Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Echo Enthusiasts,
First of all, on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography (AAE), I like to invite you to attend our first independent scientific meeting to be held in Jeju Island from May 24th to 27th, 2018. The meeting will combine the basic echocardiography training curriculum and the state-of-the arts lectures/scientific sessions provided by international as well as Asian-Pacific experts.
During the American Society of Echocardiography meeting in Baltimore, we had a meeting at a nice restaurant, Roy’s, to discuss the next scientific meeting to be held in Jeju Island. Twenty members from 9 Echo societies (Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines) joined the meeting and showed their strong support. We shared our tentative meeting location (Haevichi Hotel and Resort) and dates (May 24-27, 2018). Each Society was encouraged to submit a proposal for a session, then the local organizing committee chaired by Dr. Hae Ok Jung will incorporate all proposals into the final program.
On July 18, 2017, we had our 3rd Scientific Committee meeting for planning the next meeting in Jeju Island. The main themes of the meeting will be Hemodynamics, Structural Heart Diseases, and Heart Failure. We will try to finish each day not too late so that the attendee can enjoy the beautiful Jeju Island. It will be critical for us to partner with the Industry to move forward with our scientific mission to facilitate optimal use of and collaborative research in Echocardiography.
From July 12th to 15th this year, I attended the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) meeting in Singapore and had a wonderful time scientifically and socially. The meeting was very well organized under the leadership of Professor Jack Wei Chieh Tan and was attended by close to 2,000 physicians and allied health personnel from 54 countries. For the imaging enthusiasts, there were strain and 3-D workshops run by our Australian colleagues, Dr. Thomas Marwick and Dr. Greg Scalia. There was also cardiac CT pre-Congress symposium which was also very well attended. Most scientific sessions and all luncheon symposia were full. Our Association had 2 joint sessions with APSC: One for strain imaging and second one for aortic stenosis. Drs. Satoshi Nakatani (Japan), Thomas Marwick (Australia), Hae Ok Jung (Korea) and I represented the AAE in those sessions. We also participated in other scientific sessions and had productive discussions and scientific exchanges not only from the Asian-Pacific regions, but also from US, Europe, South America, and Africa.
I was also invited to the APSC Board meeting as an observer and impressed by the zeal of all delegates for their shared academic mission to facilitate research and education in cardiovascular diseases in the Asian-pacific region. Japan and Thailand pitched for their proposal with impressive video presentations to become the host nation for the APSC meeting in 2020 and 2021 after Taiwan and Philippines in 2018 and 2019. We pledged our effort to collaborate with APSC for future meetings and to share our web-sites. At the meeting, we also introduced our next meeting in Jeju Island. Website for your registration and submission of abstracts will be open in early September, 2018.
Looking forward to seeing you in the Jeju Island.
Jae K. Oh, MD
President, Asian – Pacific Association of Echocardiography