|Prof Cliff Garratt
(Education & Research)
Chair of Programme
On behalf of the Programme Committee of the British Cardiovascular Society, I am delighted to be building the programme for the BCS Annual Conference, 8 – 10 June 2015 in Manchester.
There is little doubt that there is an increasing - rather than decreasing - need for today's cardiologists to have a broad understanding of all the major subspecialist areas. The British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference is uniquely positioned to facilitate this in one meeting. The 2015 programme will once again feature an array of informative, entertaining and interactive sessions, debates, panel discussions, workshops and addresses from international leaders in the field.
This flagship conference has attracted progressively increasing numbers of delegates over the last few years, and I plan to continue this trend by improving on this successful model with innovative educational formats. The already close collaboration with the British Heart Foundation will increase in 2015.
The theme of the 2015 programme is ‘Hearts and Genes’, and we are delighted to announce that Professor Robert Winston will be giving this year’s Opening Ceremony Keynote Speech, entitled “Where are we going with molecular medicine?" This will be followed by a new-style BHF “gene-to-bedside” session focusing on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (facilitated by Professor Hugh Watkins) and BHF/UKGTN sessions on the new gene panels for diagnosis of inherited cardiovascular disease.
Highlights of the 2015 Programme
Prof Robert Winston
Prof Hugh Watkins
Sally Smith QC
- Opening ceremony lecture from Prof Robert Winston entitled 'Where are we going with molecular medicine?'
- BHF 'Gene-to-bedside' session focusing on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, facilitated byProf Hugh Watkins. This is a new type of session in which a series of presentations on a particular clinical condition (basic, translational and clinical) are given by members of a single unit, the aim being to give insight into the vision and organisation of a successful clinical research department
- Named lectures from Professor Jonathan Kalman and Sir Harry Burns
- Daily ‘MDT Live’ sessions featuring discussion of clinical cases (heart failure, arrhythmias and intervention)
- New medico-legal session with Sally Smith QC, chaired by Professor Roger Hall
- Session on "Music and the cardiovascular system" featuring Professor Peter Sleight and live performances from the Welsh Cardiovascular Society Choir
- In "The Transplant Cycle" Professor Greg Whyte and Dr John Buckley return to the Manchester stage, telling a true story of a cardiac transplant recipient who is making the most of his new heart
Comprehensive coverage of all the new developments in cardiology and cardiovascular science:
- National Training Day - including SAC session
- Imaging: dedicated imaging track, abstract poster sessions and integrated imaging content in the highlight sessions of the programme
- Arrhythmias: sessions on AF; guidelines on prevention of device infection, as well as arrhythmia abstract sessions; discussion of arrhythmia clinical cases; the Paul Wood Lecture; and whole track of arrhythmia hot topics throughout the 3 days
- Intervention: sessions on acute coronary syndromes; myocardial infarction; valve disease intervention, as well as abstract sessions; discussion of interventional clinical cases; and a whole track of interventional hot topics throughout the 3 days
- Heart Failure: sessions on acute heart failure; cardiomyopathies; the heart and systemic disease; cardio-oncology; discussion of heart failure clinical cases; and a whole track of heart failure hot topics throughout the 3 days
- ACHD: sessions on ESC guidelines on HCM and aortic disease; a BCCA session; a shared care in ACHD session, together with abstracts and hot topics
- Clinical Science Translational Research (CSTR) – including: the Young Research Workers Prize (YRWP); the Michael Davies Early Career Award; and abstract poster sessions
- Basic Science: the BAS/BSCR Spring Meeting focusing on New frontiers in Cardiovascular Science with basic science sessions including 1) Altering blood vessel growth to reduce cardiovascular disease, 2) Vascular Calcification, 3) Systemic inflammation and cardiovascular disease, 4) Unravelling the structural basis of cardiovascular disease through the application of advanced imaging techniques
- "Hypertension for cardiologists" featuring the British Hypertension Society with a line-up of international-quality speakers
- Education for Revalidation (E4R) sessions including ‘Top 10 Trials’ and ‘Life Long Learning’
- Multisession tracks dedicated to BHF Alliance Healthcare Professionals, BACPR/BANCC/BSH members, Patients (CCPUK) and Healthcare Scientists
VIEW THE FULL PROGRAMME HERE
The 2015 Annual Conference will feature a dedicated area for interactive education provided by the BCS, the BHF and industry colleagues; this year’s Education Hall will feature:
Annual Dinner: now a highlight of the Conference, this year’s dinner will be bigger than ever, with a champagne reception, 3-course dinner, a fund raising raffle and music and dancing with DJ Minty. The BHF Alliance awards will be presented to the winners at the annual dinner. The awards, which celebrate high-quality services and care, are awarded to members of the BHF Alliance who champion the BHF's values and mission to win the fight against cardiovascular disease. Tickets are available for purchase when registering for the conference.
- Poster area: interactive poster/abstract sessions
- Hot topics: back by popular demand, these short, interactive presentations cover the latest FAQs in Cardiology
- Simulation: 2015 will see a variety of technical simulators available, as well as the Essential Surgical Skills station, with supervised training by experienced consultants
- Imaging Village: Interactive, supervised work stations for CT, Nuclear, MRI and Echo will be available with opportunities to undertake scans on volunteers
- Resuscitation Sessions: interactive sessions facilitated by an expert faculty and The Resuscitation Council (UK).
Registration: Conference registration is open, with free registration for BCS Members until 29/05/2015. Visit the website now follow us on #BCS2015 or contact the BCS on firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you have an enjoyable and educationally rewarding time at the 2015 BCS Annual Conference.
Prof Cliff Garratt
Vice-President (Education & Research)
Chair of Programme Committee