July JASE Filled with A Plethora of New, Fantastic Science

The July JASE contains, “Superior Prognostic Value of Right Ventricular Free Wall Compared to Global Longitudinal Strain in Patients with Heart Failure,” by Carluccio et al. Dr. Carluccio said, “Results of this study provide substantial new insights in right ventricular (RV) function assessment and risk stratification of heart failure (HF) patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), with important clinical implication. This study, for the first time, clearly shows that, at least in HFrEF patients, the independent contribution of RVGLS to the prediction of outcome is lost when parameters of LV systolic function are taken into account, suggesting that prognostic performance of RVGLS might be hampered by concomitant impairment in global LV systolic function involving the interventricular septum. In contrast, the prognostic role of RVFWS is not affected by LV systolic dysfunction.”

Other JASE articles cover echocardiography in pulmonary embolism, echocardiographic assessment of patent foramen ovale, coronary microvascular dysfunction, assessing treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by echocardiography, longitudinal strain, measuring with echocardiography, and echocardiography in infants and children along with several brief communications and an editorial comment by Drs. Lopez and Colan, “How Well Does the Neonatal Heart Measure Up?” Read the first President’s Message by Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, FASE, “Creating a Caring Society,” and the Sonographers’ Communication by Raymond Musarra, BSAS, RCS, RDCS, FASE, “Changing Healthcare Costs Impact the Way We Provide Patient Care.”

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Impact Factor for JASE is 6.111 keeping JASE in its competitive place among cardiology journals with a ranking of 17 out of 136 publications.

Keep Up With ASE by Reading President, Dr. Madhav Swaminathan’s Blog

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, took helm as ASE President during the 30th annual Scientific Sessions. Learn more about his term and his goals for ASE each month by reading his monthly blog at ASEcho.org/Presidents-blog.

“Writing my first blog as the ASE president, I am excited, enthusiastic, and humbled by the role and the possibilities. The ASE is an extraordinary organization. The world’s largest Society of cardiovascular ultrasound professionals is fortunate to have an abundance of talent, skill, and passion among its members, staff, and leaders. Each of these characteristics were on full display at the Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR last month. As we joyously celebrated innovation and science at our 30th annual meeting, we also recognized that we must face a new challenge to our professional and personal well-being – burnout.” Read more here.

It is Time to Submit Your Images for the 2020 Image Calendar Contest

The ASE Echo Image Calendar has become a very popular member renewal gift over the past five years. Members are encouraged to upload images for the 2020 Image Calendar Contest by Monday, August 12. Voting for the favorite images to be included in the colorful, 12-month calendar will begin on August 14 and close on Friday, September 13. The 2020 calendar will be mailed to all members who renew by December 31, 2019.

To upload your images, head to the ASE 2020 Calendar Contest Library on Connect@ASE:

  1. Login to Connect@ASE using your username (email address) and password.
  2. Using the top navigation, scroll to Libraries.
  3. Click on Image Library.
  4. Click on the folder called ASE 2020 Calendar Contest.
  5. Click “New” under Folder Contents on the right hand side of the menu and upload your image. Image files need to be no larger than 30 MB.
  6. You are able to upload as many images as you would like.

Please note this is a membership competition and is open to members only. If you have any questions, please contact Arissa Cooper at acooper@asecho.org.

Dr. Madhav Swaminathan Elected President of ASE

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MBBS, MMCi, FASE, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Duke Anesthesiology, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine, has taken the helm as president of the ASE. His presidency, which will last one year, marks the first time that an anesthesiologist has been elected to head ASE in its 44-year history.

Dr. Swaminathan addressed the members of the Society at their annual business meeting and shared his excitement for leading ASE for the next year. He said, “ASE has taken an unprecedented step of tapping the first anesthesiologist as its president. It is a bold statement about celebrating diversity. I look forward to leading the Society that has opened its arms to everyone who is interested in cardiovascular ultrasound. In addition to guiding ASE into a new strategic plan beginning in 2020, I am committed to building a network of leaders that supports the well-being of the entire cardiovascular ultrasound community.”

