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PACES History Project - Videos Now Online

July 6, 2017
Dear fellow colleagues,

I hope that everyone is enjoying a little bit of free time this summer. For those traveling to Barcelona next week for World Congress, I look forward to catching up with everyone either at the meeting or over a glass of sangria and some tapas. Current attendance for WCPCCS 17’ is estimated at 3,000 registrants.

On a separate note, PACES leadership is excited to highlight a major new addition to the website. Under the heading: “About Our Society” is a brand new feature spearheaded by Ian Law and Carolyn Dick. There are four featured videos (You Tube downloads) by PACES leaders (Dick, Van Hare, Benson, and Walsh) about the inception of our society and its evolution over the years. We intend over the next few years to add key PACES leaders and lifetime achievement recipients to the growing PACES Website Library. I want to personally thank Ian and Carolyn for their hard work and dedication to this project as well as the fantastic high quality of the videos themselves.
 
Warmest regards,

Mitchell Cohen MD FACC FHRS
President, Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
Scientific Program Chair, World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 & 2021

 

Request for PACES Committee Members

June 15, 2017

Dear fellow PACES Members,
 
I hope that everyone is enjoying the start of summer.  I want to thank everyone again for their involvement and continued support of PACES. PACES continues to grow and see ongoing collaboration with HRS, as it relates to guidelines, involvement on committees, and advocacy. The PACES Executive Committee continues to encourage members to join committees that are of particular interest and passion to individuals. Along those lines, there are a number of committees that have openings. If you would like to join one of these committees please let me know (email: mitchcohenmd@gmail.com).
 

Research: Chair: Maully Shah

2 new individuals with an interest in basic science research
3 new junior individuals (< 5 years out of training) with an interest in clinical research
 

AP Research Subcommittee: Chair: Vicki Freedenberg

2 new Allied Professionals
 

Finance Committee: Chair: Bryan Cannon

2 new members
 

Education Committee: Chairs: Andy Blaufox and Scott Ceresnak

5 new members
 

Advocacy Committee: Chair: Seshadri Balajii

3 new members
 

Sincerely,
Mitchell Cohen MD FACC FHRS 
mitchcohnemd@gmail.com
602‐510‐7890

Radiation Safety in Children with Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease: A Scientific Position Statement on Multimodality Dose Optimization from the Image Gently Alliance

May 23, 2017


Abstract

There is a need for consensus recommendations for ionizing radiation dose optimization during multi-modality medical imaging in children with congenital and acquired heart disease (CAHD). These children often have complex diseases and may be exposed to a relatively high cumulative burden of ionizing radiation from medical imaging procedures including cardiac computed tomography, nuclear cardiology studies and fluoroscopically guided diagnostic and interventional catheterization and electrophysiology procedures. Although these imaging procedures are all essential to the care of children with CAHD and have contributed to meaningfully improved outcomes in these patients, exposure to ionizing radiation is associated with potential risks, including an increased lifetime attributable risk of cancer. The goal of these recommendations is to encourage informed imaging to achieve appropriate study quality at the lowest achievable dose. Other strategies to improve care include a patient-centered approach to imaging, emphasizing education and informed decision making and programmatic approaches to ensure appropriate dose monitoring. Looking ahead, there is a need for standardization of dose metrics across imaging modalities, so as to encourage comparative effectiveness studies across the spectrum of CAHD in children.

For more information:  http://www.imaging.onlinejacc.org/content/early/2017/05/02/j.jcmg.2017.04.003

PACES Spring Newsletter

March 15, 2017

AP Research Committee Announcement

March 15, 2017
Dear PACES AP Members,

Great news! We are forming an AP Research Committee and are excited to announce that the Chairperson of this committee will be Vicki Zeigler, PhD, RN.
 
The mission of this sub-committee is to foster interest and fuel support in developing and generating AP led research projects that specifically align with AP clinical practices and interests.  

