Cardiology Magazine — March-April 2011
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ACC.11 & i2 Summit Shine Spotlight on Speakers and Science

Nobel Prize-winning speakers, abstracts featuring the latest in cardiology research, education sessions to keep professionals up to date and more sessions designed to bring together general cardiologists and interventionalists highlight ACC.11 and the i2 Summit April 2 – 5 in New Orleans.

“I’m very excited about the meeting,” said ACC President Ralph Brindis, M.D., M.P.H., F. A.C.C. “The theme for the year has been cardiovascular professionalism, and I am thrilled with how the chairs and co-chairs have looked at incorporating the theme of professionalism into the agenda we have in front of us.

“We have been graced with named lectureships by people we think embellish this era of professionalism. When we think about professionalism, we think of competence, honesty with patients, quality of care, improved access to care and improving scientific knowledge, but also courage to lead and take a public stance in professional responsibilities for our community and the world at-large.”

Two of those named lectures, the Franz M. Groedel Lecture and the 10th Annual Maseri-Florio International Lecture, feature speakers who led organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize. During Sunday’s opening session, James Orbinski, M.D, will present the Groedel Lecture. Orbinski is former president of Doctors Without Borders who accepted the Nobel award for the group.

“Dr. Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian, petitioner and advocate for global health,” Brindis said. “He will talk about how professionals have a responsibility in terms of global health.

Presenting the Maseri-Florio International Lecture on Monday, April 4 will be Eugene I. Chazov, M.D., Ph.D., a former Russian minister of health and cardiologist, and leader of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which received the Nobel award in 1985. His address will focus on “Development of New Cardiovascular Drugs Based on the Latest Findings of Human Protection System Studies.”

“This organization has promoted research on the medical, psychological and biospheric effects of nuclear war,” Brindis said. “We have two Nobel Peace Prize laureates speaking at the conference, which is a first.”

But ACC.11 and i2 Summit offer more than renowned speakers by relying on their traditional foundations — cutting-edge science. Four Late-Breaking Clinical Trials will be presented Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as combined ACC.11and i2 Summit sessions. Tuesday’s schedule will also have a joint Featured Clinical Research session. Science presentations will also be emphasized in a multitude of educational sessions, in poster presentations and in the Expo hall.

The Franz M. Groedel Lecture and the 10th Annual Maseri-Florio International Lecture, feature speakers who led organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize. During Sunday’s opening session, James Orbinski, M. D, will present the Groedel Lecture. Orbinski is former president of Doctors Without Borders who accepted the Nobel award for the group. Presenting the Maseri-Florio International Lecture on Monday, April 4 will be Eugene I. Chazov,
M. D., Ph.D., a former Russian minister of health and cardiologist, and leader of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which received the Nobel award in 1985.

We are emphasizing science this year because we think that science drives improvements in the practice of cardiology,” said Michael H. Crawford, M.D., F.A.C.C., ACC.11 Committee Program chair. “The poster sessions are much easeir to find and get to, and there are increased viewing hours for the posters. We are also going to have more oral abstract sessions. At the end of each oral abstract session will be a summary talk that wraps up lessons learned from the session and ways to implement in practice.”

We are going to have more learning activities on the Expo floor. There are some things doctors want to know that you don’t get from a symposium or from the science presentations. These are more practical things, like how use this piece of equipment or how do you set up a lab. We are going to have more educational opportunities there, where people can go into a mini-theater to learn more about equipment, devices and drugs that are on the Expo floor.”

ACC.11 also offers more overlap with i2 Summit because of the increase in teamwork between interventionalists and general cardiologists, and the research that affects both groups, Said David J. Moliterno, M.D., F.A.C.C., i2 Summit Program Committee chair.

“There is a continued emphasis on trying to pull together areas of commonality between the overall ACC meeting and the i2 Summit,” Moliterno said. “There are many areas of overlap. While they are separate meetings, we are continually trying to find things that can be done together so we can continue to grow side-by-side.”

Joint ACC.11 and i2 Summit sessions are open to all professional attendees, and they include LBCTs, the ACC.11 and i2 Summit Scientific Showcase, live cases,

Taped cases, joint ACC.11 and i2 Summit vascular sessions and the Meeting Highlights wrap-up. These sessions will be presented in the “Joint Main Tent,” La Nouvelle Ballroom of the convention center

“We have this common theme of trying to pull together all of cardiology, keeping everyone up to date and making it very real to the practicing physician — not just statistics, not just study designs, but rather how it will apply to everyday practice,” he said. “As interventional cardiology broadens its reach and depth, it continues to involve more non-interventionalists.”

Watch CVN on CardioSource and in Select Hotels at ACC.11 & i2 Summit

There is no better way to stay up-to-date and in-the-know than on CardioSource.org.

From April 3-5, CardioSourceVideoNews will be providing exclusive, same-day video coverage of the meeting. An expert panel of cardiology professionals will be at the CVN news desk and on location to bring you the latest science and announcements, featuring:

Daily news and headlines

• One-on-one interviews with LBCT investigators and newsmakers

• Discussion and analysis from our expert panel

• and more!

Join Drs. Peter Block, Chris Cannon, Athena Poppas, Anthony DeMaria, Paul Douglass, Nalini Rajamannan, and Randy Martin for the latest video news from ACC.11 and i2 Summit.

The ACC.11 & i2 Summit 2011 Community is an online space for attendees to discuss the science from the meetings, connect with other attendees, hear from the meeting co-chairs and other faculty and get special offers from local businesses. Haven’t joined yet? Here’s what you’re missing:

Personal interviews with the ACC.11 and i2 Summit 2011 co-chairs: Where are they from? How did they get involved with the ACC? What advice do they have for meeting attendees?

Insider views on sessions: Topic coordinators and spotlight chairs are posting information about the sessions they’re hosting that is only available through the ACC.11 & i2 Summit 2011 Community. Leave your feedback in the comments section to help shape the meeting’s education.

Advice from New Orleans locals: Visit the community to get recommendations for activities, restaurants and more. Also, you can use the community to organize events with other attendees, ask questions and share your photos and videos.

Community Features

The group also incorporates discussions about the meeting happening elsewhere on the web. Tweet with the meeting hashtag #ACC11 to have your tweets appear in the community and bring extra visibility to your message. If you’re not on Twitter, visit the group to see what people are saying on Twitter without having to create an account. In addition, the community features the latest ACC leadership entries published on the ACC in Touch Blog.

Finally, the community offers the ability to compete with other group members for the title of top contributor. Members can compete for the top spot by starting conversations, uploading photos and videos, taking polls and more. Every time you complete an activity, you receive a certain number of points. These points are added behindthe- scenes to give a total point value. If you earn the most points, your profile will appear in the “Top Contributors” section of the group.

This community is yours! Start connecting now at CardioSource.org/ ACC11.
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