Many thanks to Howie Eisen and David Nelson (BSTR and HFTM Council Links Liaisons) for coordinating the focus content for this issue.


No, this is not coming from the church but it is related to the theme of this issue. There's a great deal to be thankful for but there is not enough time in the day or in the month of November 2013. What a memorable month it will be.

Our Spotlight is on the 2014 Annual Meeting. We hope you plan to join us in the sunny city of San Diego this April 2014. Not only will Basic Science and Heart Failure & Transplant Medicine be hot topics throughout the Scientific Sessions, two ISHLT Academies have been planned to focus on these disciplines.

Let us give thanks to our very own Howie Eisen for making it clear of the amount of damage that occurs to our DNA every day. He provides us with an insightful treatise on Epigenetics and Transplantation.

We have reports on the Donor Management Research Consensus Conference by David Nelson, Updates from the Annual Heart Failure Society of America meeting by Robert Cole and Alanna Morris, submissions from the ISHLT Grants and Awards and the International Traveling Scholarships—don't miss out on these valuable opportunities!

ISHLT 2014

• Annual Meeting website
• Academy website
Online Registration
• 2014 Preliminary Program

REMINDER: The Annual Meeting begins on Thursday (one day later than usual) and concludes mid-day on Sunday.

And to link it all together, your Editor-in-Geek out of Fear and Negotiation reminds you of our Dedication and Devotion from our past to carry us to our patients in the present and the future without mentioning that it could simply be all Greek to me. Be sure to check out the Word of the Month. Oh and just one more thing (as Lieutenant Columbo would say), here's to our 2015 Program Chair, Andreas Zuckermann, a hardcore New Orleans Saints fan, check out our new little Saint in the Rattling Links.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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


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ISHLT 2014 in Sunsational San Diego!

Featuring overviews of the 34th Annual Meeting and ISHLT Academies, and including highlights from:

    • Basic Science & Translational Research
    • Heart Failure & Transplant Medicine

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Epigenetics and Transplantation

by Howard Eisen

Recently, while actively engaged in my hobby—writing patient notes in our electronic medical record—I was confronted with a sudden, unexpected outage of the system. Not knowing when the system would restart, I began to ponder complexity, in this case complexity in entering patient data and in how we conduct medical care. As it was clear that the outage was not going to end anytime soon and since the last patient in whose record I was entering information had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought about the complexity of the genetics of this disease and how the understanding of genesis of malignancies has become far more intricate. Read more →

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Shedding Light on the Black Box of Science: Basic Science and Translational Research Academy Day

by Tereza Martinu, Esmé Dijke, and Chris Wigfield

Would you like to better understand how T cells cause rejection or how antibodies are generated? Or wonder why it matters in the first place? Have you already been involved in transplant-related research and would like to review the basic concepts and hear an update on recent research breakthroughs? Or are you a basic scientist who would like to learn about the clinical relevance of basic pathways and mechanisms? At the ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Basic Science and Translational Research, there will be helpful information for everyone. This academy day is aimed at shedding light on the dark spots of your knowledge, tying together basic science, translational research, and their clinical relevance in both heart and lung transplantation Read more →


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Donor Management Research Consensus Conference

by David P Nelson

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (ODTA) convened a national consensus conference on donor management research in Arlington, Virginia, September 16-17. I had the privilege of being one of the conference co-chairs, along with Peter Abt, an abdominal surgeon from the University of Pennsylvania, and Richard Hasz, Vice President, Clinical Services, Gift of Life donor program. Read more →

Updates from the Annual Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Meeting

by Robert Cole and Alanna Morris

The 17th annual scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) was recently held in Orlando, FL, from September 22-25, 2013. The turnout for the meeting was fantastic and, as always, there were many posters and presentations of particular interest to the ISHLT community. While there simply isn't enough time to discuss all of the abstracts pertinent to ISHLT members, please enjoy a few of the highlights! Read more →

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ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine

by David Baran, Jose Tallaj, and Chris Wigfield

The ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine will provide a concise review of clinical knowledge and essential professional skills to facilitate best practice of surgical and medical aspects involved in the care of patients with advanced heart failure, assessment as candidates and as recipients of mechanical circulatory device and heart transplantation. The course consists of focused presentations with an emphasis on clinical practice. Read more →


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Putting the "I" into International

by John Dark

Back in the spring of 2011, at the San Diego Annual meeting, our Society introduced the concept of the Travelling Scholarship. We are an International society, with a wonderful meeting every year, but we wanted to create more opportunities for our members to meet and learn. In particular, we wanted to give the opportunity for any member of our transplant teams to go and see how things were done elsewhere, to learn and maybe also to teach. This opportunity would be of equal value to surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and basic scientists, to list but a few. Read more →

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It's All Greek To Me

by Vincent Valentine

As we continue to improve our communication skills when running into something not understandably written, spoken or even perhaps a complicated or convoluted diagram, we turn to the old reliable dead metaphorical expression, "it's all Greek to me." Is Greek so foreign and incomprehensible? Was it because of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar? Fortunately for us in health care the largest Greek contribution to English vocabulary is found in the scientific, medical and technical neologisms. Read more →


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ISHLT Grants and Awards Applications Now Online - APPLY TODAY!

