The forthcoming European Bifurcation Club (EBC)meeting will take place in LISBON, Portugal on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October 2011.
The club’s main activity in its first year after the EBC meeting in Bordeaux (September 2005) focused on building up the meeting’s concept, producing its DVD, which was then distributed to all attendees, along with producing a consensus article for the Special Issue of the PCR Euro Intervention.
In its second year, the EBC conducted its meeting in Rome (September 2006); it produced a DVD and carried out short technical meeting on QCA during PCR 2006, which led to a consensus proposal in Rome by Alexandra Lansky (Paper submitted to CCI).
A consensus article has been published too in the EuroIntervention journal after the EBC meeting in Rome. An article was published in the CCI also early 2008 defining a new common language, result of a collective work.
The 3rd meeting in Valencia, Spain saw some evident changes: The creation of workshops dedicated to essential anatomy and the function of the coronary vessels, the flow in bifurcations, new imaging techniques, thrombotic risk and also the creation of Industry workshops prepared by the Sponsors themselves as well as one investigators meeting.
We had a 4th and 5th meeting in Prague and then Berlin, where the discussions in the wide field of bifurcation continued to be very active (not only for technical approach but also for the comprehension of anatomy, physiology and rheology of this complex lesion). The consensus paper will be published in the may issue of Eurointervention.
We think that the club’s activity has motivated the realization of studies of a new generation, not limited to the comparison of simple techniques or complex in more or less defined groups but stricter which enable new ideas to develop and which will be the base of the EBC 2011 in Lisbon.
We will have an update on the latest technical improvements that seem to contribute agreeable results with various strategies. We will also review comparisons of techniques well described in similar populations now increasingly reported or published.
The treatment of the Distal Left Main trunk will benefit this year from the contribution of several important studies.
We hope we will be able to present the first study realized with a Company grant under the auspices of the EBC. In the field of dedicated devices, we will only introduce new materials or/and new data. There will be time and space allocated to Sponsors to present their material.
Please contact Alexandra: Alexandra@medi8events.com
The final program of the Lisbon meeting is not finalized and we are open to suggestions from both doctors and industry.
The very strong bonds forged during our six EBC meetings to date were mainly due to its informal aspect, which we still value and encourage. The invited delegates will also enjoy the chance to network at our final gala dinner.
Continuing to explore nice and historical cities in Europe, we have chosen the destination of Lisbon and we will handpick approximately 150 Key Opinion Leaders in the Interventional Cardiology field. We significantly need your support to ensure we are able to build a successful meeting.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many thanks for all your help and support and we are looking forward to hearing from you.
The EBC Committee:
R. Albiero, A. Chiefo, O. Darremont, M. Ferenc, D. Hildick-Smith,
J. Lassen, T. Lefèvre, Y. Louvard, M. Pan and G. Stankovic