Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC)

28 years of leading cardiovascular medicine in China

English name:Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC)

Chinese name:长城国际心脏病学会议

GW-ICC Vision

Ideal Health, Healthy Aspiration

GW-ICC Mission

Introduction, Innovation, Cooperation, Development

29th GW-ICC Theme

Healthy Heart, Work Hard

GW-ICC Approach

Academic, Open, Leading, Sharing Expertise

GW-ICC Focus

Quality and Service

GW-ICC Scope

Four Strands: Public Welfare, Prevention, Standardization and Innovation

Advocate the Three Returns: Return to Humanities, Return to Clinical, and Return to Basic Skills

GW-ICC Aspirations

Technology Exchange

Interdisciplinary Integration

Extensive Chinese and International Cooperation

Online Information

GW-ICC Chairperson

Founding Chairman (1989 ~ 2014): Professor Hu Dayi

Second Chairman (2015 ~ 2016): Professor Ma Changsheng

Third Chairwoman (2017): Professor Han Yaling

Fourth Chairman (2018): Professor Zhang Jian

1.GW-ICC History

The Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC) was founded by renowned Chinese cardiologist Professor Hu Dayi, and Professor German Di Sciascio in 1989.

After 28 years, from the original meeting with one hundred delegates, GW-ICC has grown into a large conference with more than ten thousand participants, covering the Asia-Pacific area, but with global coverage. The congress has developed from a single discipline to a comprehensive academic programme which covers basics to clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease with multidisciplinary research; from being hosted by a single hospital to co-sponsorship by renowned Chinese and international societies and institutions; from surgery broadcast from a single hospital to more than ten Chinese and international transnational surgery demonstrations; from a traditional meeting format to full multimedia coverage. The development of online network meetings, multimedia interaction and digital conference management has allowed GW-ICC to become a truly international conference covering Chinese, Asian-Pacific and international research.

GW-ICC has led the development of cardiovascular medicine in China, supported the outcomes of the introduction and promotion of new concepts and technologies, strengthened and promoted international cooperation and exchanges and facilitated development of collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry.

Today, GW-ICC and the Asia-Pacific Heart Conference are committed to the prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease; as well as other emerging areas, such as prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases, and to promote the development and training of healthcare professionals.

2. GW-ICC contribution to the development of cardiovascular medicine in China

2.1. Promotion of new technologies

For many years, under the leadership of the founding chairman, Professor Hu Dayi and the second chairman, Professor Ma Changsheng, GW-ICC maintain an open, innovative and reforming attitude, actively expanding the conference, which is the driving force behind the success of GW-ICC.

Since its conception, GW-ICC has always been committed to introducing a variety of internationally leading intervention technologies and new methods to China with continuous promotion and improvement to make them suitable for local conditions.

In addition, the interpretation and implementation of domestic and international clinical guidelines is also an important role of GW-ICC. Over the years, many of the important clinical diagnosis and treatment guidelines developed in China have utilized GW-ICC as the main promotion platform, promoting from Tier III hospitals to primary hospitals, allowing the study and practice of the guidance by many more doctors.

2.2 Advocacy

Since the foundation of the GW-ICC, the congress has always aimed to lead the development of cardiovascular medical trends, to support and develop the future of cardiology developments in China. To this end, GW-ICC continues to introduce and promote new ideas, such as smoking cessation, exercise, rehabilitation, healthy population and e-health services, which has led the development of related disciplines in China.

Nowadays, the concept of evidence-based medical knowledge is widely accepted; GW-ICC played an important role in the dissemination and promotion of evidence-based medicine concepts in China.

2.3 Continued expansion of GW-ICC within China

GW-ICC has developed from a conference with thousands of delegates to its current registration numbers of eighteen thousand participants in 2016. The influence of GW-ICC for Chinese doctors has increased gradually, which relates to the GW-ICC approach of continuous development and innovation.

In the past 28 years, the participants of GW-ICC have expanded from doctors of Tier III hospitals to those of Tier II hospitals. In recent years, more and more doctors from county hospitals or community hospitals have started to attend GW-ICC, demonstrating an extended and deepening influence of GW-ICC in China.

Doctors from all provinces and municipalities, and autonomous regions including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions have attended GW-ICC from the start. Doctors from both urban and rural regions travel thousands of miles to attend the congress, which has inspired GW-ICC committees to develop better and more informative congress sessions and services.

For example, Doctor Zuo Bin, a 95-year-old GW-ICC delegate, from the first people's hospital in Yibin City, Sichuan Province, has attended GW-ICC consecutively since 2002, to participate and learn. On the development of the congress, Doctor Zuo concluded that, ‘firstly, more and more people attend the congress now, from three or four thousand people in the beginning, to now more than ten thousand people attend; secondly, more and more international experts, there weren’t so many foreigners attending the congress; thirdly, the content has become richer and richer; participating in GW-ICC helps to understand progress not only in China, but also the latest international advances’. Doctor Zuo believes that although knowledge can be obtained from books, GW-ICC provides the latest and most interactive insights. Doctor Zuo praised GW-ICC for its role in developing and training new young talent which inspires hope for the future, where GW-ICC will help to train even more medical personnel for China.

2.4  GW-ICC’s international reach

Over the years, it has become a tradition for delegations of important cardiology associations around the world to attend GW-ICC, which is crucial to the pioneering, innovative international focus of GW-ICC.

Presidents of more than ten societies and organizations including the World Heart Federation (WHF), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will lead delegations attending the 28th GW-ICC, to hold join-forums and other academic activities. In addition, ESC @ GW-ICC will bring the latest insights from its annual meeting and interpretation and commentary on their latest guidelines, including programmes for translation and dissemination of these guides within China.

Cooperation with International Societies is not limited to their attendance at GW-ICC. GW-ICC also holds similar academic activities at the annual meetings of these eminent societies, such as GW-ICC @ ACC, GW-ICC @ AHA and GW- ESC, which will introduce some of our important academic achievements internationally, expanding the influence of Chinese academics and research organizations.

3. 28th GW-ICC, Beijing, 2017

The 28th GW-ICC was held on October 12th - 15th, 2017 in Beijing, China. More than 20,000 delegates registered for the congress, which was nearly 15% increase on 2016 numbers. Thirty-two academic associations and twelve international societies participated in the opening ceremony of GW-ICC. There congress staged 67 academic forums, including 19 joint forums, and 278 scientific sessions, including 236 lectures by international speakers. There were 120+ exhibitors, and 60+ media participants.

In addition to the twenty thousand delegates who attended, GW-ICC also broadcast key venue content through live webcasting. The network live broadcast lasted for a total of 59 hours and 39 minutes, with average daily viewers number of more than 7,000 people. For example, in the firstly established county medical forum, 232 county hospital doctors watched the live webcast on the first day of the Congress.

A major feature of GW-ICC in 2017 was the surgical teaching demonstrations. A total of 59 surgical demonstrations, from 13 domestic centers and 2 foreign centers, were presented, covering almost all types of interventional surgeries of the three major areas of coronary intervention, structural heart disease, and cardiac electrophysiology.

During the four-day congress, GW-ICC live studio invited 100 experts, in roundtable discussion, to consider 30 hot topics including heart rehabilitation, Sino-US dialogue, Acute Coronary Syndrome Antithrombotic Strategy, TAVR in China: current situation and future, Sudden cardiac death, green electrophysiology, Internet health, etc. These roundtable events have become an important complement to the main GW-ICC programme, creating a vibrant, in-depth forum for exchange of knowledge and expertise.


Opening ceremony of 28th GW-ICC, Beijing, China, 2017

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