Seven papers were presented on the use of the ExoVasc Personalised External Aortic Root Support in two sessions at the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Annual meeting in Vienna on 8 October 2017. The EACTS Daily News featured a full-page article entitled An update on PEARS featuring the introductory presentation by Professor John Pepper. The subsequent presentations by five other surgeons led to a positive discussion in a dedicated session on the PEARS approach. Exstent also enjoyed a busy stand at the associated technical exhibition, where the ExoVasc support was shown to many surgeons and attracted considerable interest from distributors and cardiac surgery device manufacturers.
Six surgeons will present papers at the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Vienna on 8th October describing their experience with the ExoVasc Personalised External Aortic Root Support. The papers being presented are as follows:
- John Pepper: Overview to date: practice and outcomes
- Tom Treasure: Histological mesh incorporation in sheep and man
- Ulrich Rosendahl: Fixation to the aorto-ventricular junction: why and how?
- Filip Rega: Situations and threshold for using the pump
- Mario Petrou: Personalised external aortic root support and concomitant surgery
- Conal Austin: Mesh support for situations other than for congenitally determined root aneurysm
In addition, Exstent will be present on booth 109 at the associated Technical Exhibition.
You can find out more about the conference on the EACTS website. You can also download timetable information on the PEARS presentations.
On 23 June 2017 Tal Golesworthy spoke at the Transforming Ideas event for Allied Health Professionals at Sheffield Hallam University. The subject of his presentation was Multidisciplinary Innovation in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Tal Golesworthy gave the closing speech at Medforce Europe in Hamburg on 6 June 2017. The subject of his talk was patient-driven innovation, with particular reference to the PEARS project. Medforce Europe is aimed at sales and marketing professionals working in the medical device industry and the event features senior speakers from industry-leading companies. For more information, visit medforceeu.wbresearch.com/.
At the London Bridge Hospital today, the 100th patient to receive the ExoVasc support was operated on successfully and now has their personalised external aortic root support in place to prevent further dilatation of their ascending aorta. Commenting on this milestone, Peter Gibson – CEO of Exstent Ltd – said: “It is encouraging now to see more centres adopting this new approach to the management of aortic dilatation. Patients have a right to be informed on all the options available in the surgical management of their condition, and for most of those aware of the PEARS approach this is their preferred option.”
Tal Golesworthy spoke at Healthcare Education and Research Talks (HEART) in Cluj Napoce, Romania. The title of his talk was How I repaired my own heart. HEART aims to fill in the gaps in medical curricula, providing students with inspiring mentors, motivating cutting edge technology and research information, problem-based learning and interprofessional collaboration. For more information, visit https://www.heartcluj.com.
On 29 March 2017, Tal Golesworthy and the PEARS project featured in the final episode of the BBC2 documentary series Incredible Medicine. In the series surgeon Gabriel Weston looked at the rare and extraordinary cases that are bringing new discoveries about the human body and leading to the medical cures of the future. You can watch the section featuring Tal below.
On 15 March Tal Golesworthy spoke at the Minds that Change the World conference at the Faculty of Medicine of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Aimed at students, medical residents and doctors, the theme of the event was the application of technology to medicine where we combine both to change people’s lives and revolutionise health care. You can read more about the conference at www.cimq17.org.
Tal Golesworthy and the PEARS project is featured in a book and website called Healthcare Heroes: The Passion Project. The project is run by Havas Lynx, a leading global healthcare communications group, and it’s dedicated to the people working with passion, purpose and determination to improve peoples’ lives all over the world.
You can read Tal’s story on the Healthcare Heroes website.
Tal Golesworthy was a keynote speaker at the Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Summit, which took place in Ottawa, Canada between 25 and 27 October. The conference had the theme of Health Innovation: Working Together on Shared Health Priorities and brought together SPOR stakeholders, including patients, federal, provincial and territorial ministries, partners, researchers and clinicians. More information about SPOR can be found at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca. You can also read Tal’s speaker biography at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/50023.html#s3.