Chair's Welcome Message (Scientific Sessions)

Updated:Aug 25,2015

Scientific Sessions 2016

Frank Sellke, MD, FAHA
Frank Sellke, MD, FAHA
Chairman, Committee on
Scientific Sessions Program
Dear Colleagues:
It is my pleasure to invite you to attend Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando. The American Heart Association’s annual meeting offers a unique opportunity to gather and network with colleagues from around the world in an educational and professional environment.

This event features five days of the best in science and cardiovascular clinical practice covering all aspects of basic, clinical, population and translational content. The scope and quality of the scientific exchange make Scientific Sessions the premier cardiovascular research and instructional meeting in the world.

Exciting changes have been made to Scientific Sessions’ structure, and new topics have been added to increase the educational offerings available to attendees. Educational sessions this year are organized in 30 areas of interest (tracks) structured to help you find your community within the event. New areas of interest include Workplace Health, Health Tech, Frontiers in Science and Clinical Trialists.
Basic Science
  • Atherosclerosis, Vascular Biology and Development
  • Cardiac Development, Structure and Function
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Metabolism and Physiology
  • Cellular Biology and Function
  • Signaling Mechanisms and Drug Discovery
  • Thrombosis, Immunity and Inflammation
Clinical Science
  • Chronic and Acute Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
  • Intervention and Surgery
  • Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies
  • Hypertension
  • Imaging
  • Vascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Nursing Clinical Symposium
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Obesity and Cardiometabolic Health
  • Lifestyle Risk Factors and Behavior Change
  • Quality of Care and Outcomes
  • Epidemiology
  • Population Health Cohorts/Big Data
  • Workplace Health
  • Health Tech
Special Focus
  • Nursing Research Science
  • Clinical Trialists
  • Lifelong CHD and Heart Health in the Young
  • Resuscitation Science Symposium
Frontiers in Science
  • Arrhythmia Research Summit
  • Vascular Disease
Also new this year are the Simulation Zone, featuring hands-on activities at the 3D Body Interact and Mechanical Circulatory Support Simulation, and the Genomics Boot Camp, offering non-scientists and practitioners the opportunity to learn about genomics through case-based, active-learning activities.

We will continue with the very well-received “Case Theaters: Learning at the Movies”, which offer 45-minute live presentations of recorded cases, accompanied by panel discussion.  Other highlights include an increased number of joint sessions with professional societies from around the world, additional MOC sessions, Professor Rounds of posters, a poster reception highlighting some of the best basic science research, as well as many more.

Scientific Sessions continues to evolve and improve with the input from our attendees making an already great meeting even more spectacular. We thank you for your input in the past, and we hope you have the opportunity to experience the enhancements to our meeting. Most importantly, we hope the meeting addresses the greater mission of the American Heart Association, to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.

Sincerely yours,

Frank Sellke, MD, FAHA
Chairman, Committee on Scientific Sessions Program