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If you are planning to attend the ISHLT 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, or one of the 2016 Academies, please keep in mind that the deadline to pre-register is Friday, April 8, at 11:59 PM EDT. Registrations received/postmarked after April 8 will not be processed and such registrants must go to Onsite Registration to register for the meeting. Higher onsite registration fees will apply. Fees for onsite Annual Meeting registration will be $350.00 more than the early bird fees, and fees for onsite Academy registration will be $100.00 more than the early bird fees. Avoid long lines and additional costs by registering NOW.

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On behalf the Managing Editors of the ISHLT Links, we welcome you to this final edition of Volume 7 before we head off to Washington, DC. See you at the 36th Annual Meeting!

Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief


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Program Chair's Final Report

Andrew Fisher, 2016 Program Chair

The 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation is almost upon us. The content of our plenary sessions, major symposia, sunrise symposia and abstract sessions that will be presented in Washington DC in April is finalized and ready to educate, innovate and inspire you. The program committee has worked hard to bring you the very best work from around the world while also preserving the uniqueness of the ISHLT as a truly international and multi-disciplinary society with a unified aim to improve outcomes for patients with advanced heart and lung disease. Read more →


How To Access Program Information

ISHLT is moving toward making the Annual Meeting a greener meeting. There are many ways to get more detailed information about ISHLT 2016 from digital sources. Via the mobile meeting app you can explore the entire meeting by session type, day, target audience, or speaker. You can create your personal schedule for the meeting, take notes, share contacts, and access presentation slides, maps, as well as local and attendee information. You can also use it to access news and social media. The app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. Read more →

Highlighted Sessions & Presentations

With 28 Pre-Meeting Symposia, 12 Sunrise Symposia, 3 Concurrent Symposia, 52 Concurrent Oral Sessions, 12 Mini Oral Sessions, and 3 Poster Sessions over the course of just 4 days, we understand that it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide in which sessions you want to spend your time. Fortunately for you, over the last several months, we have managed to compile a list of highlighted sessions and talks. Read more →

Get More Out of the Meeting with Tweeting! Use hashtag: #ISHLT2016

Naomi Rios

links imageThe modern way to stay connected at the 2016 ISHLT Annual Meeting is to follow us on Twitter - the online social network that connects you to news, stories, pictures and conversations that you'll find interesting.

Why Twitter?
Twitter allows you to use 140 characters to put down your thoughts in a message. It also lets you follow other Twitter users, and retweet interesting content. You can begin conversations with other users by typing their Twitter handle (person's user name) for example, @person. We highly encourage you to join our online conversations as we keep you up-to-date with the latest news, meeting information and events taking place at this year's meeting. Read more →

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Washington, DC

links image5. The Attractions!
USA's capital city has it all: world famous museums (many of them free), historical monuments, the Library of Congress (largest library in the world), the National Zoo, beautiful parks including the Tidal Basin with its gorgeous cherry trees and beautiful memorials lining its shores, and much more.

4. The Food!
Bring your appetite - Washington, DC has a lot of unknown, off-the-beaten-path places to eat with plenty of restaurants packed in the tiny district. Read more →

Procrastination, Preparation, Practice and Presentation to Present like a U.S. President, not a Presidential Candidate

Vincent Valentine, MD
Allan Glanville, MBBS, MD, FRACP
John Dark, MB, FRCS

There were the PRs for all in Prague and Montreal and last year, we encouraged you to let your presentation Purr in San Diego and was carried with Elegance and Style in Nice. This year it is time again to prepare to deliver a good speech or make a great presentation, let's again refer to the January 2012 ISHLT Links, Issue 8, Volume 3, On Teaching and Learning. From this article, take note of the following points: 1) the one who learns the most while sharing knowledge is the teacher or presenter, and 2) when teaching, presenting your poster, delivering your lecture, or writing your paper, you should ask yourself, "What do I want the intended audience to know five years from now?" Read more →


Wednesday, April 27
12:15PM - 1:45PM

BSTR - Hoover
NHSAH - Washington 2
PHARM - Harding

Thursday, April 28
7:00AM - 8:00AM

JFTC - Harding

Thursday, April 28
12:00PM - 2:00PM

MCS - Delaware Suite
PATH - Harding
PH - Washington 1
PULM TX - Washington 2

Friday, April 29
12:00PM - 2:00PM

ID - Hoover
HFTX - Delaware
PEDS - Washington 2


IMACS Registry Meeting

The ISHLT Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS) registry is up and running! IMACS is an international registry comprised of patients from around the world who have received durable mechanical circulatory support. The registry is open to all hospitals/countries that wish to participate in IMACS, with (limited) automatic data transfer from INTERMACS, EUROMACS and J-MACS into IMACS. Please visit the ISHLT IMACS website at for more information. In addition, we will be covering the IMACS registry in detail, along with the research proposal application process and the statistical support provided for approved research proposals, at the annual ISHLT meeting on Friday, April 29th from 12:00pm - 2:00 pm (EST) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Harding Meeting Room. To reserve your spot for the IMACS meeting, please go to We encourage all centers that have interest in joining IMACS to send a representative!

ISHLT Award Winners & Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Sir Roy Calne on being awarded the ISHLT Pioneer Award, and Adrian & Jean Kantrowitz, who will be receiving the ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award. We would also like to extend congratulations to the winners of the abstract awards, grants & scholarships, and travel awards that will be announced during the Plenary Session on Saturday, April 30. Read more to see a full list of the awards that will be presented during this session. Read more →


A Final Summation of the U.S. Presidents for the ISHLT

Vincent Valentine, MD

links imageThere have been 43 U.S. Presidents inaugurated as 44 times with a median and mean age 55 ± 6.3 years, range [42 (Teddy Roosevelt - youngest inaugurated and Kennedy age 43 - youngest elected) to nearly 70 (Reagan, 16 days shy of his 70th birthday)]. Grover Cleveland was notable for being the only one elected for two nonconsecutive terms, as the U.S.' 22nd and 24th President. Also, Cleveland was the only multimillionaire from the reconstruction era, see figure. There are many ways to organize and characterize the U.S. Presidents. In an effort to reflect on and summarize the journey to the 36th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C with America's leaders through all issues of Volume 7 of the Links, let's examine some interesting and meaningful characterizations that might provide us some insight on leadership for the ISHLT. Read more →


Box Lunches will not be sold at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. However, there will be several options at the hotel for a grab and go lunch.

The Smithsonian, The Reflecting Pool and The ISHLT

Pam Combs, PhD, RN

links imageAs we near our upcoming ISHLT Conference in Washington, D.C., excitement grows among all attendees regarding the upcoming events and learning opportunities. Now, let's consider the conference as a metaphor for the Smithsonian Institute. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian Institute is the world's largest museum and research complex, comprising 19 museums and galleries and nine research facilities. Interestingly, the Institute's vision is "shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world," which is strikingly similar to the vision of ISHLT. Our goal is also to discover new knowledge with research and share resources in an International fashion. Read more →


Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton: Grace notes from history

Maryanne Chrisant, MD

I recently had the pleasure of getting to know one of the founding brothers in a most enjoyable fashion. I read the book, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and saw Lin-Manuel Miranda's mostly rap musical, Hamilton. Chernow's book is a 700 plus page, 10 pitch opus that's well written; it's a big, savory book. Reading this book was a pleasure, and Chernow's style allows the reader's psyche to wrap around Hamilton's as he wove his way through the landscape of early America. Hamilton was a founding brother: a charismatic autodidact who shaped a progressive world. He was handsome, fluent in French and upwardly mobile. No wonder he was so attractive to men and women. Read more →


Vincent G Valentine, MD

Editorial Staff

""We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present."
— Adlai E. Stevenson

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