Assoc. Prof. Dr.Wasan Udayachalerm
AICT2013 – Conference Chairman  

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

          On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to warmly welcome you to the 9th Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics, also known as AICT2013, which will be organized during November 14-16, 2013 at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. The conference is hosted under the collaboration of Cardiovascular Interventional Association of Thailand (AICT) and Asia-Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC). This year the conference is organized under the theme of “The Art of Asia Pacific Intervention”.

          This conference will bring together the collaborative efforts from Cardiologists in Asia-Pacific, America, Europe, and all over the world to disseminate the knowledge of new treatments and technologies to participants. Not only didactic lectures by well-known and foremost speakers will be presented, but also presentation of abstracts, cases and interesting live demonstrations are included. Moreover, the congress also serves as an effective forum for participants to exchange knowledge and gain new collaborations. Furthermore, medical devices and pharmaceutical companies will be able to show and introduce their latest technologies in the exhibition hall.

          AICT2013 once again takes place in Bangkok, the city that never sleeps and is waiting for you to explore. Many attractions in Bangkok and other provinces nearby would be a great experience for you and your family to visit after the congress. Additionally, it is our pleasure to share with you our Thai cultural through the phenomenal Thai classical performance and authentic Thai cuisine during the Gala Dinner. We are certain that this visit will be an unforgettable one. Your participation in this conference would be accountable for the continuing growth and success of Asia-Pacific Intervention. I am honored for you to join this prestigious event and I am looking forward to welcoming you to Thailand soon.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,                  


(Assoc. Prof. Dr.Wasan Udayachalerm)
AICT2013 – Conference Chairman   

 




Associate Professor Tan Huay Cheem
President-Elect, APSIC
Founding member, AICT  

          The successful organization of every AICT meeting holds special meaning for me as one of the founders of the event. The growth of the AICT may be likened to an evolving movement within Asia, culminating in the formation of a platform for one big representative meeting of endovascular therapy in the continent. This year’s AICT meeting holds even greater significance as it is being held as the officially designated scientific meeting of the Asia-Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC). As the momentum continues to build and the interest level rises, and with the continuous support of all APSIC member countries, the future augurs well indeed for AICT.

          This is the second time that Thailand is organizing the AICT meeting, under the able leadership of Dr Wasan Udayachalerm. The last AICT held in Bangkok was in 2007 when Dr Damras Tresukosol organized the 4th AICT meeting with great success. This year’s programme clearly shows the tremendous progress of endovascular therapy in Asia as it showcases the advent of technology and expertise from the regional faculties. These include complex percutaneous coronary intervention, of which treatment of chronic total occlusion and left main disease are pretty much initiated and led by Asia; and peripheral and the growing structural intervention cases. As Asia continues to develop itself, albeit at different paces among member nations, there is general optimism that the engine of growth in the field lays in this part of the world. AICT therefore has the obligation not only to spearhead the introduction of novel technologies that will benefit our Asian patients, but also be the platform on which cardiovascular specialists, scientists and industry players can actively engage one another in the furtherance of this cause.

          I have no doubt this year’s AICT will fulfill your every need in your quest for scientific knowhow and am glad that you can be part of this journey of our continued strife for success. Do take time to enjoy the scientific feast and warm hospitality provided by our dear friends from Thailand.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,                  


Associate Professor Tan Huay Cheem
President-Elect, APSIC    
Founding member, AICT   

 



Junbo Ge, MD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI
Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Director, Dept. of Cardiology
Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
Chairman, Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
President-elect, Chinese Society of Cardiology
President, Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology

Dear colleagues,

          On behalf of the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC), I welcome you to attend this year’s AICT (an annual scientific session of APSIC). Since the foundation of AICT in 2004, it contributed significantly to the development of interventional cardiology in this area. This year, it is the first time we try to integrate AICT with APSIC to build a bigger plateform to enhance the cooperations as well as to share the expertise of interventional cardiology in the region.

          With the changing of living style and the increase of the working stress, the incidence of the cardiovascular diseases shows an increasing trend in this region. People pursue more and more treatments with high efficiency but low risk. The interventional equipments and the advanced techniques have satisfied the needs of the people. However, we should realize that the unbalanced developments within areas as well as the difference in the understanding among the patients result in the fact that some people are unable to receive endovascular treatment. Meanwhile, the expanding endovascular treatment and its complications and management become a public concern. 

          I appreciate that all experts and fellows would share your valuable views so as to facilitate the experience exchange and the cooperation between us, contributing to the development of the medical field concerning cardiovascular diseases. Last but not least, I sincerely send the best regards to the success of the conference.

 


Thank you.

Junbo Ge, MD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI
Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Director, Dept. of Cardiology
Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
Chairman, Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
President-elect, Chinese Society of Cardiology
President, Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology

 


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