Welcome

Dear colleagues and friends,N Ntusi

I would like to welcome you to the 2018 Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Congress of South Africa (SA-CMR), which will be taking place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel - Upper East Side Woodstock from 30 October to 04 November 2018.

The meeting is endorsed by the South African Heart Association (SAHA) and the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA). The SA-CMR congress is held jointly under the auspices of the Cardiovascular Imaging Society of South Africa (CISSA), a special interest group of the SAHA and the South Africa Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (SASOCI), a special interest group of the RSSA. Further, the meeting has endorsement from the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the European Association for Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), the Pan African Society for Cardiology (PASCAR) and the African Society of Radiology (ASR).

The theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Neglected cardiovascular diseases’. Accordingly, the pre- conference workshop on Tuesday 30 October 2018 will be dedicated to talks by experts on neglected cardiovascular diseases. Importantly, talks on cardiovascular diseases of pestilence will be presented in different sessions throughout the meeting, to maintain the focus on this important theme.

As with past meetings, a focus of the conference will be on registrars and fellows in training and early career imaging specialists, as well as on building capacity for competence in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and to prepare candidates for level I and level II CMR accreditation. All candidates attending the meeting will be able to obtain SCMR level I accreditation. In addition, the last two days of the conference will be dedicated to live scanning and reporting, under expert guidance. Those who wish to participate in these live scans and supervised reports of up to 100 cases, in the last 2 days of the meeting, will be eligible for SCMR level II accreditation.

The SA-CMR will have a strong focus on conditions that are common in the African context. The local faculty will be supported by an international faculty, through the SCMR, ISMRM and EACVI. There will be two parallel tracks every day, including CMR case reading under expert supervision.

The congress will be supported by industry partners and delegates are encouraged to visit the exhibition stands, which will highlight the latest developments in CMR.

A fun-packed gala dinner is planned on the Friday evening and I would like to encourage all delegates to attend. The gala dinner promises to be a celebration of all things South African.

Again, I look forward to welcoming delegates from South Africa and beyond, from both the public and private sectors, and registrars and qualified radiologists, cardiologists and radiographers and our industry partners and sponsors.

Yours,

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Professor Ntobeko Ntusi