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- Steven E. Nissen, MD, FACC, President, American College of Cardiology⁎
- ↵⁎Address correspondence to:
Dr. Steven E. Nissen, American College of Cardiology, c/o Shekinah Johnson, 2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
The essence of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) Annual Scientific Session has always been the content of the educational program. Although many participants have appreciated the opportunity to visit other attractions in the host city, for most attendees, the site of the meeting has been a secondary consideration. However, New Orleans, the location of the ACC’s 56th Annual Scientific Session and the second annual Innovation in Intervention: i2 Summit 2007, represents a very special and unique opportunity.
Last year, when the ACC reaffirmed its commitment to hold the 2007 meeting in New Orleans, we also committed to help rebuild a vital American city and renew its special heritage. This was not an easy decision in the setting of a community devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But, the Board of Trustees and ACC staff strongly felt that we should stand behind New Orleans in its efforts to return to its previous status as one of the great convention cities in the world.
I am pleased to report to you that the hotels, restaurants, and convention center have been fully restored. The city of New Orleans is ready to welcome us with all of its customary charm. The historic cores of the city—including the Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Central Business District, Warehouse and Arts District, Magazine Street, Garden District, Audubon Park and Zoo, and St. Charles Avenue—are thriving. More than enough hotel rooms are available, and the city’s famed restaurants and music clubs are now open. The unique cultural experience that only New Orleans can deliver has been fully restored.
The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been refurbished into a totally new, state-of-the-art facility that promises to be an excellent location for ACC.07 and the i2 Summit. The 2007 i2 Summit is now located in closer proximity to ACC.07, which addresses the concerns of last year’s attendees who often found the distance between the two meetings prohibitive. This year, the i2 Summit is essentially sandwiched between two sides of ACC.07. All the sessions will occur within the same building segment, making it easier for attendees and presenters to move between the two meetings.
The convention center also employs additional technology that will maximize and enhance information delivery in this new venue. Attendees will find audiovisual stands and television screens throughout the convention center that will carry important presentations and press conferences.
Affirming program excellence
Immersed in the celebration of the rebirth of New Orleans, the ACC.07 and 2007 i2 Summit programs are better than ever. ACC.07 promises to provide the most up-to-date scientific information from very diverse faculty using different and interactive forums. The array of clinical trials at the Late Breaking Sessions will include some of the most important new studies in many years. Perhaps one of them will be yours; submit your work for consideration by January 4, 2007.
The programming in 2007 emphasizes the need to place new science into clinical context via enhanced programming that includes more case presentations. In a large number of sessions, particularly the Meetings With Expertsand the Brown Bag Sessions, session chairs will select a Fellow-in-Training or junior person from their institutions to present a case that will lay the groundwork for the discussion. Imaging sessions will include case presentations, and Heart Failure and EP programs will include live and videotaped cases, similar to the 2006 i2 Summit.
The Vascular Hypertension and Prevention Spotlight will have an audience response system with results posted on Cardiosource. Cardiac Care Associate members will have special programming that includes live and simulated tests as well as live HeartSongs sessions.
The 2007 i2 Summit builds on the success of the 2006 inaugural event. Once again, the program will offer outstanding educational sessions, live cases from sites around the globe, late-breaking clinical trials, late-breaking emerging technologies, simulations, abstract presentations, and more.
Cardiovascular professionals interested in interventional cardiology will find the latest science and clinical applications covering coronary, peripheral, and valvular interventions. Other special features will include:
• live satellite broadcasts of select sessions to international locations,
• late-breaking new technologies and innovations abstract category and sessions,
• eight hospital sites for live case transmissions, including locations in Germany and Japan,
• fellows Bootcamp @ i2 2007 program,
• “Simulation rooms” in the exhibit hall for hands-on training opportunities.
Controversies such as those surrounding the use of drug-eluting stents, along with the ever-changing, fast-moving science of imaging and other technologies in cardiovascular medicine, dictate the need for dialogue and exchange of information among attendees.
I want to encourage you to attend the 56th Annual Scientific Session, not only to participate in the year’s most comprehensive educational and scientific forum, but also to help us rebuild the city of New Orleans. We all need to be there to share experiences and perspectives, to listen, to speak, and to learn.
I look forward to seeing all of you in New Orleans, March 24 to 27, 2007, and to sharing with you the experience of an outstanding educational and professional program in a vibrant, revitalized city. Go to http://www.acc.orgto register today.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation