The 34th Annual Meeting will be virtual only

The 34th Annual Meeting
will be virtual only

3 August 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the “live in person” part of the Annual Meeting in Barcelona and transition to a virtual format through the EACTS Portal only. The decision was made due to the escalating uncertainty related to the Coronavirus outbreak and to safeguard the safety of our members and the broader community we serve.

The innovative EACTS Portal will continue to provide an opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting sessions and connect with friends and colleagues, all in a safe learning environment with an inspiring scientific programme as well as a fully featured virtual exhibition hall where you can talk with exhibitors, see their latest products, and download information.

With this new technology, it is just like being right there in person.

 If you are a Physician or Industry representative , there are 3 options to attend:

      1. Existing EACTS members receive free access.
      2. Non-Members can apply for EACTS membership for an annual fee of €250, and receive free access.
      3. Non-Members who do not wish to join EACTS can register for the Annual Meeting for €300 plus applicable VAT.

All Nurses will receive complimentary registration.

If you are a Resident, Perfusionist, or other Allied Health professional , there are 3 options to attend:

      1. Existing EACTS members receive free access.
      2. Non-Members can apply for EACTS membership for an annual fee of €125, and receive free access.
      3. Non-Members who do not wish to join EACTS can register for the Annual Meeting for €150 plus applicable VAT.
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EJCTS to be online only

 

23rd September 2020
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Dear Member,

In October this year European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) will be joining Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) to become an online-only publication. Times are changing and so are we!  We now live in a digital world where both researchers and readers expect information to be easy to find and fast to access – from any device in any location – and online journals fulfill this need.

We understand that some of you may miss receiving your monthly copy of EJCTS, but after much debate we have decided that moving to online-only is the right thing to do, for EACTS and for our readers all over the world.

Here is a summary of our thinking, for your convenience:

  • By moving to online-only, EACTS can focus its efforts on improving the online journals, which in turn will deliver faster and more effective access to research information.
  • The EJCTS and ICTVS journal homepages are about to be significantly upgraded, making articles even more accessible than ever before.  Additional new functionality is timetabled for launch early next year.
  • Video can be a vitally important component of the papers EJCTS publishes.  Our online journals offer the specialty-focused video and sound content that is so often an essential element of a research article.
  • And finally, online-only journals save paper and plastic and eliminate the cost of distribution. We have become painfully conscious of the environmental cost of printing thousands of journals every month and we believe that this is unsustainable, in every sense of the word.

We hope you will support us in this decision and we look forward to announcing the launch of our new online journal homepages and improved functionality very soon.

With best wishes,

Friedhelm Beyersdorf                                                         Matthias Siepe
Editor-in-Chief                                                                     Incoming Editor-in-Chief

Coronavirus and your EJCTS-ICVTS subscriptions

Dear Member,

During these unique and uncertain times, we are working hard to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on our publications and resources, particularly your subscriptions to the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) and Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS).

All EACTS members have subscriptions to these publications and we are taking steps to ensure you can always access EJCTS and ICVTS content. Both publications are available digitally through your Oxford University Press online account and – although we are working hard to reduce disruption to print copies of EJCTS – we are encouraging all our members to take advantage of the online materials, which include back issues and archive content.

The publications are also available via the EACTS mobile app, which can be downloaded via The App Store or Google Play. If you require any assistance logging in or have questions on how to access EJCTS online please  contact membership@oup.com directly or Elvira Lewis: elvira.lewis@eacts.co.uk

Kind regards,

Prof Dr Friedhelm Beyersdorf                                   Prof Dr Matthias Siepe
Editor-in-Chief EJCTS                                                  Editor-in-Chief ICVTS

Leading Heart Surgery Societies Call for Improved Strategies to Treat Rheumatic Heart Disease

Declaration details global initiative for people living with RHD

Experts from the world’s major heart surgery organizations—including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)—are calling for urgent action to develop and implement effective strategies for treating rheumatic heart disease (RHD), which affects 33 million people and kills 320,000 annually. The joint statement, known as the “Cape Town Declaration,” was published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and eight other journals.

The statement originated during a December 2017 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, arranged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful heart transplant operation. The conference was attended by representatives from STS, AATS, ASCVTS, and EACTS, as well as from numerous other national and pan-national heart surgery organizations, including the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons, the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, and the World Heart Foundation.

“The Cape Town Declaration represents the first truly worldwide initiative on rheumatic heart disease and involves every major cardiothoracic surgical organization throughout the globe,” said STS President Keith S. Naunheim, MD. “While this may only be the first step, we look forward to a joint effort that involves not just surgical organizations but industry, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, and charitable foundations. Only through such a coordinated effort can we hope to roll back the tide of global rheumatic heart disease.”

RHD accounts for a major proportion of cardiovascular disease in children and young adults in low- and middle-income countries. It most often begins in childhood as strep throat. Left untreated, strep can progress to rheumatic fever and then RHD, which is characterized by one or more damaged heart valves. Although virtually eliminated in Europe and North America, RHD remains a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the South Pacific, and impoverished pockets of developed nations.

“The global burden of mortality from what is essentially a treatable disease remains underrecognized by different factions of society, including many health care providers,” said AATS President David H. Adams, MD. “The Cape Town Declaration is a call to arms to work together to treat those currently suffering from RHD and hopefully to one day shift the focus to prevention through access to appropriate antibiotic treatments of streptococcal infections.”

