Dear all,

We are pleased to inform you that we have finalized the schedule for TOPIC 2018, which will be the 15th TOPIC meeting. TOPIC 2017 was very successful and more than 3,000 people attended, despite it being held only 2 weeks after the general meeting of the Japanese Association of Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics in Kyoto. We thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation, which have made a great contribution to the 15-year history of TOPIC.

The main purpose of TOPIC is to improve the success rate of PCI for complicated lesions, especially CTOs. In this field where both strategies and perspectives are evolving rapidly, we hope that our discussion of new PCI strategies helps to improve intervention in daily practice. For the live demonstrations, we will continue in principle to show all procedures without interruption by making use of subsidiary screens.

In recent years, percutaneous intervention procedures have made considerable progress not only for coronary artery disease but also for peripheral arterial disease, valvular heart disease, and aortic disease. Since the latter diseases will become major indications for percutaneous intervention in the future, we will be actively adopting these subjects for live demonstrations, video sessions, and symposia at TOPIC 2018.

With the aim of educating interventional fellows and comedical personnel, TOPIC meetings have always included programs for these attendees, which have received favorable comments every year. Among them, the workshops for interventional fellows were always full despite being held at a larger hall last year. We consider it to be of the greatest importance to increase the interest of younger cardiologists in percutaneous intervention and to motivate them to master various percutaneous techniques. TOPIC 2018 will include various programs that will give younger cardiologists an opportunity to learn about percutaneous intervention. Case reports are valuable for promoting self-learning and for communicating experience about challenging patients. Therefore, we will expand the current case report program, particularly for younger cardiologists.

Outside Japan, use of percutaneous intervention has continued to expand and it has become widespread. However, the current status varies from country to country, depending on the national medical environment as well as the local needs and pharmacoeconomic evaluation of percutaneous intervention. Hence, we will be inviting many experts from overseas to give lectures on the status of percutaneous intervention at TOPIC 2018, with the hope that their input will guide us to further improve the prospects of percutaneous intervention in Japan.

TOPIC 2018 will be held from July 12 (Thursday) to July 14 (Saturday) at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, which is the same venue as in previous years. While keeping the current popular features of the meeting, we are also aiming to evolve into something more powerful. We would greatly appreciate your attendance at TOPIC 2018.

Best regards.

TOkyo Percutaneous cardiovascular Intervention Conference

  Course Directors
  Yasushi Asakura
  Yasushi Asakura, M.D
  Hakujikai Memorial Hospital
  Toshiya Muramatsu
  Toshiya Muramatsu, M.D
  Tokyo General Hospital
  Masato Nakamura
  Masato Nakamura, M.D
  Toho University Ohashi Medical Center
  Masahiko Ochiai
  Masahiko Ochiai, M.D
  Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital