“Success is dependent on effort.” —Sophocles
The ASAIO Journal is pleased to announce that it has achieved the honor of being rated the 2015 top journal in the field of artificial organs having achieved a 2.29 impact factor (Figure 1). The ASAIO Journal impact factor has increased significantly since 2013 (Figure 2), which is the result of energetic, engaged, and dedicated Section Editors, Editorial Board, and reviewers. The ASAIO Journal has been focused on being the best possible journal for its members and the society. As a result, there has been a steady increase in the number of submissions (Figure 3), quality of manuscripts, and subsequent significant increase in citations of the manuscripts published in the ASAIO Journal. The manuscripts published in the ASAIO Journal continue to reflect the uniqueness of our society which includes clinicians, scientists, engineers, industry, government, perfusion, and nurses. Although a diverse group, we are bound together by a single common goal to improve the health of patients through innovation and the development of new technology.
The 62nd Annual ASAIO conference was held in San Francisco, CA, from June 15–18, 2016 with 778 registrants—our highest attendance in the past 6 years (Figure 4). On behalf of the Program Committee, we are proud to report that the 2016 annual conference was a fantastic success continuing to provide an extraordinary forum to share discoveries and exchange ideas with the passion to Innovate for the Future. Conference attendees were truly international and represented by the USA, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, and Italy.
This year, there were 223 abstracts submitted for consideration for the main program. In addition to the main program, there were three specialty programs that were well attended: pediatric mechanical circulatory support (MCS; 162 participants), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO; 133 participants), and ventricular assist device coordinator sessions (VAD; 149 participants). This year’s meeting also included the inaugural MCS course featuring educational lectures and MCS device training sessions (111 participants), as well as a Mock Flow Loop Model Design Challenge with 1st place awarded to Dr. George Pantalos.
The top five abstracts (highest graded abstract for each track) were presented in the opening general session, in which Dr. Richard Malinauskas received the ASAIO Willem Kolff award for best abstract, presentation, and manuscript on FDA benchmark flow models and CFD techniques for evaluating medical devices. Dr. Peter Wearden delivered the ASAIO President’s Address, in which he reflected on his personal journey of How did I get here? (Figure 5). Dr. Wearden expressed his gratitude for the many opportunities and tremendous support he has received from family, friends, colleagues, and mentors, and challenged the audience to question what they want from ASAIO while also encouraging them to volunteer their service to our field and society. Five awardees of National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research grants (bioengineering, cardiac, pediatric, pulmonary, and renal) shared their successes and failures, experiences, and insights with the Clinical Translation of Medical Devices. There were seven student design presentations with Yusi Ou awarded 1st place for Neonatal EEG Monitor for Low-Resource Settings. The Keynote Address was presented by Dean Li, MD, PhD from the University of Utah Health Sciences in which he captivated the audience with his astute observations and keen insights into Artificial Organs and Revolutionary Medical Devices at the Intersection of Precision Medicine and Population Health. Dr. Li provided our society a roadmap for continuing to make groundbreaking discoveries and develop evolutionary technologies by targeting rare diseases/occurrences with small patient cohorts, which can be then be applied to general populations. A special tribute to ASAIO pioneer Dr. Theodor Kolobow for his contributions to the field which included prevention of iatrogenic lung injury was presented by Dr. John Trahanas.1 The Hasting’s Lecture was presented by Dr. Walter Dembitsky (Figure 6), in which he engaged the society with his historical review and prospectus on the Evolution of Modern Technologies. This year’s Young investigators and new ASAIO members were treated to an Evening with ASAIO Pioneers Dr. Steven Ash, Dr. “Bud” Frazier, and Ms. Jean Kantrowitz, MPH, who graciously shared their spirited and inspiring stories.
The success of the ASAIO Journal and this year’s Annual Conference is the result of many individuals committing their time and expertise. As noted “Success is dependent on effort”! Thanks to the many ASAIO members and volunteers for your outstanding ideas, inspiring efforts, and esprit de corps in building our Top Rated ASAIO Journal and in making the 2016 ASAIO conference in San Francisco CA a memorable experience! This year’s success is a reflection of our original commitment to have ASAIO and the ASAIO Journal “shape the future.”2 Please visit the ASAIO website for the latest journal information and to review conference highlight photographs captured by long-time ASAIO member and advocate Dr. George Pantalos. In keeping with the conference theme of Be the Change You Want to See, we encourage you to continue to lead the advancement of artificial organs, forge synergistic collaborations, and volunteer your service to the field and society. We look forward to your manuscript submissions and seeing everyone at next year’s 63rd ASAIO meeting in Chicago, IL (June 21–24, 2017).
1. Trahanas JM, Kolobow MA, Hardy MA, Berra L, Zapol WM, Bartlett RH: “Treating lungs”: The scientific contributions of Dr. Theodor Kolobow. ASAIO J 2016.62: 203–210.
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2. Slaughter MS: ASAIO and the ASAIO Journal: Shaping the future! ASAIO J 2014., 60: 12014.