Unveiling the new, improved Scientific Sessions

After surveys, research and focus groups with its professional audience, the American Heart Association made the decision to refine its annual meeting schedule. Scientific Sessions 2018 will roll out a three-day, Saturday through Monday format, beginning this fall in Chicago, IL.

“We recognize the time demands on scientists and clinicians only continue to increase. Healthcare professionals in general are seeking alternatives to multiple days away from their laboratory and/or practice, be that a shorter meeting or online education,” said Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, chair of the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.

In response to these time demands, Scientific Sessions 2018 will now be held Nov. 10-12. The event will be organized by programming specialty for added focus.

  • Clinical and Population Science programming will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11.
  • Basic Science programming will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12.
  • Early Career programming will take place throughout the meeting.

Sessions will begin at 7:15 a.m. and end at 6:45 p.m. The Presidential Session, previously referred to as the opening session, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Council leadership meetings will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Scientific Sessions 2018 will continue to offer all of the great programming, late-breaking science, interactive learning and exhibitor technology and interaction as in previous years.

The general abstract submission process will not be affected. Abstract submissions will open Wednesday, April 18, and will close Thursday, June 7, at 11:59 p.m. CST, with no extensions. However, Late-Breaking Science (formerly Late-Breaking Clinical Trials) abstract submissions will now open Thursday, July 5, and will close Thursday, July 27, at 5 p.m. CST.

Watch your email for more details from the AHA about the new and improved Scientific Sessions 2018.