Dear Colleagues and Guests,
As the congress chairman of the International Society for rotary blood pumps (ISRBP), it is my great pleasure to welcome you all in Istanbul where the 20th Congress of the International Society for rotary blood pumps will be held between September 20-22, 2012.
Excellent outcomes in the advanced heart failure patients have been achieved with the aid of rotary blood pumps as a result of multidisciplinary studies of exclusive members of ISRBP as clinicians, engineers and researchers in the last decade. Currently, the application of rotary blood pumps is a proven therapeutic method in the treatment of the patients with severe end-stage heart failure, providing the potential for effective hemodynamic support and improved quality of life, both as a destination therapy and as a bridge while awaiting for heart transplantation.
The 20th meeting of ISRBP congress will be carried out as an exciting scientific meeting in Istanbul, where the latest results of recent multidisciplinary studies will be discussed extensively. For this purpose, the leading members of the industry have also been embedded into the scientific program prepared by the most competent authors of the subject.
Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world located on two continents, bridging between Europe and Asia. During its long history since 4th century B.C, Istanbul has served as the capital of Roman, Eastern Roman (Byzantine), Latin and Ottoman empires. The historic areas of the city were added to the Unesco World Heritage List, and Istanbul was chosen as a joint European capital of culture for 2010.
Istanbul has been welcoming and hosting different cultures and traditions on harmony for ages. The Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palace and Turkish Baths make Istanbul a marvelous open air museum. Istanbul functioning as a bridge between Europe and Asia, welcoming and serving to world-renowned experts, scientists, decision makers, high-tech companies, start-up companies and students from all over the world was chosen to be the venue for ISRBP 2012.
Supporting the patients in the advanced heart failure who are even mortally ill, with rotary blood pumps is the only hope to provide a “bridge to survival” : a bridge to transplantation, destination and recovery for prolonging and improving quality of life. We wish Istanbul to bridge a new platform for discussion of the state of art of these cutting-edge of these devices.
We look forward to welcoming you in Istanbul in September 2012.
Prof. Suha D. KUCUKAKSU, MD
Mechanical Professionals, Engineers, Interdisciplinary Scientists and Biomedical Industry,
Cardiovascular Surgeons, Heart Transplant and VAD Surgeons, Heart Failure Cardiologists, Nurses,
Intensivists, Transplant & VAD Coordinators, Psychologists, Perfusionists, Social Workers
Biomedical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electric & Electronics Engineers, Chemical & Biological
Engineers, Researchers, Industrial Designers