Chair's Welcome Message (Scientific Sessions)

Updated:Feb 26,2014
Scientific Sessions 2015 - November 7-11, 2015

Bob Harrington
Robert Harrington, M.D., FAHA
Chair, Committee on
Scientific Sessions Program
Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago, IL. The American Heart Association’s annual meeting offers a unique opportunity to gather and network with colleagues from around the world in an exciting educational and professional environment. The scope and quality of the scientific exchange make Scientific Sessions the premier cardiovascular research and instructional meeting in the world.  

Programming this year will continue to center on seven multidisciplinary cardiovascular core science areas. Each of the following areas of cardiovascular science covers the four broad areas of basic, translational, clinical and population science:
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Epidemiology and Prevention of CV Disease: Physiology, Pharmacology and Lifestyle
  • Genetics, Genomics and Congenital CV Disorders
  • Heart Rhythm Disorders and Resuscitation Science
  • Myocardium: Function and Failure
  • Catheter-Based and Surgical Interventions
  • Vascular Disease: Biology and Clinical Science
To further facilitate the efficient navigation of the meeting, Scientific Sessions now offers 26 program tracks that allow you to focus your education in your specialty or expand your knowledge in other areas:
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
  • Cardiac Structure and Function
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
  • Cardiovascular Stem Cell Biology and Development
  • Congenital Heart Defects, Children and Health Throughout the Lifespan
  • Diabetes, Lipids and Cardiometabolic Syndrome
  • Early Career/Professional Development
  • Electrophysiology
  • General Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Global Congress on Big Data
  • Heart Failure
  • Hypertension and Kidney Disease
  • Imaging
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Myocyte Signaling and Ion Channels
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Pharmacology
  • Prevention, Behavior Change and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Pulmonary & Systemic Vascular Biology and Disease
  • Quality of Care Outcomes and Epidemiology
  • Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Surgery
  • Systems Biology/Physiology including Omics
This year, our Global Congress will be on “Big Data in Cardiovascular Science and Care” and will run concurrently with Scientific Sessions. The intent is to offer a global perspective on big data science for understanding basic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. In addition, the track will offer opportunities to improve clinical research as well as advance cardiovascular care and health.

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 this year include an increased number of joint scientific sessions with professional societies from around the world, 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 an even more spectacular educational and networking event.

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 global burden of cardiovascular disease.