The International Society for Cardiovascular Infectious Diseases (ISCVID) was formed in the late 1980s to bring scientific awareness to this complex and life-threatening clinical condition, infective endocarditis. This is a disease of high morbidity and mortality but with very little organised multinational collaboration. In the early 1990s, this society began holding biennial scientific sessions (International Symposia on Modern Concepts in Endocarditis and Cardiovascular Infections) to bring together the community of endocarditis investigators and help further the study of endocarditis, cardiovascular infections, and complex bacteraemia.
Over the years the need for ISCVID updates has increased with the growing use of implantable medical devices, cardiac electronic devices, and percutaneous heart valves and in the last decade mechanical circulatory support devices, all associated with an increased risk for infective endocarditis and cardiovascular infection. Vascular graft implantation has also emerged as an important cause of infection with a high morbidity and mortality and in need of organized multinational collaboration. International consensus on prevention of all these infections and management of current complex resistance patterns of infection is a key consideration throughout our meetings.
The meeting is organized though scientific presentations, expert lectures, discussions and symposia and explore infections of the cardiovascular system and their treatment. An excellent opportunity is presented for specialists in infectious diseases, cardiology, clinical microbiology, internal medicine, pathology and for cardiovascular surgeons to collaborate on basic and clinical research and discuss the latest scientific knowledge in the management of device infections and complex bacteraemia. Past meetings have been held in Dublin, Rio De Janeiro, Barcelona, Charleston, Naples and Dubrovnik, representing a continued international collaboration of knowledge for close to two decades.
ISCVID is a society founded on the spontaneous and enthusiastic aggregation of physicians and scientists attending its meetings. At present, the society requires no annual subscription by its members and receives its financial support from the registration fees of the attendees at its symposia and the generous contributions of the industries who support a fully independent scientific debate.
Within ISCVID, several large-scale scientific initiatives have been put forward. The most important is the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE) that involves 64 centres in 28 countries around the world. ICE has set the strategy for studying several aspects of IE on a large scale basis and has generated a large amount of scientific data and publications.
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