On November 29th and 30th, the first official
conference of our society –LAHRS 2018- was held in Cartagena, Colombia. More
than 300 specialists from all Latin America attended the conference, and it was
considered a success in all possible ways.
The scientific program approached and discussed
topical issues about syncope, sudden cardiac death, atrial fibrillation
ablation, ventricular tachycardia, prevention of thromboembolism,
resynchronization therapy, and electrode extraction, among others.
There were joint sessions with sister supranational
societies from Europe (EHRA), Asia/Oceania (APHRS), and the United States
(HRS), ending the year’s schedule agreed with them,
besides having the presence of official delegates from all those institutions.
The joint activity with the Pacing and Electrophysiology Section of the Sociedad Española de Cardiología was
outstanding, as well as the meeting with the first authorities of the Pediatric
and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES).
There was also time for social activities, in an
informal and relaxed environment, between attendees and guests. This is quite
significant, as it helps to disseminate Latin American electrophysiology to the
rest of the world.
The regular annual assembly was held, in which there were decisions made on all the topics included in the agenda.
Everything went according to plan, with sensible expectations for our first event, and with a lot of room to grow and improve. LAHRS is a consolidated hallmark that rightly makes all Latin Americans proud. We hope that the enthusiasm we feel as we returned, keeps spreading.
SUMMARY RECORD: REGULAR GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Thursday, November 29, 2018, Hall Bolívar 2, Hilton
Hotel, Cartagena, Colombia.
First call at 13 hours: no statutory quorum.
Second call at 13:30 hours; the session starts with 46
attendees. The outgoing President, Dr. Roberto Keegan reads the agenda, already
reported in the announcement.
- Statement of accounts
The outgoing treasurer, Dr. Alejandro Cuesta, presents
a report on the institutional situation: Achievement of legal status, record of
by-laws, founding members, opening of bank accounts, and agreement with credit
cards to collect the membership fees.
It is reported that the Society still has no
headquarters of its own, and that it operates by an agreement with the Sociedad Uruguaya de Cardiología. It is
reported that there is still no hired staff and that all work is done by the
payment of independent professional fees or for free.
An institutional Web page has been created, posted in
three languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English) and a weekly report letter is
sent by e-mail to all members.
The financial report is presented. To this date, there
is a positive balance of 43,635 US dollars.
From the financial point of view, there is a debt of
40,527 US dollars with EHRA for their participation in two documents, for which
there is planned funding that has not realized yet. There is also a debt of
11,920 US dollars not yet due and with no funding for it.
Questions are asked, and satisfaction is expressed
because of the historical level of organization achieved.
The following is approved:
- Approval of temporary regulations
The regulations on elections and conferences, already
presented on the Web site, are submitted for the consideration of the
attendees, and no objections or modifications are proposed.
The following is decided: To approve both regulations
- Appointment of Honorary Members
It is reported that the outgoing Executive Committee
proposed the appointment of all the previous Presidents of SOLAECE as Honorary
Members, as well as colleagues from other countries that have made very
significant contributions for LAHRS to become a reality. There are no
objections or modifications proposed. The proposal is approved.
Andrea Natale, Angelo Auricchio, Antonio
Curnis, Bryan cannon, Carlos Morillo, Gabriel Varnagy, Diego Vanegas, Douglas
Packer, George Van Hare, Gerhard Hindricks, Guilherme Fenelon, Hugh Calkins,
John Camm, Jonathan Kalman, Jose Luis Merino, Josep Brugada, Lluis Mont, Luis
Aguinaga, Luis Molina, Oscar Oseroff, Raul Weiss, Sami Viskin, Silas Galvao y
Daniel Barnaghi by Gabriel Varnagy and Thomas
Deering by Deering.
The outgoing President reports that the payment system
of the fee by online credit card is already operational, but payment increases
It is proposed to keep the yearly fee in 100 US
dollars for the next term. There are no objections, and there are no
modifications proposed. It is approved.
- Future conferences
- LAHRS 2019
There was a proposal to conduct LAHRS 2019 in Buenos
Aires, jointly with the Congreso
Argentino de Arritmias and with the support of local societies.
The outgoing President reports the existence of a
signed agreement between the World Society of Arrhythmias (WSA) and the Sociedad Argentina de Electrofisiología
Cardíaca (SADEC) to make a joint conference. In the conversations held with
their authorities, LAHRS offered a participation that does not satisfy the
Executive Committee in terms of form and finances.
Alternatives are discussed and different opinions are
proposed, with the presence and participation in the room of Dr. Oscar Oseroff,
that is also a representative of WSA and Dr. Rodolfo Sansalone, who is also the
current President of SADEC.
The following is decided:
- To hand over to the Executive Committee the necessary
measures to make possible the performance of a joint conference in year 2019 in
Buenos Aires, taking into account the level of representation and influence of
LAHRS in Latin America.
- To request from the WSA and SADEC a proposal
contemplating our previous goals.
- LAHRS 2020
The performance of said event is proposed, this time
to be held in Mexico. There is a chance to advance it to 2019 if the previous
agreement is not achieved.
It is decided to approve it.
- Dr. Fernando Vidal from the Dominican Republic makes a
formal presentation offering the city of Punta Cana in his country to hold
It is decided to approve the candidacy of the city.
- Brazil is proposed as next host country, and the
choice of city is being defined internally in said country.
If the steps taken to hold LAHRS 2019 in Buenos Aires
fail, the order of host cities will be maintained, advancing them one year.
- Election of the Official LAHRS Journal
Proposals have been received from the prestigious
journals: PACE, HICE and JCE to conduct agreements by which they would be the
official scientific journal of LAHRS.
The outgoing Secretary, Dr. Marcio Figueiredo shows a
presentation with a comparative study of the three proposals.
Opinions are exchanged.
It is decided to entrust the incoming Executive
Committee with deciding between the proposals presented.
Elections are held in time and manner, according to
the by-laws and the transitory regulations, and the result of the elections is
presented to the Assembly. There are no objections, it is approved, and the new
Authorities of LAHRS for the 2019-2020 term are proclaimed.
The elected President, Dr. Luis Carlos Sáenz speaks,
expresses his gratefulness, summarizes his aims for the next term, and the
Dr. Roberto Keegan
Dr. Marcio Figueiredo
Elected Vice President
Dr. Luis Carlos Sáenz
Dr. Alejandro Cuesta
Outgoing and elected Treasurer