The 2014 ISHLT Grants and Awards applications are now available online at Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Grants will be awarded at the ISHLT 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, April 10-13, 2014 in San Diego, California. Also, view a Special Invitation for JFTC members.

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Masina Scavuzzo (ISHLT NHSAH Council Chair) is honored for her hard work

from Barnes-Jewish Hospital News

Preparing for a lung transplant—or any transplant—can be a big challenge. That's why transplant nurse coordinators work extensively with patients to ensure they're physically and emotionally prepared for the journey ahead. More than 13 years ago, Masina Scavuzzo, BSN, CCTC, left the University of Toronto, where she worked as a nurse and lung transplant coordinator, to work with one of the largest lung transplant programs in the country—the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center. Once she arrived in St. Louis and immersed herself in the program, her goal was to promote excellence in lung transplantation and transplant nursing. Recently, Scavuzzo's hard work and dedication earned her the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) 2013 Nursing Excellence Award. Read more →

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O2 Breathe Gala event planned to honor the legacy of (ISHLT Member) Dr. Robyn Barst

sponsored by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)

An elegant evening is planned on November 7, 2013 in New York City, honoring the legacy of Dr. Robyn Barst. The event will raise funds and awareness to fight PH and features Dr. Barst's patients, colleagues and family speaking of her contributions to the PH community as well as a look forward to the next steps in PHA's fight against PH. What better way to honor a woman who dedicated her career to ending pulmonary hypertension than to raise funds for research to bring us closer to her dream of curing PH. Read more →


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Interesting, Inspiring and Intriguing Links from Around the Globe

Compelling news in heart and lung transplantation this month include moving and poignant stories from Australia, Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, 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 Dirk Van Raemdonck (Belgium), Robert D Levy (Canada), Karen Redmond (Ireland), and Christian Bermudez, Edward Garrity, James Hammel, Steven Kindel, Daniel Kreisel, Cindy Martin, Edwin McGee, Alanna Morris, Elfriede Pahl Schuette, Masina Scavuzzo, Daniel Tang, Wickii Vigneswaran and Rajat Walia (United States). Read more →


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Newest Additions in the Links!

Cathy and Vincent Valentine are now the proud grandparents of their third grandson, Brennan Dane Oalmann, a 22 in, 8 lb 5 oz bundle of joy, born October 27, 2013. He joins his brothers, Devin and Dylan along with their proud parents, Kristen and Jeff Oalmann. Let's give the Oalmanns a warm ISHLT congratulations to their new little Saint. See Page →


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Q & A with Carol Burnett

2013 Mark Twain Prize Recipient Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. A unique feature of the show consisted of an unrehearsed question-and-answer segment with the audience, lasting about 3-4 minutes at the start of most shows. Burnett would ask for the lights to be turned up ("lets bump up the lights") and then randomly pick audience members who raised their hands. Watch video →


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Fear and Negotiation

by Vincent Valentine

November 2013 brings us Thanksgiving, dedication and devotion. We have Lincoln's dedicatory Gettysburg address delivered 150 years ago on November 19, 1863. It was presented to you and what it means to the ISHLT in the 2011 Volume 3, Issue 6 of the Links. We have the Devotion, Dedication, Emancipation, and Election: the Clash of the Sound Heart and a Deformed Conscience of Mark Twain through the eyes of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Slave Jim presented to you in the 2012 Volume 4, Issue 7 of the Links. Now, 50 years ago on November 22, 1963 is the assassination of a pragmatic, patriotic, charming, brilliant, witty and glamorous war hero who together with his wife revitalized the White House, encouraged intellectual and artistic activity, stated in Berlin that "freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free," and who took pride in the words, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Read more →


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Deipnosophist is derived from the Greek words deipnon, a meal and sophistes, a wise man. Let's give thanks to Athenaeus of Naucratis, an Egyptian born Greek and author of Deipnosophistai, a collection of books in the form of an aristocratic symposium where the learned meet at a banquet. Today, a deipnosophist is one who is an adept conversationalist especially around the dinner table. Compare deipnosophism with symposium. Symposium comes from the dramatic dialogue of Plato and literally means drinking together or a drinking party. Be sure to get your abstract submitted and register for our annual meeting—you will find all the real learning in the nightly deipnosophistic symposiums but only after attending the daily symposiums or symposia.


Vincent G Valentine, MD, Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Staff

"Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death."

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