Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society: Building an international paediatric electrophysiology organisation

Mitchell Cohen, Shubhayan Sanatani, Elizabeth Stephenson, Jon Skinner, Fabrizio Drago, Andrew Davis, Jan Janousek, Eric Rosenthal, Kathryn K. Collins, John Triedman

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Abstract

The Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES) is a non-profit organisation comprised of individuals dedicated to improving the care of children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. Although PACES is a predominantly North American-centric organisation, international members have been a part of PACES for the last two decades. This year, PACES expanded its North American framework into a broadly expansive international role. On 12 May, 2015, paediatric electrophysiology leaders from within the United States of America and Canada met with over 30 international paediatric electrophysiologists from 17 countries and five continents discussing measures to (1) expand PACES' global vision, (2) address ongoing challenges such as limited resource allocation that may be present in developing countries, (3) expand PACES' governance to include international representation, (4) promote joint international sessions at future paediatric EP meetings, and (5) facilitate a global multi-centre research consortium. This meeting marked the inception of a formal international collaborative spirit in PACES. This editorial addresses some solutions to breakdown the continental silos paediatric electrophysiologists have practiced within; however, there remain ongoing limitations, and future discussions will be needed to continue to move the PACES global international vision forward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1039-1043
Number of pages5
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Electrophysiology
  • international collaboration
  • paediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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