11th European Mechanical Circulatory Support Summit

The course will run from 3-5 November 2016. To view the course flyer, please click here. THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 08:00 Opening Remarks V Falk, Berlin Part I: Sweet Freedom – Heart Failure Network Chairs: P Mohasci, Bern; F Schönrath, Berlin 08:05 Medical therapy: What’s new in 2016? E Braunwald, Boston 08:35 Inflammatory heart disease: What … Continue reading "11th European Mechanical Circulatory Support Summit"

The course will run from 3-5 November 2016.
To view the course flyer, please click here.

08:00 Opening Remarks V Falk, Berlin
Part I: Sweet Freedom – Heart Failure Network
Chairs: P Mohasci, Bern; F Schönrath, Berlin
08:05 Medical therapy: What’s new in 2016? E Braunwald, Boston
08:35 Inflammatory heart disease: What we can and cannot treat C Tschöpe, Berlin
08:50 Treating coronary artery disease in heart failure: When is it too late? U Landmesser, Berlin
09:05 Structural valve disease in heart failure: Treating the cause or the symptom? H Ince, Berlin
09:20 What to expect from a regional Heart Failure Network B Pieske, Berlin
09:35 Panel discussion
10:00 Break
Part II: Be Quick or Be Dead – Short-term support in acute heart failure
Chairs: M Morshuis, Bad Oeynhausen; F Pappalardo, Milan 

10:30 Live-in-a-box Case I: Percutaneous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation insertion: How to do it A El-Banayosy, Oklahoma City
10:50 Extra corporeal life support in cardiogenic shock: A life saver! U Böcken, Dusseldorf
11:10 Partial support: Too much to die, too little to live? L Bruch, Berlin
11:30 Predictors for survival on extra corporeal life support
F Pappalardo, Milan
11:50 Is it time for an INTERMACS level I re-classification? P Leprince, Paris
12:10 Assessing organ recovery during extra corporeal life support: Timing is everything! F Hennig, Berlin
12:30 Panel Discussion
12:40 Lunch
Part III: Magic Mirror – Are we appropriately utilizing VAD therapy?
Chairs: E Braunwald, Boston; J Gummert, Bad Oeynhausen
13:30 Epidemiological considerations F Schönrath, Berlin
13:50 According to: The 2016 ESC Guidelines for Heart Failure C Schulze, Jena
14:10 According to: The 2013 AHA/ACCF/ACC Heart Failure Guidelines J Fang, Salt Lake City
14:30 According to: The 2013 ISHLT Guidelines for Mechanical Circulatory Support S Pamboukian, Birmingham, AL
14:50 Panel Discussion
15:00 Rising Force: EUROMACS report T DeBy, Berlin
15:15 Break
Part IV: If You (Don’t) Want Blood – Minimally invasive ventricular assist device surgery
Chairs: J Garbade, Leipzig; D Zimpfer, Vienna
15:45 Strategies for and benefits of non-sternotomy and off-pump approaches T Krabatsch, Berlin
16:00 Live-in-a-box Case II: VAD: Partial sternotomy J Schmitto, Hannover
16:15 Live-in-a-box Case III: VAD: Partial sternotomy I Netuka, Prague
16:30 Live-in-a-box Case IV: Bilateral thoracotomy E Potapov, Berlin
16:45 Panel Discussion
Part V: The Cure – Ventricular assist device weaning
Chairs: M Morshuis, Bad Oeynhausen; S Tsui, Cambridge
17:00 The optimal weaning protocol J Fang, Salt Lake City
17:15 Impact of pump settings M Slaughter, Louisville
17:30 The value of adjunctive stem cell therapy C Patel, North Carolina
17:45 State of the art and perspectives JE Rame, Philadelphia
18:00 Close
Part I: Sad but True – Right ventricular failure and left ventricular assist device
Chairs: T Krabatsch, Berlin; C Opitz, Berlin
08:00 Right and left ventricle: Enemy, friends or couple? A Redington, Toronto
08:15 A left ventricular assist device is always enough W Dembitsky, San Diego
08:30 Right ventricular support is sometimes needed G Gerosa, Padua
08:45 Prospective study to improve postoperative right ventricular function JE Rame, Philadelphia
09:00 Total artificial heart for all F Arabia, Los Angeles
09:15 Panel discussion
09:30 Break
Part II: The Song Remains the Same – How to reduce side effects of long-term left ventricular assist device therapy
Chairs: J Long, Oklahoma City; E Potapov, Berlin

