June 2013 – Montalcino, Italy

Montalcino, a medieval town in the gentle hills of Tuscany hosted the first international conference on genetic aortic disorders. Would-be members joined to form a consortium of prominent clinical, basic and translational researchers, clinicians and scientists with the aim to create an open source registry to better define and diagnose Aortic disorders. The goal is to reach an agreement on the standard of care for patients presenting the many mutations that make up these disorders.

The three-day meeting was a-hum with dynamic discussions, agreements, disagreements, experience and information exchange.  It ended with the realisation that the group only “scratched the surface”.  A continued international co-operation to study aortic disease in humans, joint research and data exchange, is essential to yielding the critical information needed for establishing diagnostic criteria and appropriate treatments.

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