13th World Congress on Heart Disease - World's Top Cardiologists and Scientists in Vancouver, July 28-31, 2007

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A major global scientific event takes place this week as almost one thousand preeminent cardiologists and scientists representing over fifty-six countries arrive for the 13th World Congress on Heart Disease in Vancouver. Over 650 scientific presentations selected from nearly twice as many prestigious entries will be featured. Dr. Michael Cain, Dean of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University at Buffalo and a 32-year veteran electrophysiologist will deliver keynote lecture at the Opening Ceremonies and Awards presentation.

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Special emphasis will be given to surgical intervention in heart failure, including the current status of new procedures, assist devices and the role, timing and selection process of heart transplantation

Dr. Asher Kimchi, Founder and Chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology today announced the selection of Dr. Michael Cain Dean of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University at Buffalo and a 32-year veteran electrophysiologist to deliver the Second H.J.C. Swan Memorial Lecture at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th World Congress on Heart Disease, the International Academy of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Sessions 2007 to be held in Vancouver, B.C., from Saturday, July 28 through Tuesday July 31, 2007.

As cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, claiming over 2.4 million lives each year; Dr. Cain has chosen to present and discuss "How best to identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac death."    

Dr. Cain has had continuous funding for his work in electrophysiological and structural determinants of ventricular arrhythmias with the aim of improving nonpharmacological ablation procedures as well as ECG analysis since 1993. He has been practicing medicine for over 32 years and is known throughout the world for his visionary approach to the training of some of this country's leading physicians.

On Sunday, July 29, Event Organizer, Dr. Asher Kimchi, will officially open the Congress, greeting nearly 1000 attendees from 56 countries throughout the world. The Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentations will be Chaired by:

Dr. Jeffrey S. Borer, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Chief, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Division, The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, USA; Chairman of the Scientific Executive Committee and Chairman of the Section of Valvular Heart Disease for The International Academy of Cardiology.

The following Members of the International Academy of Cardiology (IAC) will also take part in the Awards Ceremony:

Dr. Naranjan S. Dhalla, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Bonaface Hospital Research Center, Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, Member of the Scientific Executive Committee and Chairman of the Section of Cellular Biology of the IAC;

Dr. John A. Elefteriades, Professor of Surgery, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticutt, USA; Member of the Scientific Executive Committee and Chairman of the Section of Cardiovascular Surgery;

Dr. Uri Elkayam, Professor of Medicine, Director, Heart Failure Program, Los Angeles Country and USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA; Member of the Scientific Executive Committee and Chairman of the Section of Heart Failure.

The International Academy of Cardiology has established five awards to honor the memory of distinguished colleagues who made a major contribution to Medicine and Cardiology and who were members of the faculty for previous International Academy of Cardiology meetings. As in previous years, a very prestigious Awards Committee selected the recipients. The following awards for 2007 will be presented at the opening ceremony of the Congress:

  •     The WALTER BLEIFELD MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Clinical Research
  •     The ALBRECHT FLECKENSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Basic Research
  •     The JAN J. KELLERMANN MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  •     The HANS-PETER KRAYENBUEHL MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Research in Cardiac Function
  •     The MELVIN L. MARCUS MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished contribution as a Gifted Teacher
  •     The DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP AWARD, newly established by the International Academy of Cardiology to honor colleagues who have made profound contributions to Cardiovascular Medicine and provided important service to the Academy, will be presented to three Faculty of the 13th World Congress on Heart Disease

The International Academy of Cardiology is dedicated to the advancement of global research in cardiovascular medicine through the support of scientific meetings and publications. The World Congress is attended by physicians and scientists worldwide, and provides a forum for innovative and comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in cardiovascular medicine, primarily in the areas of molecular biology, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac surgery.

Many distinguished cardiologists and scientists have joined the faculty and will take part in this Congress. Papers will be presented in the form of plenary sessions, symposia and posters and will include superb scientific material that was carefully selected by the Scientific Abstract Review committee from almost 1000 abstracts submitted for presentation at the meeting. These 650 studies, originating from laboratories in 56 countries, assure that the meeting will be a major scientific event.

The Chairman of the 13th World Congress on Heart Disease, Dr. Asher Kimchi, is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel and is an attending cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Clinical Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles; Dr. Kimchi who is an Internationally renowned Cardiologist is the Founder and Chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology and an immediate Past-President of the American Heart Association, Los Angeles County.

According to Dr. Kimchi, "Program areas will range from clinical pathophysiology, evaluation and stratification techniques and molecular and cellular biology, including neurohumoral, immunological and genetic determinants of heart disease. The presentations at the congress will discuss cardiac repair and regeneration and up-to-date research on stem cells and cardiovascular diseases," he continued. "New and innovative diagnostic methods, including presentations on multislice CT coronary angiogram, Cardiac MRI, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography will be discussed in this meeting."

Dr. Kimchi also stated that "Major emphasis will be put on prevention and treatment of heart diseases, and prognostic algorithms. Integrated into the program will be a full discussion on heart failure, cardiomyopathies, valvular and congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and arrhythmias."

"Special emphasis will be given to surgical intervention in heart failure, including the current status of new procedures, assist devices and the role, timing and selection process of heart transplantation," he concluded.

Further information will be forthcoming in the next few days as newsworthy events at the Congress unfold.

The 13th World Congress on Heart Disease is presented by the International Academy of Cardiology and will be held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from July 28-31, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency, 1 Discovery Square, 655 Burrard Street.

For further information, please visit http://www.cardiologyonline.com or email Cirina Catania.

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