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A one-day comprehensive workshop covering all aspects of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from the basic principles and set-up in the cathlab, to the differences between FFR, iFR, and CFR, a comprehensive review of the clinical study data, and a look at future modalities.

Faculty members


Giovanni Amoroso, MD, PhD

Interventional Cardiologist and Clinician-Researcher at OLVG Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

His current research focus is on slender techniques and patient-oriented improvements in transradial approach. He is also TAVI program Director at OLVG Amsterdam and member of the STEMI Coordinating Board (Lifenet) in Amsterdam.

Colin Berry, MD, PhD

Professor of Cardiology and Imaging (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences)

BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (UK).

Prof Berry is a Scottish Senior Fellow and holds a Chair in Cardiology in the University of Glasgow. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Western Infirmary, Glasgow. His subspecialty interests are Interventional Cardiology and Imaging.

Olivier F Bertrand, MD, PhD

Tenured Associate-Professor of Medicine at Laval University, Quebec City (Canada) and Adjunct-Professor at the Dept of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal (Canada)

Interventional Cardiologist and Clinician-Researcher at Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Quebec City.

His current research interests include the study of clinical benefits of transradial approach and optimal antithrombotic strategies for percutaneous coronary interventions and the impact of coronary flow reserve on clinical outcomes in interventional cardiology. He holds the International Chair on Interventional Cardiology and Transradial Approach.

Giedrius Davidavicius, MD, PhD

Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Vilnius City, Lithuania

Interventional Cardiologist at Vilnius University Hospital ‘Santaros Klinikos’ Vilnius, Lithuania

Research interests include evaluation of PCI effectiveness on clinical outcomes, application of new device therapies for treatment of structural heart disease and heart failure.

Roberto Diletti, MD, PhD

Interventional Cardiologist at Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

His current research interests comprise the use of right and left transradial approach during coronary interventions in stable and acute patients. Platelet function and optimal antithrombotic therapy after stent implantation. Percutaneous revascularisation of chronic total occlusions using transradial approach. Coronary physiology evaluation with fractional flow reserve pre stenting as indication for intervention and post stenting to guide procedural optimization.

Ian C. Gilchrist, MD

Professor of Medicine, Heart & Vascular Institute, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey (PA, USA)

Has been active in >200 multi-centered clinical trials over the last 25 years. These have included many of the pivotal trials of thrombolytic therapy, antiplatelet and antithrombin agents, and device trials that define standard and future care in interventional cardiology. Beginning with transradial procedures in 1996, he has also worked to optimize the approach including integration of pressure wire technology and coronary flow to the optimization of coronary stenosis assessment.

Nils P. Johnson, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Weatherhead PET Imaging Center, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center, Houston (TX, USA)

Prof Johnson research interest focuses on clinical coronary physiology, from perfusion imaging to intracoronary hemodynamics. This includes deciding when invasive cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, or bypass surgery are necessary by using non-invasive tools like cardiac PET imaging or invasive tools like FFR and CFR.

Mamas A. Mamas, MA, DPhil, BMBCh, FRCP

Professor of Cardiology, Keele University

Honorary Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Royal Stoke Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Professor Mamas' current research interests focus around the use of national routinely collected healthcare "Big Data" to inform process of care, treatment efficacy and clinical outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease. He leads a program of Big Data research in interventional cardiology.

Hitoshi Matsuo, MD, PhD

President and Director of Gifu Heart Center

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Gifu Heart Center, Gifu, Japan

Dr Matsuo clinical activities and research interests consist in application of coronary physiology and imaging in complex coronary angioplasty.

Rosaire Mongrain, PhD

Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal (Canada)

Prof Mongrain research interests focus on bioengineering. His research includes blood flow modeling in circulatory pathologies (stenoses, aneurysms) and the influence of the flow on these diseases, the study of the mechanical properties of vascular tissues, the design, development and evaluation of cardiovascular devices using numerical, experimental and animal models and image processing for medical diagnosis (motion analysis, tissue characterization).

Goran Olivecrona, MD, PhD

Senior Interventional Cardiologist at Lund University / Skane University Hospital

Past Chairman of the National Working Group of Interventional Cardiology in Sweden.

His main research interests are interventional treatment concepts for patients with cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest as well as transradial interventional procedures and the treatment of chronic total occlusions.

Zsolt Piroth, MD

Deputy Head of the Adult Cardiology Department of the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Budapest (Hungary) and nucleus member of the Working Group of Interventional Cardiology of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology.