The sub-committee will:
  • Provide a platform for scholarly interaction amongst the AP members of PACES
  • Provide peer review for research proposals/grants for submission to PACES Research committee
  • Provide support in writing/reviewing abstracts for presentations
  • Have a long-term goal to design and implement a multi-center study led by PACES AP’s
We are also looking for committee members: anyone who is interested in developing a research project, being part of a research team, or who is  in any stage of on ongoing project is welcome.
Please contact Vicki Freedenberg at vfreeden@cnmc.org with your interest or for further details.

Best regards,
Vicki Freedenberg
PACES AP Representative

 

PACES Research Patrick Joyce Allied Professional Award

February 8, 2017

Background

The fund is named for Patrick Joyce who suddenly died when he was in college. He and his family members were later diagnosed with Long QT syndrome. His friends and family host a 5K fun run and generously donate part of the proceeds to support PACES research. The PACES executive board and research committee will fund up to 3 allied professional members with interest and dedication to research to attend Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions ($1500 for each) in order to present their research and gain experience and knowledge for research development for PACES allied professionals.
 

Eligibility

Awards will be for PACES allied professional members. Priority will be given to those who have submitted an abstract to HRS regardless if abstract gets accepted and who do not have financial support to attend the sessions. Research on long QT syndrome and other sudden death conditions will be considered favorably. We will accept applications from PACES allied professional members who have not submitted research to HRS but who have demonstrated a commitment to research either independently or collaboratively.
 

Award Periods and Deadlines

To apply for funding, please email a PDF copy of your research abstract and a personal statement. The personal statement must include your role in the submitted research and your anticipated learning objectives from attending the Heart Rhythm Scientific sessions. If you did not submit a research abstract to HRS, please discuss your current research projects and how you are involved in that research in your personal statement. The personal statement should be no more than one typewritten page, single spacing with font not smaller than Times New Roman 12 pt or Arial 11.
 

Deadline: March 30,2017

Email: Allied Professional Representative Vicki Freedenberg, PACES  
allied professional executive board representative, vfreeden@cnmc.org)

Expenses covered by the fund (up to the allowable limit) include:
  • Course registration fee
  • Related Travel and accommodation (economy fare flight, transfers and hotel)
Funding allocations are for a maximum amount of $1500.00USD per applicant.

Applicants are expected to make their own arrangements and submit original receipts after the meeting. Reimbursement will be provided for up to $1500.
 

Criteria for Awarding Funds

  • PACES allied professional member with dues up to date and demonstrated involvement in research.
  • Submitted research to HRS will be priority. Others will be considered who are involved in research based on availability of funds.
  • Personal statements and research abstracts will be reviewed by PACES research committee to determine top 3 applicants and will be awarded by April 15, 2017.

Process

To apply for funding, applicants must:
  • Complete application form with predicted expenses
  • Complete letter of intent with learning goals for experience
  • Make own arrangements for travel, accommodation-please note that hotels may fill up quickly so you are encouraged to make travel arrangements prior to the results of the award
  • Once approved, register for workshops or courses, etc.

Important PACES Research Awards Deadlines

January 17, 2017
Dear colleagues
 
This is a friendly reminder for upcoming research award deadlines:
 

The Paul C. Gillette (PCG) Award

The PCG/Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES) Research Grant is sponsored by the family of Paul C. Gillette to develop and sustain clinical and translational research directed at children and adults with congenital and acquired pediatric electrophysiology diseases. Noteworthy updates for the 2017 award are the following: 
  • Early and mid-career physicians and scientists (defined as the first 10 years of clinical and/or research career, after completion of an electrophysiology fellowship or PhD) are eligible.
  • Allied health professional applicants at any stage in their clinical carrier are eligible.
Please refer to the PCG award application for the most up to date information. The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2017. Email Maully Shah (shahm@email.chop.edu).
 

SADS Foundation Courts K. Cleveland, Jr. Young Investigator Awards in Pediatric Cardiac Channelopathy Research

The  annual SADS Foundation Courts K. Cleveland Jr. Young Investigator Awards in Cardiac Channelopathy Research will continue to recognize two outstanding, original academic works in the field of cardiac channelopathies (BASIC SCIENCE category and TRANSLATIONAL/CLINICAL SCIENCE category).
  • The first author candidate should be an undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident, fellow, postdoctoral fellow or junior investigator within his/her first 3 years of faculty appointment.
Please refer to the SADS award application (www.SADS.org). The deadline for receiving applications is March 26, 2017. Email Maully Shah (shahm@email.chop.edu).
 