Dr. Swaminathan served as ASE’s Vice President and President-Elect prior to ascending to President. Joining him as new members of the 2019-2020 Executive Committee are Vice President, Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX; and Secretary, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Healthcare, Aurora, WI. Read more about the continuing ASE officers and the new board of directors members here.

Last Chance for Research Funding

The new E21 Research Grant for Clinician-Scientist and Engineering Partnership program will provide funding for research that aims to use engineering solutions to solve a relevant clinical problem in cardiovascular ultrasound. This ASE Foundation funding is offered in partnership with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc., Bracco, Inc., and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Three grants of up to $200,000 each are available. Recipients are also eligible for travel support to present the results of their project at future ASE and AIUM scientific meetings. Visit ASEFoundation.org/E21ResearchGrant for more information and application instructions. Don’t delay, submission closes June 30.

Nominations for Society Awards Now Open

ASE is now accepting applications for 2020 Society Awards. These awards will be presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, CO, June 2020. Check out the links below to see how you may nominate someone (or yourself!) for an award.

Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadline of August 1, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Awards@ASEcho.org.

Innovative Cardiovascular Ultrasound Solutions Showcased at ASE’s 30th Annual Scientific Sessions

June 17, 2019, Durham, NC – From a breaking trial of 3D interoperability to demonstrations of AI technology, nearly 60 companies and organizations will display their latest products and services at the American Society of Echocardiography’s 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. The world’s premier meeting for cardiovascular ultrasound practitioners, it promises a wealth of cutting-edge education, research, and the latest vendor technology, taking place June 21-25, 2019, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. Read more here.

ASE 2019 Final Program Now Available

We are just over a week away from the 30th Annual Scientific Sessions. There is still time to plan to join us in Portland, OR, June 21-25, 2019! Pre-registration numbers are some of the highest EVER..Don’t miss out on this large gathering of echo enthusiasts!

Download the Final Program today to take a look at all the speakers, exhibitors, and research, and start planning for the sessions you want to attend now. Register today to join us in Portland. Prices increase by $100 if you register onsite.

There is still time to register for learning labs that are being offered including POCUS, 3D Cropping, 3D printing, and more. Additional fees are required for these sessions. Already registered? You can still add sessions to your registration. Learn more here.

For the most up-to-date program information, please download the ASE Courses app from the Google Play and Apple stores. Follow @ASE360 on Twitter and #ASE2019 to keep up with your peers who are attending too! Don’t delay, make sure to register for this year’s Scientific Sessions.

3D/4D Data Connections and Integrations Debut

ASE and EACVI have partnered with Canon, GE Healthcare, Hitachi, Philips, and Siemens to streamline interoperability of 3D/4D data connections and integrations across vendor platforms.
Join these vendors, alongside leaders from ASE and EACVI, for the first ever public demonstration of fully interoperable 3D/4D data and see how we are working together to provide seamless access and improve lab performance. Visit Booth #106 during Scientific Sessions on Sunday, June 23, 9:30-10:15 AM and Monday, June 24, 9:30 – 10:15 AM.

Your ASEF Donations In Action!

An integral component of ASE’s educational meetings is the presentation of original research on the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound. Donations made to Research Investigator Support allow the ASE Foundation to fund the Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition, which recognizes non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project of original research.
Being able to recognize exceptional work of young researchers is very important because, as you know, young researchers are the heart and future of our field! Please join ASEF in congratulating this year’s finalists!

  • Michele H. Clouse, RDCS, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA – Fetal Brain Resistance is Abnormal in Neonates with Coarctation of the Aorta Despite Antegrade Aortic Arch Flow
  • Natalie Edwards, ACS, AMS, FASE, Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland, Australia – Resting Global Myocardial Work Derived from Non-Invasive Left Ventricular Pressure-Strain Loops Discriminates Between True Positive and False Positive Exercise Stress Echocardiography
  • Gilda Kadiu, RDCS, FASE, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI – Left Ventricle Longitudinal Excursion in Children Following Heart Transplantation: Utility of Tissue Motion Annular Displacement Index
  • Daniel L. McCullough, RDCS, FASE, Mayo Clinic, Millville, MN – Real Time Myocardial Perfusion Stress Echocardiography: A Practice Implementation Pilot

The competition will take place Sunday, June 23rd from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Portland Ballroom 253-254.