we all take the time to take a good long look at our past and present and give thanks for the things that really matter. To Rita Price, our Membership Certificate Calligrapher, it is the opportunity to practice her craft and have it admired by many of our members. Just last month, we received the following email, in which she expressed her gratitude for the continued opportunity, as well as her love for creating each piece as an individual work of art. Read more →


Sultana Peffley, Nicole Brooks, Marilyn Galindo, MD and Vincent Valentine, MD

Flush. Gurgle. Chomp. Pounding. Gulp. Type. Clack. Inhale. Exhale. These are the sounds we make every day, the interactions each of us has with our environment and with each other. Each action is a potential opportunity for transmission of our distant relatives. No, not your great aunt twice removed - the organisms with which we share our environment. We have special names for them: E. coli, tuberculosis, A. lubricoides, C. difficile, and Ebola. Read more →

Dedication and Thanksgiving

Vincent Valentine, MD

About a century prior to the first human lung transplantation by Dr Hardy and his collaborators, a dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg occurred on November 19, 1863. Selected for the keynote speaker was the former president of Harvard, leader of the Greek revival and one of the most noted and eloquent orators of that time, the Honorable Edward Everett. In response to the decision to invite the President, Abraham Lincoln, for a few appropriate remarks, someone retorted, "I don't know - all he does is tells jokes. Read more →


ISHLT 2015 Preliminary Program Released

Megan Barrett

This booklet is loaded with a wealth of information about the upcoming meetings in Nice, France, in April 2015, and includes beautiful artwork and stunning photographs of the glorious city and surrounding area. Read more →


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Interesting, Inspiring and Intriguing Links from Around the Globe

Hot topics in organ transplantation this month include stories from Canada, Germany, and the United States. Read more →


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ISHLT Members in the News

Some of our ISHLT members from all over the world have been found in the news this month, including Bryan Whitson, Steven Kindel, Michael Mitchell, Enrique Gongora and Ioana Dumitru from the United States. Read more →


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ISHLT New Arrivals

Welcome the Berben Twins, Jonas and Julia. Read more →


Dedication, Deification and Divination of Voltaire: An Apotheosis

Vincent Valentine, MD

links imageFor nearly six months, we have been immersed in Voltaire; how he shaped the 18th Century and how he still shapes us today. From the way he was shaped by France, the Jesuits, Lady Newton and wit to his journeys from optimism to humanism, from scientific inquiry to truth and his treatises on inoculation and criticisms on the establishments, all resulting in a man who knows too much, we now are challenged on how to wrap up Voltaire for this issue of the Links. But before we proceed with the possibilities of bringing a closure to Voltaire, there are decades to centuries of material left out. Herein, only a few points can be made.

First, his most effective means of communication was through his own invention of his greatest literary works, the philosophical tales, most of which can be gleaned from Candide and Other Stories by Voltaire. Read more →


Vincent G Valentine, MD

Editorial Staff

"The secret to being boring is to tell everything."
— Voltaire

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