The Patrick Joyce Allied Professional Award

The fund is named for Patrick Joyce, a college student who died suddenly and his family members were later diagnosed with Long QT syndrome. His friends and family host a 5K fun run and generously donate part of the proceeds to support PACES research.
  • Priority will be given to those who have submitted an abstract to HRS regardless if abstract gets accepted and who do not have financial support to attend the sessions.
  • Research on long QT syndrome and other sudden death conditions will be considered favorably.
PACES allied professional members who have not submitted an abstract to HRS but who have demonstrated a commitment to research will also be considered. The deadline for receiving applications is  January 30.  Email Vicki Freedenberg (vfreeden@cnmc.org).
 
Best WIshes
 
Maully Shah
VP PACES Research
 

New PACES Research Studies: 1) Fetal Diagnosis of long QT syndrome 2) Heart Sounds study for detection of emergent complete AV block in the fetus

January 5, 2017

Dear PACES members
 
Dr. Bettina Cuneo (Children's Hospital Colorado) has two ongoing multi-center research studies for which participation is requested :
  1. Fetal Diagnosis of long QT syndrome
  2. Heart Sounds study for detection of emergent complete AV block
The design of the study protocol has been reviewed and approved by PACES.

Please contact Bettina Cuneo at Bettina.Cuneo@childrenscolorado.org if you would like to learn more about the projects. The protocols for both studies are attached.
 
Best Wishes
 
Maully Shah
VP of Research
 

Multi -Center Research Project Query

December 21, 2016

Award Reminders: the Paul C. Gillette (PCG) Award & the SADS Foundation Courts K. Cleveland Jr. Young Investigator Awards

December 9, 2016
Dear PACES members:
 
Many of you will start making your travel arrangements for the Heart Rhythm Sessions in Chicago. Plans are well underway for PACES events. There will be a research meeting on Tuesday morning, followed by the PACES symposium “Controversies in EP”. Registration will be required for the latter, as space is limited.  
 
As well, a friendly reminder for upcoming research award deadlines from Dr Maully Shah, your VP Research:
 

The Paul C. Gillette (PCG) Award

The PCG/Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES) Research Grant is sponsored by the family of Paul C. Gillette to develop and sustain clinical and translational research directed at children and adults with congenital and acquired pediatric electrophysiology diseases. Noteworthy updates for the 2017 award are the following: 
  • Early and mid-career physicians and scientists (defined as the first 10 years of clinical and/or research career, after completion of an electrophysiology fellowship or PhD)  are eligible.
  • Allied health professional applicants at any stage in their clinical carrier are eligible.
Please refer to the PCG award application for the most up to date information. The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2017.
 

SADS Foundation Courts K. Cleveland, Jr. Young Investigator Awards in Pediatric Cardiac Channelopathy Research

The annual SADS Foundation Courts K. Cleveland Jr. Young Investigator Awards in Cardiac Channelopathy Research will continue to recognize two outstanding, original academic works in the field of cardiac channelopathies (BASIC SCIENCE category and TRANSLATIONAL/CLINICAL SCIENCE category).
  • The first author candidate should be an undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident, fellow, postdoctoral fellow or junior investigator within his/her first 3 years of faculty appointment.
Please refer to the SADS award application (www.SADS.org) for the most up to date information for the most up to date information. The deadline for receiving applications is March 26, 2017
 

PACES Research Patrick Joyce Allied Professional Award

Awards will be for PACES allied professional members. Priority will be given to those who have submitted an abstract to HRS regardless if abstract gets accepted and who do not have financial support to attend the sessions. Research on long QT syndrome and other sudden death conditions will be considered favorably. We will accept applications from PACES allied professional members who have not submitted research to HRS but who have demonstrated a commitment to research either independently or collaboratively.

For more information, please see the award application.

As we near the end of 2016, the Executive would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.
 
Shubhayan Sanatani
President, PACES
 
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