Many thanks to David Nelson, Jim Atkinson and Christina Migliore (HFTM, Pathology and JFTC Council Links Liaisons) for coordinating the focus content for this issue.

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Since Paul Corris and John Dark have hit the mark for this issue and since I am on a well-deserved vacation (some of you will challenge this of course) I have very little sense to this add to this great issue. There is American English, Australian English, British English and Canadian English among many others. There is Standard English and nonstandard English. There is Old English, Middle English, New English, Archaic English, Colloquial English, Technical English and of course there is slang. There is Webster's Dictionary, Thorndike-Barnhart, American Heritage and of course there is the prize acquisition for any library, The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The OED is now available online. It is a treasure-house for scholars, a go-to resource for all who study the history of language or literature. There is the Corpus of Contemporary American English and there is the Corpus of Historical American English. There are English speakers, English teachers, there are lexicographers and there are linguists.

There are 6000 languages spoken in the world today. English has borrowed from not quite all these languages. But there are more people on Earth who use English as their secondary language than there are those who use English as a primary language. If we are going to better understand what people say or mean and if we are going to improve our communication then we must all have a better command of the English language to understand the subtleties and dialects and make fewer mistakes.

The English language is impure—it is an amalgam of many borrowed words developed from contact with different cultures, colonization, regionalization, imperialism and now globalization. It is a melting pot which will continue to brew and stew into a richness that will never be fully cooked or complete. If the only thing or concept that remains constant is change, then the English language unceasingly changes. Some of us may believe these changes represent erosion, while some of us may believe these changes are continual refinements. These changes have been considered mistakes or errors, but we should be reminded that there is no success without failure. Either way the English language is essential to communication, and I am quite certain the English language is unquestionably a word hoarder.

I leave you with this, Shakespeare had no dictionary.

And as an open invitation, any member of the Society is welcome to submit to the Links Newsletter any editorial comments on the proper—and improper—use of the English language, and why, so that we might improve communication with our colleagues, our patients, and one another.

Vincent Valentine, MD
Editor-in-Chief, ISHLT Links Newsletter


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ISHLT President's Report: First 100 Days

by Allan Glanville

It is a galling and enlightening reality that 100 days have already passed since assuming the role of President of this wonderful Society. So much to do and so little time! Vincent has asked me to provide a few thoughts on these busy days so I trust you will find what follows of interest. Read more →


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The Bacchanal Buzz of Antibodies in Heart Transplantation

by David Nelson

At the 2013 ISHLT meeting in Montreal, the Heart Failure and Transplant Scientific Council chose to have members submit citations with a brief synopsis of interesting articles published in journals outside ISHLT. This article and the one below (by Howard Eisen) are this month's contributions. Read more →

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mTOR Inhibition: Where We Have Been, Where We Are, And Where We (Hopefully) Will Be Going

by Howard Eisen

Dr Eisen discusses the role of mTOR inhibitors (or PSIs) in cardiac transplantation with commentary on the recent clinical trial of everolimus in the American Journal of Transplantation, as well as the accompanying editorial written by Mandeep Mehra, and another article about everolimus by Masetti in the very same issue. Read more →

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Pre-Announcement: Donor Management Research Consensus Conference

by David Nelson

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will host a Consensus Conference on September 16 and 17, 2013, at the Sheraton, Pentagon City, in the Washington, DC, area. Multiple issues related to the core issues of donor consent, recipient consent, and possible development of a national IRB-like oversight panel will be explored. Read more →


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Spreading the Word on the ISHLT Working Formulation for Cardiac AMR

by Dylan Miller and Gerald Berry

Much of the Pathology Council's efforts in recent years have focused on standardizing the diagnostic criteria for antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in cardiac transplant biopsies. These efforts have been fruitful in terms of finding agreement between pathologists at many centers around the globe as well as coordinating closely with clinical colleagues in revising the Working Formulation for AMR. Read more →


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Transplant Greats: Talking with Sharon Hunt

by Manreet Kanwar

At the Junior Faculty and Trainee Council meeting, we decided to introduce a series of features on the legends in the field of heart and lung transplant to try and catch a glimpse into the lives of these inspiring individuals and to get to know them beyond their bibliography. This is our inaugural feature. Read more →

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NEW!! International Fellowship Database

by Manreet Kanwar

The Junior Faculty and Training Council is proud to announce an International Fellowship Database which was created with the goal of disseminating information and improving visibility of highly specialized fellowships in the field of heart and lung transplant. Based on survey responses provided by ISHLT members, we have collected information on international training opportunities in adult and pediatric heart failure, heart and lung transplant, mechanical circulatory devices and pulmonary hypertension. This is not a comprehensive list and ISHLT does not endorse the programs listed or information provided in this database. For more information, visit the Junior Faculty & Trainee Council Webpage →


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Letter from Across the Pond

by Paul Corris

July is ending on a high note despite the continued faltering economy. We have enjoyed glorious summer weather and continued international sporting success. Not only was the Lions tour of Australia (Rugby Union) a triumph, the first XI cricket team is trouncing their Australian opponents at the time of writing. Read more →

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George Alexander Louis and the Press

by John Dark

"It was summer" was the excuse, "a quiet news day". Is that really the best explanation of media hysteria, almost everywhere in the world? Or are we seeing yet another example of what Christopher Hitchens described as the "cretinism of royal coverage"? At home in the UK, even the left wing, previously republican (and we are not talking GOP) Guardian newspaper devoted most of the front page and four more inside-a day's work for half a dozen reporters. Read more →

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by Dan Dilling

Bob Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker, who is featured in an upcoming short film about New Yorker cartoons called Very Semi-Serious. For this month's Laughing Links feature, we encourage you to watch a recent TED talk by Mr. Mankoff. It is really funny, even if a bit long at 21 minutes. In it he describes the process and philosophy behind writing and choosing the famous New Yorker cartoons and even gets into the essence of humor. And he picks some of his favorites to highlight his points! Enjoy!   Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker Cartoon

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Interesting, Inspiring and Intriguing Links from Around the Globe

Hot topics in organ transplantation this month include human organ trafficking, Sarah Murnaghan, the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa, cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet, milestone of 500 transplant operations in Kuwait, creating advanced care directives on how we want to die, the downside to organ donation wishes being kept from families, new organ donation strategy at NHS, fair organ distribution system in China, and how to decide who should receive organ transplants. 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 Michael Eberlein (Iowa City, Iowa, USA), Oztekin Oto (Izmir, Turkey), David Nelson (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA), Matthew Fenton (London, UK), Joe Rogers (Durham, North Carolina, USA), Takahiro Oto (Okayama, Japan), Guilherme Oliveira (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), Hartmuth Bittner and Ahmad Chaudhry (Orlando, FLorida, USA), Richard Daly (Rochester, Minnesota, USA), John Ransom (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA), Doris Taylor (Houston, Texas, USA), and Robert Spicer (Omaha, Nebraska, USA). Read more →

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Telling Dildrams and Talking Whiff-Whaff

by Paul Corris

Regional speech has always been a source of fascination and survives via collections of traditional stories, folk songs, poetry and dialect based translations of well-known literary works. In a country like the United Kingdom which has been conquered and held by foreigners of several different nations during its early history, it follows as a matter of course that that a great variety of dialects will be found to prevail in different parts of the Kingdom. Read more →

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noun Archaic.
a man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.


Vincent G Valentine, MD, Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Staff

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."

— Lewis Carroll

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