On behalf of the Programme Committee of
the British Cardiovascular Society, I am delighted to be building the programme
again for the BCS Annual Conference, 5-7 June 2017 in Manchester.
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.
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 BCS Annual Conference is uniquely positioned to
facilitate this in one meeting.
The 2017 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. The already close collaboration with the British Heart Foundation continues in 2017.
2017 Theme - Cardiology at the Extremes
The theme running through the core of
the 2017 programme will be Cardiology at the Extremes, and we are delighted to
announce that Prof Ben Levine (pictured below) will deliver this year’s Opening
Ceremony Keynote Speech 'Will the right (cardiovascular)
stuff get humans to Mars: reflections of a Space Cardiologist'.
Prof Levine has a unique background in
space medicine, serving as a co-investigator on 4 Spacelab missions (SLS-1,
SLS-2, D-2 and Neurolab), the MIR space station, and recently was the PI of a
large cardiovascular experiment on the International Space Station (ISS), called
the “ICV”.He was also awarded by
NASA the “most Compelling Results from the ISS” in 2013.
BHF Bench-to-Bedside session
'Extreme phenotypes in Pulmonary Arterial
Hypertension: from genes to novel therapies' is the title of this year’s BHF
Bench-to-Bedside session, facilitated by Prof Nick Morrell.
The Bench to Bedside format session
consists of a series of presentations (basic, translational or clinical) on a
particular clinical condition given by members of a single unit, the aim being
to give an insight into the vision and organisation of a successful clinical
Nick Morrell is the BHF Professor of
Cardiopulmonary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the
Cambridge BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence. His research
focusses on discovering the genetic causes of pulmonary arterial hypertension
(PAH), understanding how these contribute to disease, and translating this
information into new approaches for treatment. His work on the commonest genetic
cause of PAH, mutations in the bone morphogenetic protein type 2 receptor
(BMPR2), has increased our understanding of disease mechanisms and led to
potential new therapies being developed for the clinic.
Strickland Goodall Lecture
This year’s Strickland Goodall Lecture 'Exploring
the extremes of myocardial injury' will be delivered by Prof Michael Marber.
Michael Marber is based in the BHF
Centre of Research Excellence at King’s College London on the St Thomas’
Hospital Campus. He is interested in the process of acute myocardial infarction
and how to identify and measure it. The presentation will focus on biomarkers of
cardiac necrosis and how to exploit their extreme sensitivity.
Paul Wood Lecture
This year’s Paul Wood Lecture 'Personalized medicine and computational cardiology – enhancing
cardiovascular care and health in the next era' will be
delivered by Dr Harlan Krumholz,
a cardiologist and the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), one of the first and most productive research units dedicated to improving patient outcomes and promote better population health
His research uses clinical epidemiological approaches to determine optimal clinical strategies for improvement in the prevention, treatment and outcome of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on under-represented populations.
Dr Krumholz is the editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and editor of CardioExchange, a social media site of the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Scientific Programme highlights
An animal ecophysiologist and zoologist,
Prof Craig Franklin is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the
University of Queensland, Australia.
Craig’s research takes him on
expeditions from the poles to the tropics to deserts, with many of his studies
focusing on how life has evolved to meet the physiological challenges associated
with living under extreme environmental conditions.
His talk on
'Extreme divers in the animal kingdom:
cardiorespiratory tricks from the true masters of submergence' he will delve
into field based physiology, and argue that the heart of one particular creature
is the most sophisticated and complex in the animal kingdom.
We always try and bring 'something different' to the Conference and this year, to emphasise the “Extremes” theme; renowned polar photographer, Sue Flood will be delivering a talk on some of her extreme adventures in the polar regions.
Sue spent 11 years as a wildlife filmmaker with the BBC Natural History Unit working on 'Planet Earth' along with other blue-chip series. Currently she spends around six months of the year on location, usually in the Arctic or Antarctic regions.
Her first book 'Cold Places', features her favourite images from the last 15 years working in the Arctic and Antarctic, the publication coinciding with a month-long exhibition at London's Getty Gallery, sponsored by Canon. Cold Places was recognised in the International Photography Awards last year, winning third place in the Nature books category.
Sue has had some great adventures in the polar regions, including camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic, working on Russian icebreakers and sailing across the Drake Passage on a very small yacht. Sue is passionate about what she does, and she hopes that this comes across in her images so that people will be inspired to want to protect the wildlife and ecosystems she has been fortunate enough to photograph.
