The 2017 ISMCS Conference
Limitations, Controversies and Gaps in Mechanical Circulatory Support: Pathways to Solutions

D²I² = Define, Dissect, Ideate, Innovate

October 16-18 / Tucson, Arizona

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Work with student/faculty Innovators from around the world to tackle “Unmet Needs” in Mechanical Circulatory SupportBest solutions presented at the Meeting, Prizes will be awarded!

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the 2017 conference is hosted at

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

BOOK NOW: Special Rates October 12-22, 2017

A breathtaking desert sanctuary located in a lush 100-acre desert garden at the foothills of the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains. Newly renovated guestrooms, breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert, two signature 18-hole golf courses, two pools…


We will be featuring: - A parallel course on “Building and Enhancing an MCS Program.” (Full day course targeted to new and emerging MCS programs; for MD, VAD Coordinators, Allied Health, Perfusionists) - Half-day VAD Coordinator Course – run by leading experts in the field - ECMO course offered at conclusion of meeting (additional day)


Select Problems/Opportunities in MCS will be posted on the conference website. Open to individuals, students, engineers, and young faculty (open to all)! Groups will be assembled and individuals will work on posted problems prior to the meeting in “open innovation web environment” and on-site thru the conference (with designated hackathon lab at venue). Outcomes presented Wednesday. University Participants: University of Arizona, University of Kentucky, SUNY- Binghamton, StonyBrook.


Lots of conference fun! - Traditional Soccer game w “Futsal Trophy” - Opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration - Regional entertainment - Great weather, amazing natural environment especially adjacent Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon (hiking, biking, golf, etc.) ...and this year, we offer a Social/Tour Program, where spouses are all welcome!

our welcome to you

a letter from the
program chair


Dear ISMCS (ISRBP) Member and Friends,

We have some very special things planned! This is the 25th year of our society, 24 years as ISRBP and now the first year as ISMCS. As such this is a celebratory quarter-century milestone for our group! Consistent with this, is the progress that the field has made. However, to move with strength into the next quarter-century we must address limitations and gaps that face us on a daily basis. This will be the crux of this meeting. To put a unique imprint on the meeting, rather than being a typical update of status session, we plan some bold steps to truly move forward on innovating to overcome limitations, using the meeting as a discussion mechanism and a thinking laboratory. The title of the meeting is

“Limitations, Controversies and Gaps in Mechanical Circulatory Support: Pathways to Solutions”

D2I2 = Define, Dissect, Ideate, Innovate.

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