Dear Colleagues and Friends,
With great pleasure, we announce the 2nd ACHD Academy Update LIVE in Ljubljana, Slovenia, an International Congress on Adult Congenital Heart Disease taking place on 29th-30th September 2023.
We aim to bring you the best scientific experience, the most recent research, and treatment updates. Most of all, we hope to bring you unique social and networking opportunities to reunite with your fellow colleagues and friends.
Join us in Ljubljana.
We know that the ACHD Academy Update will meet your expectations and more. You will enjoy your visit and stay in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
Looking forward to SEEING YOU ALL in Ljubljana in September 2023.
ACHD Academy Update
Friday, 29 September 2023
9.00-9.15 Welcome Greeting
Margarita Brida, Katja Prokselj
9.15-11.00 In the Spotlight: Update Session 1 – The Rise of Catheter Intervention in ACHD
Chairs: Michael Rigby, UK, Aleksander Kempny, UK
9.15-9.40 Sinus Venosus ASD Repair: What have we learned, who, when, and how? (25’)
Massimo Chessa, Italy
9.40-10.05 Percutaneous pulmonary valve in the native RVOT: Who, when, how? (25’)
Andreas Eicken, Germany
10.05-10.30 TAVI in ACHD/bicuspid aortic valve & clipping in systemic right ventricle tricuspid valve: Nonsense or reality? (25’)
10.30-10.55 The rise of catheter intervention in ACHD: The view from the Royal Brompton Hospital (25’)
Aleksander Kempny, UK
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.00 In the Spotlight: Update Session 2 – Must know ACHD papers ‘Cherry picked’ the most important papers by editors’ choice
Chairs: Filippo Crea, Italy, Pastora Gallego, Spain
11.30-12.00 International Journal of Cardiology Congenital Heart Disease ACHD papers in the recent years (30’)
Michael A Gatzoulis, UK, Editor-in-chief IJC CHD
12.00-12.30 European Heart Journal ACHD papers in the recent years (30’)
Filippo Crea, Italy, Editor-in-chief EHJ
12.30-13.00 ‘Cherry picked’ the most important ACHD papers worldwide in the recent years (30’)
Gerhard P Diller, Germany, Associate Editor Heart
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.20 In the Spotlight: Update Session 3 – Pros and Cons
Chairs: Michael A Gatzoulis, UK, Zeljko Djuric, Croatia, Berardo Sarubbi, Italy
14.00-14.40 Prevention of acquired CV disease in ACHD, too little too late? (40’)
Jolien Roos-Hesselink, The Netherlands (15’+5’)
Werner Budts, Belgium (15’+5’)
14.40-15.20 Addressing native RVOT in repaired Tetralogy of Fallot: surgery versus intervention (40’)
Andreas Hoschtitzky, UK Surgery (15’+5’)
Ee Ling Heng, UK Interventions (15’+5’)
15.20-15.50 Coffee break
15.50-16.50 In the Spotlight: Update Session 4 – Pulmonary hypertension in ACHD
Chairs: Gerhard P Diller, Germany, Margarita Brida, Croatia
15.50-16.20 Novelties in ACHD ESC Guidelines for Pulmonary Hypertension by Task Force member (30’)
George Giannakoulas, Greece
16.20-16.50 Lessons learned on how to treat (and repair?) challenging shunts (30’)
Michaele D’Alto, Italy
17.00 Wrap-up Day 1
19.00 Optional Get-to-Gether Dinner
Saturday, 30 September 2023
9.00-10.40 Wake-up Update Session 5: Complex ACHD simplified
Chairs: Michael A Gatzoulis, UK, Jolien Roos-Hesselink, the Netherlands, Andreas Hoschtitzky, UK
9.00-9.20 Adults with Fontan circulation: optimal long-term management (20’)
Vibeke Hjortdal, Denmark
9.20-9.40 Adults with TGA after arterial switch operation: optimal long-term management (20’)
Pastora Gallego, Spain
9.40-10.00 Adults with systemic right ventricle: optimal long-term management (20’)
Katja Prokselj, Slovenia
10.00-10.20 Adults with Ebstein anomaly: optimal long-term management (20’)
Tim Roberts, Australia
10.20-10.40 His bundle pacing in ACHD: looking for the G-spot (20’)
Berardo Sarubbi, Italy
10.40-11.10 Coffee break
11.10-11.40 Keynote lecture: The Long and Winding Road – Climbing Olympus to ACHD
Michael Rigby, UK
Chairs: Margarita Brida, Croatia, Massimo Chessa, Italy
11.40-12.00 Update Session 6: ACHD in Central and South-Eastern Europe
Margarita Brida, Croatia
12.00-13.00 Update Session 7: Slovenian Cardiac Society – Heart failure in ACHD
Chairs: Vrtovec Bojan, Jure Dolenc, Katja Prokselj, Slovenia
12.00-12.15 Drugs in ACHD Heart failure (15’)
Nejc Pavsic, Slovenia
12.15-12.30 Cardiac Assist Devices and transplantation in ACHD (15’)
Vrtovec Bojan, Slovenia
12.30-12.45 The potential of exercise and cardiac rehabilitation in ACHD (15’)
Borut Jug, Slovenia
12.45-13.00 Obesity and diabetes: an emerging problem in ACHD (15’)
Andrej Janež, Slovenia
13.00-13.30 Session 8: Top 5 Abstract Presentation & Awards
Chairs: Vibeke Hjortdal, Denmark, Werner Budts, Belgium
13.30 Meeting Closure
Registration is opened.
