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The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary, professional organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease through transplantation, mechanical support and innovative therapies via research, education and advocacy.
The purposes of the Society are:
Promoting the association of persons interested in the fields of heart and lung transplantation, end-stage heart and lung disease and related sciences;
- Encouraging and stimulating basic and clinical research in heart and lung transplantation and end-stage heart and lung disease, and promoting new therapeutic strategies;
- Holding scientific meetings featuring presentations and discussions relevant to heart and lung transplantation and the treatment of end-stage heart and lung disease;
- Sponsoring a scientific journal for the publication of manuscripts related to these disciplines;
- Maintaining an international registry for heart and lung transplantation;
- Awarding research grants and establishing endowments for the study of heart and lung transplantation and end-stage heart and lung disease, when funds are available and without jeopardizing the financial well-being of the organization; and
- Sponsoring and conducting educational activities and providing educational resources, which promote expert development and improve standards of care in advance heart and lung disease, heart and lung transplantation, and relevant medical and device therapies.
Society Origins and Description
ISHLT was created in 1981 at a small gathering of about 15 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Today we have over 3000 members from over 45 countries, representing over 15 different professional disciplines involved in the management and treatment of end-stage heart and lung disease. This multinational, multidisciplinary mix is one of the biggest strengths of the Society. It brings greater breadth and depth to our educational offerings and provides an exceptional environment for networking and exchanging information on an informal basis.
Our members include anesthesiologists, basic scientists, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, ethicists, immunologists, nurses, pathologists, perfusionists, pharmacists, pulmonologists, tissue engineers, transplant coordinators, and infectious disease specialists. Despite their differing specializations, all ISHLT members share a common dedication to the advancement of the science and treatment of end-stage heart and lung disease.
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European Respiratory Society (ERS)
Our community of respiratory professionals is growing each year. Becoming a member of ERS means you can join this expanding network and boost your career by sharing knowledge across borders and professional disciplines.
We organise a range of scientific and educational events including the ERS International Congress, the largest conference in the respiratory field. Other events include courses, research seminars, the Lung Science Conference and, Sleep and Breathing conference.
We produce a range of publications to promote knowledge and research in respiratory health, including our flagship publication, the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ), which aims to publish the highest quality scientific and clinical material from the field.
We are committed to driving standards in respiratory health through education and professional development opportunities. We offer a range of activities from e-learning, interactive teaching and activities to harmonise education standards, alongside funding opportunities for fellowships, awards and grants.
We are committed to promoting the best science in respiratory medicine through financial support to professionals looking to produce consensus statements and guidelines, and in-depth research seminars putting a spotlight on specific issues in the field.
We work to raise awareness of lung disease amongst the public and politicians. The ERS EU Affairs department works closely with the EU Institutions, global organisations such as the Global NCD Alliance, the Framework Convention Alliance and WHO to support science-based policy development in the respiratory field.
ELF was founded by ERS with the aim of bringing together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health. ELF communicates the work of ERS to those outside the respiratory field and gives patients and the general public the opportunity to influence respiratory research and guidelines.
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European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
We are a not-for-profit medical society led by expert volunteers. We unite Member National Cardiac Societies, cardiovascular ESC sub-specialty communities, Affiliated Cardiac Societies, distinguished Fellows of the ESC and individual members from around the world. This network allows us to reach out to the global cardiology community and keep our finger on the pulse of cardiology. Diversity is our strength.
The ESC disseminates evidence-based scientific knowledge to cardiovascular professionals so they can better care for their patients.
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American Heart Association (AHA)
The American Heart Association is North America’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.
What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
Visit the AHA website HERE