Currently, the only effective treatment for RHD is open heart surgery; however, this life-saving operation is not readily available in the affected regions. In those populations most vulnerable to RHD, the need for heart surgery is estimated at 300 operations per 1 million people. However, there is a serious shortage of both heart surgeons and hospitals that perform cardiac surgery in those areas most susceptible to the disease; for example, there is only one cardiac center per 33 million people in Africa. Furthermore, valve reconstruction as opposed to valve replacement in rheumatic disease is often possible and associated with better survival after surgery, and these techniques need to be broadly expanded through educational efforts in affected regions.

“The majority of people in the developing world are still lacking access to quality cardiac surgery,” said Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. “The recent 50th anniversary of the world’s first heart transplantation in Cape Town should be the turning point.”

ASCVTS President Shinichi Takamoto, MD, PhD, agreed. “We need a coordinated international effort, which draws upon the experience of fighting this disease in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in the world, to make true progress in eliminating RHD.”

Previous efforts to address RHD have focused on prevention and, while important, have failed to eradicate the disease, meaning that surgery likely will remain an integral part of RHD treatment for several generations. The declaration signatories are proposing a comprehensive solution with two principal aims:

  • To establish an international coalition of individuals from cardiac surgery societies and representatives from industry, cardiology, and government to evaluate and endorse the development of cardiac care in low- to middle-income countries.
  • To advocate for the training of cardiac surgeons and other key specialized caregivers at identified and endorsed centers in low- to middle-income countries.

More specifically, the declaration sets forth that the proposed international coalition should include two representatives each from STS, AATS, ASCVTS, and EACTS, along with one person from the device manufacturing industry and another from the World Heart Foundation. This group will be responsible for establishing criteria for the clinical care and training centers, as well as selecting and endorsing the centers. In addition, the declaration states that providers should receive training relevant to the conditions and resource-constrained settings that they can expect to encounter in their own countries. The statement also calls for the identification and endorsement of up to three clinical care and training centers to form a program nucleus as quickly as possible.

In addition to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Cape Town Declaration will be published simultaneously in the following journals: Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals, Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, Chinese Circulation Journal, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Polish Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, South African Medical Journal, and the South Africa Heart Journal.

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Highlights of July issue of ICTVS journal

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The new online-only issue of ICTVS journal is published now. Matthias Siepe, Editor-in-Chief, and EACTS invites you to read and share the following selection of recently published articles:

Statistical primer: basics of survival analysis for the cardiothoracic surgeon.
Author: Daniel J.F.M. Thuijs et al.

Surgical repair of atrioventricular septal defects: incidence and mode of failure of the left atrioventricular valve.
Author: Thierry Bové et al.

Risk factors for spinal cord ischaemia after thoracic endovascular aortic repair.
Author: Toshifumi Hiraoka et al.

Extracorporeal resuscitation as a further modifier of clinical outcome in patients with left ventricular assist device implantation and Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support level 1.
Author: Edis Ljajikj et al.

Acute exercise is not cardioprotective and may induce apoptotic signalling in heart surgery: a randomized controlled trial.
Author: Benedikte T. Smenes et al.

As of now: ICVTS Journal is online-only

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In order to move with the times, the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) journal will be online only from July 2018. Most scholars already use electronic devices (laptop, tablet and/or smartphone) to read news from around the globe, to find out about the latest academic research and to share this information as well as their own work with their peers. That’s why EACTS decide to change the printed to the online version. The new version will provide market-leading functionality to all users; none of which can be offered in the print environment.

In detail:
– easily search and quickly find specific articles one is interested in
– enlarge images to view more details
– play videos
– gain access to the raw data of a study, which in the medical area is increasingly requested.

ICVTS will remain free of article processing charges (APCs) for the authors, with free access for all readers. All articles will still be published in monthly issues and each article will also include a downloadable PDF for those who prefer to have something in their hands and read on paper.

For all the people who want to get a notification about new articles, please sign here via your magazine account.

More Information about the journal: https://academic.oup.com/icvts

 

Join the team of the EACTS Residents Committee

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The EACTS Residents Committee is looking for a resident to join the team. The Residents Committee is devoted to representing the views and interests of European residents, identify issues in training and facilitate education. The Committee aims to find common ground in current European Training Programmes in order to develop standards in surgical training. It collaborates with other agencies in manpower planning. The Committee encourages membership of EACTS, promotes communication channels and supports academic activity. It works together with the domains and other committees of EACTS (and other organisations, other disciplines, cardiology). Its members endeavour to carry out their tasks with commitment and transparency and ensure accessibility to the Committee for all European surgeons in training.

Click here to apply for this position, providing a letter of motivation along with your CV and publication list. The final selection would take place at the Council Meeting in October and allowing the new member to attend the Residents Committee meeting in February 2019.  The deadline for applications is 30 September 2018.

 

Techno-College

Professor Hendrik Treede and the New Technology Task Force have been busy shaping Techno-College into our new format.

The new three-day format provides the opportunity of including Techno-College across all three days, and to offer participants a single fee.

Techno-College will present a three hour session each day, and will once again feature live case transmissions, live-in-a-box recordings and outward looking invited presentations.

Thursday’s session will be on how new technology can be integrated in your common practice. On Friday we will examine the Heart Team and interventional therapies and on Saturday we will focus on emerging technologies including heart failure, aortic disease and even cardioplegia strategies.

The format of our successful Techno-College Innovation Award has also changed with the Award finalists presenting their innovations in ‘The Lion’s Den’ to both the audience and a dedicated group of jurors including surgeons, cardiologists, company CEOs and venture capitalists. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW! – deadline 17 September 2018.