(until 1st July 2023)
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Abstract submission is opened.
Having your abstract submitted gives you the chance to increase your visibility and interact with your peers and experts. The first 5 abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Cardiology Congenital Heart Disease, Official Journal of the International Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
1st prize wins free registration to the next Euro-ACHD 2024 Congress
2nd prize wins free registration to ACHD Academy ECHO Course 2024 (https://achdecho.com)
3rd prize wins book Diagnosis and Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Abstracts submission open:
15th October 2022
Deadline for submission of abstracts:
1st June 2023
Notification of acceptance of abstracts:
1st July 2023
Presenting author registration and payment deadline:
15th August 2023
Uploading of posters (PDF):
1st September 2023
ACHD Academy Update congress:
29th-30th September 2023
The abstract must follow the following structure:
Material and methods
Figures: send tables, pictures, and graphics by www.wetransfer.com or a similar service, and paste the link in provided field in the submission form. You can only enter one figure.
Evaluation and acceptance
The final selection will be made by the Scientific and Organising Committee, which will determine the format and schedule of the presentation for each abstract. No rescheduling or changes will be possible.
All abstract submitters will be notified by e-mail, around the 1st of July 2023, about the outcome (accepted or not accepted) of the review and selection process. Please ensure that the email provided is accurate, as all correspondences will be sent via email. If the abstract is accepted, further instructions will be provided at the time of the results announcement.
Abstracts must be original and must not have been published or presented at any other meeting prior to the ACHD Academy Update 2023. Abstracts of unfinished researches will not be evaluated. Abstracts stating ‘data will be discussed in the presentation’ will not be accepted. Clinical case submissions are accepted. The abstract body must not include any indication of the personal details of authors. Avoid also reference to institutions, locations or funding sources.
Abstracts must be submitted using exclusively the on-line abstract submission form you will find in this website. Abstracts submitted by email or fax will not be accepted. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.
The Presenting author must be the Contact author in the submission form and he/she must be listed first in the list of authors. There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author/individual may submit, but the same research cannot be submitted twice, even with a different title. The Presenting author must register for the meeting before 1st August 2023 to ensure the abstract is included in the program and scheduled for presentation.
Accepted abstracts will be presented in Poster room ( PDF ) in the meeting venue and on the Poster Gallery in the virtual meeting platform. In addition, a selection of the best posters will be also presented orally. More information will be included in the Abstract acceptance letter.
Abstracts must not exceed 300 words and must be submitted in English. Please do not leave blank lines to separate paragraphs. Special characters and symbols are accepted in the abstract except in the title. We suggest to type the text in a Word processing programme in a common font, and copy-paste it into the corresponding field. Bold, italic and underlined texts are not accepted.
Michael A Gatzoulis
Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition, and congressional centre as well as the transport, science, and education centre of Slovenia.
A people-friendly city
As its inhabitants and numerous visitors will tell you, Ljubljana is, indeed, a people-friendly city. Categorized as a medium-sized European city, it offers everything a metropolis does yet preserves its small-town friendliness.
