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ISHLT 2013
in Montréal:

♦  Mouth-watering Montréal!
by Tereza Martinu

♦  ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in MCS
from the ISHLT MCS Academy Workforce members

♦  Heart Session Highlights
from the 2013 Heart Program Committee Members

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Watch this interactive heart rescue video and you may save a life.

Editors' Briefs
"Lost in Translation"

Near Misses,
Near Hits

Close Call Learning Experiences

Outta This World

Interesting, Inspiring and Intriguing Links Around the Globe

Rattling Links
Send in your Baby Photos!

Tattling Links
Members in the News


2013 ISHLT Guidelines for Mechanical Circulatory Support
Coming to the JHLT in January 2013

ISHLT Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Research Grant Award
Application deadline: February 1, 2013

ISHLT Grants & Awards Program
Application deadline: February 1, 2013


Hair, Lead, Deafness: The Heart of the Matter

by Vincent Valentine

Our editor takes an intermission from Mark Twain to bring us the brilliance of Beethoven.


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Vincent Valentine

Senior Associate Editors
John Dark
Roger Evans
Allan Glanville
Maryl Johnson
Lori West

Associate Editors
Christian Benden
Emma Birks
Dan Dilling
Stavros Drakos
Stanley Martin
Tereza Martinu

Managing Editor
Susie Newton

International Correspondents Board
Javier Carbone
Takeshi Nakatani
Luciano Potena
Andreas Zuckermann

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A Focus on Heart Failure and Transplant Medicine

Many thanks to David Nelson (HFTM Council Communications Liaison) for coordinating the focus content for this issue.

Vincent's Seasonal Sense

This month we have many symphonies coming together in harmony to bring us a December to remember. Just over 200 years ago, Charles Dickens was born. He brought forth among others, Ebenezer Scrooge who needed retuning from the past and present spirits to alter his future. His heart changed no different than the growing heart of the Grinch by three sizes when he recognized the true meaning of Christmas in Whoville. It was in December when Ludwig van Beethoven was born who went against convention and provided a different structure and style of music coming from his heart. It was also the Wizard who pointed out how lucky our galvanized friend was to not have a heart, "because hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable." The Wizard's final advice was "...that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." View more...

Focus Articles

Of Special Interest

  • links image The Problems and Pitfalls of Recruitment: Part II
    by Roger Evans

    Understanding the difference between filling a position with a flat candidate and building a sharp program, and recognizing potential problems when a natural external candidate is competing with a dissonant internal candidate for a vacant position, are keys to successful, harmonious recruitment.

  • links image What IS up with whooping cough these days?
    by Michele Estabrook

    Wasn't this a disease of childhood that was eliminated in the 20th century with a vaccine? Now that we've focused our attention on newer diseases like HIV and CMV, is whooping cough making an encore?

  • links image Web-Based Tutorial for Assessment of Endomyocardial Biopsies
    by James Atkinson

    In a harmonious duet, the SCVP and the AECVP have composed an image-rich web-based tutorial for the assessment of cellular rejection on endomyocardial biopsies in cardiac transplantation, showcasing the ISHLT criteria for rejection as well as addressing other findings that might be encountered in these biopsies.

  • links image The World I See Through My Windows (Part III)
    by Nancy Addis

    This is the finale of a trilogy from the wisdom of a homebound patient who continues to discover new windows through which to view our beautiful world.