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BCS 2011

Preparations for the BCS Annual Conference 2011 are near completion and it promises to be the biggest and best yet. The programme has been completely restructured in include defined “tracks” including a new clinical/translational science track supported by the British Heart Foundation, imaging and education tracks in addition to our Affiliated Groups track and the National Training Day. This new format will make the conference even more “fit for the future” with the introduction of strengthened appraisal and revalidation as well as focussing on key areas such as imaging and cardiovascular research.

The clinical/translational science track has the posters embedded within it, themed to the linked plenary sessions. In this way we can have cutting edge research accompanying keynote speakers in the same subject area and allow more interaction between the poster presenters and leader in their field. Much of this has been made possible by support from the British Heart Foundation who also supported the linked meeting with the British Atherosclerosis Society and British Society for Cardiovascular Research, now a regular feature in the BCS programme.

This year Professor Ken Chien and Professor David Sahn will be giving the BCS named lectures, both iconic in their respective fields and promises to be a real treat for the delegates. Something not to be missed!

Talking of things not to be missed, the Annual Dinner this year will be in the Midland Hotel which will allow us to expand the number of tables available. The promise of good company, good food, good wine and the magicians to entertain you before the meal should prove very popular. Get your tickets early. As if that was not enough, the now legendary Will Orr and his Jazz band will return for after dinner entertainment, and we hope “Will Orr” memorabilia will not be available to members!!

So make sure you are there on 13-15th June in Manchester Central for the next edition of the BCS Annual Conference. Not available on DVD so your personal presence is a must! Check out the programme at and follow us on Twitter (#bcs2011)

See you there.

Iain A Simpson
Chair, Programme Committee

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