Its geographical position in the centre of Europe has determined Ljubljana as a natural meeting place for merchants and soldiers as well as – and more than once – peacemakers. The victors of the Napoleonic wars selected this peaceful city as the site of the Holy Alliance congress, which in 1821 sealed the European political geography for years to come.
The old meets the new
In Ljubljana, the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement’s five millennia preparing it to become the nation’s capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau periods characterized in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre. Here eastern and western cultures met, and the Italian concept of art combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals.
The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, modern Ljubljana was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, a great European architect and a local of Ljubljana. The cityscape was complemented by his modernist followers as well as by creations of the “New Wave” of acknowledged young architects. All the different facets of Ljubljana blend harmoniously into a single image.
A city of culture
Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theatres, museums, and galleries and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. The first music society in Slovenia, the Academia philharmonicorum, was founded in 1701. It was a vehicle for baroque music and also facilitated the development of musical production in this region. Its honorary members included such renowned composers as Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms, and distinguished musicians such as the violinist Nicolo Paganini. Between 1881 and 1882, at the very start of his career, Gustav Mahler was its resident conductor.
For the people of Ljubljana, culture is a way of living and thinking and is very much a part of everyday life. Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are 10 international festivals. The inhabitants of Ljubljana and its visitors can admire artists from all different fields – from music, theatre, and fine arts to the alternative and avant-garde. In warmer months, the tables and chairs of the numerous cafés fill the banks of the Ljubljanica and the old city markets. It is here, after an almost obligatory Saturday visit to the Ljubljana market or the Sunday flea market, that the locals meet for a morning coffee or for an evening chat with friends.
A modern and lively city
The first impression a visitor gets of Ljubljana is that it is an exceptionally young city. It is home to over 50,000 students, who give it a special vibe. As four Slovene regions meet in Ljubljana, the city’s numerous restaurants and inns offer a wide range of local delicacies, not to mention superb wines. Ljubljana did not earn the label of “the city of wine and vine” for nothing. In the past, it was the wine-trading centre of the region, and grapevines were planted on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle by the inhabitants of the Roman settlement of Emona. Today scientists are drawn to the city because of its high-caliber institutes and university, as are artists due to its world-famous graphic biennial, art academy, and countless art galleries. International businessmen, economists, and experts from all fields frequently attend the city’s many business and congressional meetings, exhibitions and trade fairs.
In short: Ljubljana is a city that people often return to, be it because of work or because of pleasant memories of previous visits. It is similar to a number of other pleasant European cities – yet it is different – and if you want to be fully assured that Ljubljana is an interesting, pretty, and friendly place, then just ask the locals – they love it. And with a name that, according to one theory, means beloved, how could they do otherwise?
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Slovenia is mostly mountainous and forested, covers 20,271 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi), and has a population of 2.1 million (2,108,708 people). Slovenes constitute over 80% of the country’s population. Slovene, a South Slavic language, is the official language. Slovenia has a predominantly temperate continental climate, with the exception of the Slovene Littoral and the Julian Alps. A sub-mediterranean climate reaches the northern extensions of the Dinaric Alps that traverse the country in a northwest-southeast direction. The Julian Alps in the northwest have an alpine climate. Toward the northeastern Pannonian Plain, a continental climate is more pronounced. Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia, is geographically situated near the center of the country.
Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages and cultures. Its territory has been part of many different states: the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Carolingian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Republic of Venice, the Illyrian Provinces of Napoleon’s First French Empire, the Austrian Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In October 1918, the Slovenes co-founded the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. In December 1918, they merged with the Kingdom of Serbia into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, Germany, Italy, and Hungary occupied and annexed Slovenia, with a tiny area transferred to the Independent State of Croatia, a newly declared Nazi puppet state. In 1945, it again became part of Yugoslavia. Post-war, Yugoslavia was allied with the Eastern Bloc, but after the Tito–Stalin split of 1948, it never subscribed to the Warsaw Pact, and in 1961 it became one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. In June 1991, Slovenia became the first republic to split from Yugoslavia and become an independent sovereign state.
Slovenia is a developed country, with a high-income economy ranking highly on the Human Development Index. The Gini index rates its income inequality among the lowest in the world. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Schengen Area, the OSCE, the OECD, the Council of Europe, and NATO.