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Assisted Circulation (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advancements in Ventricular Assist Device Technology: Paving the Way for Development of Next-Generation Devices and Improving Clinical Outcomes


June 24-25, 2017


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT Site Information


William Cornwell & Bente Kristina Thamsen

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Assisted Circulation provides a unique forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as junior level clinicians and clinician-scientists (less than 5 years from highest level of training/education), and any other scientists with comparable levels of training, to present and exchange data, form collaborations on new research ideas and ultimately advance the science of current- and future-generation mechanical circulatory support technologies, and develop novel methods to improve clinical outcomes.

The focus of the meeting is to present the latest research in engineering of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and clinical care of patients with advanced heart failure who require mechanical circulatory support. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: advancements in device design, biomaterials, controller algorithms, cannula modifications, sensor technology, device miniaturization, driveline elimination, remote monitoring, physiology of pulsatile and nonpulsatile flow, innovative surgical approach/techniques, as well as patient risk stratification and methods to reduce the rates of known LVAD complications such as infection, stroke, RV failure, hemolysis/thrombosis and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Assisted Circulation" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 24, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
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