International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
Newsletter Vol 5 - No 1 | April 2021
Journal of Vascular Anomalies (JoVA)
An open access multi-disciplinary journal
This has been an exciting first year for the Journal of Vascular Anomalies (JoVA) as a number of high-quality, and variety of, manuscripts were submitted for review and publication. Thanks to the speed and insightful suggestions by our amazing reviewers, associate editors and editorial board, JoVA is now moving gracefully toward Pubmed Central within the first year of existence.
JoVA was conceived by ISSVA, with thoughtful direction by the ISSVA Board of Directors, as the first and only journal of its kind dedicated to the investigation of vascular anomalies. There was an intellectual void in the medical literature and general public that now JoVA can fill as a specified open access journal where articles can be both viewed and shared at no cost.
The foundation has been built, the first articles published, and JoVA continue to receive wonderful and intelligent manuscripts from our readers and ISSVA members from all disciplines. Thank you for your investment, trust, and dedication to JoVA as we embark this journey together to publish leading articles on our platform in the vascular anomalies space. I am personally honored to be your Editor-in-Chief and look forward to reading and publishing your best original research, basic science, state of the art reviews, and case reports. The lasting effect of your publication in JoVA on other research, education, patient outcomes, and JoVA’s impact factor is priceless. See Our Current Issue Online.
Finally, I would like to make a few supportive comments on Open Access publication. Thanks to the generous support by ISSVA, JoVA continues to provide a discounted rate to ISSVA members to help cover the nominal editorial and peer review related costs.
Open Access (OA) publications (learn more about Open Access Journals on our website):
Are a 21st Century approach to publishing scholarly material.
Gresham T. Richter, MD FACS FAAP
Editor in Chief, Journal of Vascular Anomalies
All ISSVA members are encouraged to submit details of their multidisciplinary team for listing on the ISSVA website. You will soon receive an email inviting you to submit, but you may also Submit Your Multi-Disciplinary Team Here.
A team environment is the optimum setting for managing the complex problems which arise in treating vascular anomalies. For some time ISSVA has been keen to provide a listing on its website of multidisciplinary teams around the world. This will be of benefit to patients and to primary care physicians, letting them know where multidisciplinary care is available. It will also be helpful for members to know where to direct patients who travel or migrate, and just to better know the worldwide vascular anomalies community.
Of course, just being in a multidisciplinary team does not guarantee high quality care. ISSVA recognizes this, and will be working over the coming months on how quality of care can be defined and evaluated. There are limitations on what a society like ours can do in this space, without physically visiting each team, something which may never be possible with the resources available. What we should be able to do, however, is define what good care looks like, and create a framework for individual teams to assess how what they do measures up. We hope that listing your team will be a first step towards improving the care of vascular anomalies worldwide.
In the meantime, we do believe that just working in a multidisciplinary team has beneficial effects on the delivery of care which can be significant, especially if all members of the team participate fully and seek out education opportunities. Reaching out to team members who are not yet members of ISSVA and encouraging them to participate in educational opportunities will be an important part of this process. We encourage coordinators to sign as many team members as possible (and to become members of ISSVA!).
Upcoming ISSVA Meetings
2021: Debates & Updates Meeting (Virtual): 13-15 May 2021
2022: ISSVA World Congress (Vancouver, Canada): 10-13 May 2022
The first “Debates & Updates” meeting is only about one month away! This educational meeting will be offered in the years between our Congresses and we are proud to present our “Debates & Updates” meeting virtually from 13-15 May 2021. This three-day online meeting will include talks about genetics, basic research, novel therapies and debates in the evaluation and management of patients with vascular anomalies. Controversial issues and cases have been selected by the ISSVA Meetings Committee in order to create a program that offers our attendees presentations intermingled with challenging cases, followed by a lively, healthy discussion between speakers, moderators and registrants.
Other Meetings of Interest
In keeping with the ISSVA policy, and with the approval of its Board of Directors, we announce the following meetings. This does not indicate an endorsement or sponsorship of these meetings:
|14 August 2021
|GEST 2021 Vascular Malformations Focus Day
For information, visit: GEST 2021 Website
|06-07 October 2021
|ICVMPVA 2021: 15. International Conference on Vascular Medicine and Pathogenesis of Vascular Anomalies
For information, visit: ICVMPVA 2021 Website
|06-08 October 2021
|Vascular malformations: From fundamental biology to therapeutic opportunities
For information, visit: EMBO Workshop