His main interest is the clinical application of coronary physiology: FFR before and after coronary intervention, and left main percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Niels van Royen, MD, PhD

Interventional Cardiologist and Professor of Interventional Cardiology, VUmc, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Professor of Cardiology and Head of Department, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Prof van Royen current research interests include collateral artery formation, intracoronary physiology, imaging and treatment of vulnerable plaques and reperfusion damage.

He is currently president of the Dutch Working Group on Interventional Cardiology.

Tim Schäufele, MD

Interventional Cardiologist at Robert-Bosch Krankenhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Dr Schäufele has been performing transradial access procedures since 2006. He is currently Speaker of the AGiK working group on transradial approach which is devoted to the spread of radial catheter technology in Germany. 

He has participated in over 100 multi-centered clinical trials over the last 18 years.

Gabor G. Toth, MD, PhD

Interventional Cardiologist at University Heart Center Graz, Medical University Graz, Austria

His current research interest focuses on broader application of coronary physiology in clinical practice.



2017 Call for Abstracts
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Session 1 - Basic Principles

Chairman / Panelists: Olivier Bertrand, Tim Schäufele / Colin Berry, Roberto Diletti, Hitoshi Matsuo

08:00 - 08:10 am - Welcome and introduction: workshop goals / objectives

08:15 - 08:40 am - Regulation of the coronary blood flow: primer for the interventional cardiologist - Rosaire Mongrain

08:45 - 09:05 am - Pd/Pa and FFR: is there a relationship? - Mamas Mamas

09:10 - 09:30 am - Pd/Pa  and  iFr: new concept or more of the same? - Niels van Royen

09:35 - 09:55 am - Contrast-induced vs maximal hyperhemia? - Nils Johnson

10:00 - 10:10 am - Image-based FFR (FFRangio) during coronary angiography - Stéphane Fournier

10:15 - 10:30 am - Q & A

Live Case

Chairman / Panelists: Ian Gilchrist / Mamas Mamas, Goran Olivecrona, Tim Schäufele

10:30 - 11:15 am - Live case from Stuttgart (Germany) - Tim Schäufele and team

Session 2 - Clinical Scenarios

Chairman / Panelists: Nils Johnson / Giedrius Davidavicius, Rosaire Mongrain, Zsolt Piroth

11:20 - 11:35 am - FFR and serial lesions - Hitoshi Matsuo

11:40 - 11:55 am - FFR with 4Fr catheters: can slender technique work here? - Ian Gilchrist

12:00 - 12:10 pm - Q & A

Lunch - Q&A - Booths

Live Case

Chairman / Panelists: Hitoshi Matsuo / Olivier Bertrand, Colin Berry

1:10 - 1:40 pm   Live case from Stuttgart (Germany) - Tim Schäufele and team

Session 3 - Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials and Registries

Chairman/Panelists: Niels van Royen / Ian Gilchrist, Nils Johnson, Mamas Mamas, Rosaire Mongrain

1:45 - 2:00 pm   Use of physiology in acute coronary syndromes - Colin Berry

2:05 - 2:20 pm   DEFINE-FLAIR - Hitoshi Matsuo

2:25 - 2:40 pm   iFR-SWEDEHEART and registry based-research - Goran Olivecrona

2:45 - 3:00 pm   FFR and STEMI: COMPARE-ACUTE - Zsolt Piroth

3:05 - 3:15 pm   Q & A

Break - Q&A - Booths

Live Case

Chairman / Panelists: Hitoshi Matsuo / Olivier Bertrand, Colin Berry

3:30 - 4:15 pm   Live case from Stuttgart (Germany) - Tim Schäufele and team

Session 4 - What is Next? Post-PCI FFR and Physiology

Chairman/Panelists: Nils Johnson / Mamas Mamas, Rosaire Mongrain, Niels van Royen

4:15 - 4:25 pm   Post-PCI FFR: time is coming - Olivier Bertrand

4:30 - 4:40 pm   Post-PCI FFR: lessons from FAME - Zsolt Piroth

4:45 - 4:55 pm   Post-PCI FFR: Rotterdam experience - Roberto Diletti

5:00 - 5:10 pm   Post-PCI FFR after long DES - Giedrius Davidavicius

5:15 - 5:30 pm   Q & A, general discussion

5:30 pm   Adjourn


  Olivier F Bertrand (Canada), Tim Schäufele (Germany), with the German Cardiac Society (DGK),

the Interventional Cardiology Working Group (AGIK) and the International Chair

on Interventional Cardiology and Transradial Approach