10:00 Surgical site infection – prevention and treatment E Potapov, Berlin
10:15 The magic of, and lessons learned from, biofilm research A Moter, Berlin
10:30 Aortic valve insufficiency on left ventricular assist device: Transcatheter approach – Transcatheter aortic valve implantation/amplatzer or just surgery? A Cheung, Vancouver
10:45 Recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding: Treatment by medication, changing pump settings or pump exchange U Jorde, New York
11:00 Pump thrombosis: A device or protocol related problem? C Patel, North Carolina
11:15 State of the art in anticoagulation J Long, Oklahoma City
11:30 State of the art in postoperative medical management C Mahr, Seattle
11:45 Panel Discussion
12:00 Wise Man: From the past to the future – Honorary lecture E Braunwald, Massachusetts
12:30 The First EUMS Rising Stars Quiz
13:30 Lunch
Part III: Nothing Else Matters – The role of and need for ventricular assist device coordinators
Chairs: C Mahr, Seattle; S Tsui, Cambridge
14:30 The view from Seattle, Berlin, Bad Oeynhausen, Paris and Louisville

J Beckman, Seattle
F Kaufmann, Berlin
M Morshuis, Bad Oeynhausen
C Jouys, Paris
M Slaughter, Louisville

Panel Discussion

16:00 Break
Part IV: Long Way Home – Postoperative rehabilitation
Chairs: U Jorde, New York; M Morshuis, Bad Oeynhausen
16:30 Pro – rehabilitation after ventricular assist device E Langheim, Berlin
16:45 Contra – No need for an expensive hotel J Fang, Salt Lake City
17:00 You have a message: Telemonitoring (INR, PA pressure, pump data), outsourcing? J Long, Oklahoma City
17:15 Panel Discussion
18:00 Close
Part I: Kinderszenen – Old problems and new perspectives
Chairs: A Amodeo, Rome; O Miera, Berlin
 08:00 Ventricular assist device in small children O Miera, Berlin
08:15 Thromboembolic events in children on ventricular assist device: Analysis of EUROMACS Registry M Hübler, Zürich
08:30 Ventricular assist device in congenital heart disease A Amodeo, Rome
08:45 Biventricular assist device in congenital heart disease S Ovroutski, Berlin
09:00 Panel discussion
Part II: That is the Way – Unusual cases and creative solutions
Chairs: T Krabatsch, Berlin; I Netuka, Prague

09:15 A Cheung, Vancouver
A Fiane, Oslo
T Krabatsch, Berlin
P Leprince, Paris
M Morshuis, Bad Oeynhausen
S Tsui, Cambridge
10:15 Break
10:45 Part III: The Razor’s Edge – Update of current and prospective devices
Part IV: Street of Dreams – Innovations in the ventricular assist device field
Chairs: P Leprince, Paris; M Slaughter, Louisville
12:00 Platelets, Thrombosis and Artificial Surfaces F Ataullakhanov, Moscow
The ultimate physiologic control A Petrou, Zürich
Blood pumps without blood damage: How to achieve a dream? U Kertzscher, Berlin
The implanted cardiohemodynamics monitor I Sergeev, Moscow
Improving biocompatibility of ventricular assist device C Mahr, Seattle
Biomimetic membrane: What it takes to create a biocompatible deformable surface E Mazza, Zürich
13:30 Panel discussion
14:00 Close


3-5 November 2016 (3 day course)

Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin
Friedrichstraße 151,
10117 Berlin

J Gummert, Bad Oeynhausen, P Leprince, Paris and V Falk, Berlin

Course Fee
Members: €550 inclusive of VAT
Non-Members: €650 inclusive of VAT

Course fee includes lunches, refreshments and welcome reception on Thursday 3 November

Course Format
3 day interactive lectures, live-in-a-box cases, keynote presentations and an Honoured Guest lecture by E Braunwald, Boston

Target Audience
Cardiologists, heart failure cardiologists, emergency and ICU specialists (ECLS), cardiac surgeons, perfusionists, heart failure nurses and VAD coordinators, medical industry (cardiac device including ECMO development and production). Pediatric cardiologists and congenital heart disease surgeons

Learning Objectives

  • Organising of heart failure network
  • Use of ECLS systems in emergency situations and in the ICU
  • Learning of recommendations for ECLS and VAD use from major societies and from recently published guidelines
  • New surgical techniques for VAD implantation, as well as unusual solutions of complex surgical problems in VAD patients
  • How to avoid long-term complications during VAD treatment
  • Learn about the role and need for VAD coordinators
  • The role of postoperative rehabilitation
  • Latest developments and perspectives in the VAD field


  • Eugene Braunwald