Extreme flying and the cardiovascular system
This session will focus on the applied cardiovascular physiology of flight (Wing Commander Nic Green and Wing Commander Pete Hodkinson), the clinical evaluation and regulation of extreme performance pilots (Wing Commander Ed Nicol) and the personal experience of extreme flight (Squadron Leader Gaz Kennedy).
Squadron Leader Kennedy joined the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine in 2009 and has been the Officer Commanding the Aviation Medicine Flight since that time. His roles include trialling new flying equipment, providing high onset G training, and clinical assessments of patients in the fast jet flying environment.
The Aviation Medicine Flight's Hawks are the only RAF aircraft apart from the Typhoon which are cleared to operate up to 9G. Squadron Leader Kennedy regularly undertakes trials and delivers training up to this G level.
Held on the first day of the Annual Conference, Training Day is always popular and this year features a joint session with the Royal College of Physicians.
The session will address current and future developments in the cardiology curriculum for trainees and trainers. A particular highlight this year will be a presentation from the President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre (pictured below left) on the RCP's vision for acute medical care.
Confirmed guest speakers (l-r):
Professor Jane Dacre - President of the Royal College of Physicians, Jane is an honorary consultant physician and rheumatologist at the Whittington hospital in North London, Professor of Medical Education and was former director of UCL medical school in London.
Dr Sara Thorne - Sara is a consultant cardiologist specialising in adult congenital heart disease and pregnancy in heart disease at the queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where she established the adult congenital heart disease unit and the joint cardiac high risk pregnancy service.
Dr James Wilkinson MRCP, PhD - James is a consultant cardiologist who specialises in intervention. He is based at University Hospital Southampton, where is on the heart attack on-call rota. He is a liaison cardiologist for Lymington, where he regularly does clinical work.
Dr Nicola Edwards - Nicky Edwards is a consultant cardiologist and honorary senior research fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and UO Birmingham. Her clinical interest is non-invasive imaging using echo, cmr and CT specifically in valvular heart disease and non-ischaemic heart muscle disease.
Dr Bernard Prendergast - Bernard is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe hospital where he is also the clinical director of cardiac services. Clinical interests include interventional cardiology, valvular heart disease and infective endocarditis.
Comprehensive coverage of all new developments in cardiology and cardiovascular science
- National Training Day: including Endocarditis MDT-Live, Cardiology in the ITU, and a special joint session with the Royal College of Physicians.
- Imaging: dedicated imaging track; abstract poster sessions; integrated imaging content in the highlight sessions of the programme; sessions on cardiac sarcoid, cardiac amyloid, and the investigation of stable chest pain; many imaging hot topics.
- Arrhythmias: sessions on prediction of sudden death and enigmas in arrhythmias: arrhythmia abstract sessions; discussion of arrhythmia clinical cases (MDT-Live); an AF update, cardiac syncope and driving and “Who needs an implantable device in 2017? There will be a whole track of arrhythmia hot topics throughout the 3 days.
- Intervention: BCIS sessions on myocardial infarction and percutaneous management of structural heart disease; sessions on ACS in the post-troponin era and assessment of patients with suspected stable angina; BHVS session on tricuspid valve disease: abstract sessions and a whole track of interventional hot topics throughout the 3 days.
- Heart Failure: sessions on Landmark Trials in Heart failure and Heart Failure Crises. An innovations in cardio-oncology session linked with heart failure abstracts and a whole track of heart failure hot topics throughout the 3 days.
- Adult congenital heart disease: sessions on pulmonary hypertension, Pregnancy MDT-Live and aortopathies, together with abstracts and hot topics.
- Clinical Science and Translational Research in the Innovations in Clinical Cardiology track, including the Michael Davies Early Career Award. A highlight session on Will stem cell research change clinical practice? organised jointly by BCS, BSCR and BAS.
- Basic Science: the BAS/BSCR Spring Meeting focusing on New frontiers in Cardiovascular Science with sessions including 1) Adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system; 2) Cardiac and arterial ageing; 3) Leukocytes in cardiovascular inflammation; 4) Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Also basic science abstract poster sessions, the John French lecture and basic science “hot topics”.
- Young Investigators Prize. The new combined prize administered by BCS, BSCR and BAS.
- Stroke: A joint session with the British Hypertension Society and the British Association of Stroke Physicians.
- Education for Revalidation (E4R) sessions including ‘Top 10 Trials’ and ‘Life Long Learning’ and the ever-popular BCS Quiz hosted by Rod Stables.
- Multisession tracks dedicated to Patients (CCPUK) and Healthcare Scientists.
- International sessions in association with the European Society of Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, Irish Cardiac Society and Indian Cardiac Society.
The 2017 Annual Conference will feature a dedicated area for interactive education provided by the BCS, the BHF and industry colleagues.