2017 SCMR Scientific Sessions Highlights
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The meeting began with the SCMR/ISMRM Workshop led by Co-Chairs Sonia Nielles-Vallespin and Krishna Nayak. The one-and-a-half day workshop provided an in-depth look at the structure and physiology of the heart and provided a platform to discuss how CMR may best be used to assess pathological changes. Over 250 people attended the workshop.
On Thursday morning, the meeting officially started with four Preconference Courses (Engineer's, Interventional, Congenital, and Physician's) followed by the Opening Plenary session. Moderated by then President, Jeanette Shulz-Menger and Program Chair, Daniel Messroghli, the session explored lessons learned from 20 years of SCMR (Joao Lima), CMR state-of-the-art in 2017 (Eike Nagel), whats next in CMR (Robert Balaban), and the Heart Failure Epidemic (John Cleland). Several concurrent sessions filled the afternoon covering Standardized Protocols, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, as well as Day one's case review, walking posters, and oral abstract sessions. Thursday wrapped up with the Welcome and Poster Reception held with the exhibitors.

Day two began with additional concurrent sessions and the start of the two day Technologist track. What followed was an exciting general session that combined the Membership Assembly and an Interventional CMR Live Case. Attendees were captivated by a live catheterization being broadcast from an Interventional Cardiac MRI Suite at the Children's National Medical Center while a panel of experts interacted with operators onsite. Jeanette Shulz-Menger then provided a positive update on the state of the Society highlighting the growing membership, expanding educational opportunities, and new JCMR editor Warren Manning. Following another round of concurrent sessions, a lunch symposium as speakers Alexander Radbruch, Tim Leiner and Kenneth Maravilla present on Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents. This activity was supported by an educational grant from Guerbet. Another new session, the CMR Analysis Software Face-off occurred in the evening as attendees enjoyed watching three software companies (Circle CVI, Medis Medical Imaging Systems, and NeoSoft/NeoCoil) debate 2 CMR cases. The night ended in historic fashion with the 20th Anniversary Celebration. Attendees were treated to refreshments while listening to some light jazz provided by SCMR's own Mike Guttman and his band of musicians. The session began with a scientific overview looking at trends over the 20 year span of the SCMR meeting, presented by the SCMR Science Committee Chairs Michael Markl and Daniel Lee. Then the history of SCMR was discussed by the Society's past presidents, each acknowledging the growth and the importance SCMR has made to the field and the careers of so many individuals. The long day ended with a look into the future presented by Jeanette Shulz-Menger and some additional jazz playing into the night.

The final day of the meeting began with 2 outreach sessions on Heart Failure with many notable speakers including a joint session with the Heart Failure Society of America. The morning also featured another new addition to the meeting, the Power Pitch sessions held in the exhibit hall. Selected authors presented their abstracts in 3-minute talks highlighting the their findings. After a full afternoon of concurrent sessions, the closing plenary was another meeting highlight. The infamous SCMR/EuroCMR World Cup, moderated by Mark Westwood and Patricia Bandettini pitted Team Europe (Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Tim Leiner, Francesca Pluchinotta) versus Team USA (Christopher Kramer, Adam Dorfman, Tony Fuisz). The teams presented difficult cases and amusingly traded banter as the audience interacted to help their team. In the end, Team USA pulled out the win on a last minute trivia question correctly identifying the order of the first 5 SCMR meetings. The 20th Scientific Sessions ended with a celebration of accomplishments during the Awards Ceremony. Dudley Pennell was honored having served as the JCMR editor over the past 8 years and Nate Reicheck was awarded the Gold Medal Award. View the full list of award recipients here. Jeanette Schulz-Menger officially passed the baton to incoming President Matthias Friedrich. Matthias inspired the audience with his goals for the year and wished everyone well until next years meeting, CMR 2018 - A Joint EuroCMR/SCMR Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

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