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The Congress was arranged by Tyumen Cardiology Center and co-sponsored by International Cardiac Doppler Society and Russian Society of Arrhythmology. Also it was supported by Russian Chapter of the International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Departments of Health Care, Strategical Development, Education and Science of Tyumen region.

During three days of the meeting there were held
- 2 Plenary Sessions (the 2nd - Joint Session of Russian Society of Arrhythmology, ICDS and European Association of Echocardiography);
- 12 Concurrent Sessions (Joint Session with the Working Group on Echocardiography of the Society of Cardiology of the Russian Federation, Modern Technologies, Coronary Arteries and Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound, Stress-Echocardiography, Transesophageal and Intraoperative Echocardiography, Cardiomyopathies, Valve Disease, Function, 3 Sessions - Russian National Conference on CRT and Cardioversion Defibrillation, Oral Presentations);
- 2 Satellite Symposia (organized by Cordis and Medtronic);
- Daniel Kalmanson’s Award competition for young scientists;
- Poster Presentation Session
88 lectures and oral presentations and 10 poster presentations were delivered.

Total number of active participants at the Congress – 570 from 23 countries (Argentine, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA), including 49 foreign participants and 521 from 18 regions (46 cities) of Russia.
About 50 volunteers – students of the higher educational institutions of Tyumen helped at the Congress.
Number of abstracts published in the Congress Abstract Book – 188. Representatives of 6 countries submitted papers but were not able to attend the Congress (Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Malaysia, Philippines, Ukraine, Uzbekistan).
Total number of countries participated in the preparation and attended the Congress – 29.

Poster presentation session took place within the Congress. The Committee consisted of the Chairman J. Geoffrey Stevenson (Seattle, WA, USA) and 4 members: Pasquale Palmiero (Brindisi, Italy), Michael V. Orlov (Boston, USA), Michael Maysky (Boston, USA), Mikhail R. Sukernik (Hershey, PA, USA). 10 posters were presented at the session, the winners are the following:
1st place – Kasprzak J.D., Lipiec P., Wejen – Mik P., Plachcinska A., Kusmierek J., Krzeminska-Pakula M. (Lodz, Poland)
“Novel Protocol for Dipyridamole Stress Echocardiography Enhanced with Coronary Flow Reserve Study Improves the Diagnostic Value of the Test“.
2nd place – S.V. Vdovenko, V.A. Kuznetsov, D.V. Krinochkin, I.P. Zyrianov, M.V. Semukhin, E.A. Doniy (Tyumen, Russia)
“Ultrasound Evaluation of Pulse Wave Velocity and Coronary Atherosclerosis”.
3rd place – A. Vrublevsky, A. Boshchenko, R. Karpov (Tomsk, Russia)
“Evaluation of Thoracic Aorta Stiffness and Remodelling in Atherosclerosis Using Transesophageal Echocardiography”
The winners received acknowledgements and prizes.

XV World ICDS Congress website www.icds2006.com was created. This bilingual website included not only full set of information about the Congress, host city, industry partners, scientific and social programs but offered participants on-line services such as abstracts submission, registration and accommodation services. Final scientific program, abstract book, responses and opinions about the Congress are still available at the website.

The Congress was organized with the support of the following industry partners: pharmaceutical companies and companies producing medical equipment:

Bayer Medtronic
Berlin Chemie Nycomed
Biosense Webster OMRON Healthcare
Biotronic Philips (Medinvest)
Dalco International Polfa Warszawa S.A.
Implanta (Bosti Group) Sanofi aventis
General Electric Siemens
KRKA SonoSite Ltd
Medicom Vitatron

The official carrier of the Congress was air company Utair.
Moreover about 30 companies provided unprofitable help at the meeting.

The Congress was opened on 24 May 2006 by the military brass band which welcomed the guests at the entry of the Congress venue. Then at the Opening Ceremony the laureate of the international contests, opera singer Irina Bibeeva performed a few compositions.
Extensive social program was prepared for the participants and guests of the Congress.
24 May - Get together Reception. The program included presentation of tour programs of Tyumen region, light snacks and drinks with Russian traditional performances.
25 May - Gala Dinner which was held at the restaurant of rehabilitation center “Siberia”. There were musical program, songs and dances of Gypsies, good cuisine.
26 May - Closing “Jazz & Disco Party” kept in mind by informal atmosphere, good music and dancing as well as refreshments and very special performances.
Also all participants had the possibility to join a city tour, excursions “Lights of Night Tyumen” and “Temples and Churches of Tyumen”.
On 27 May there was arranged a post Congress day tour for faculties to Tobolsk, an ancient Russian city, the former capital of Siberian kingdom, situated in 250 km from Tyumen at the confluence of two biggest rivers – the Tobol and the Irtysh. The program was very rich in excursions and performances and everybody enjoyed it.

At the meeting of ICDS Board of Directors that took place on May 25, 2006 a decision to approve the scientific and organizational level of the XV World ICDS Congress was reached. It was also decided to hold the XVI World Congress of the International Cardiac Doppler Society in conjunction with the Japanese Society of Echocardiography on 10-12 April 2008 in Japan co-chaired by Junichi Yoshikawa, MD and Takashi Akasaka, MD.

 

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