2013 CMA International Scientific Meeting


Canadian Marfan Association

International Scientific Meeting: Marfan Syndrome and the Classification of Heritable Thoracic Aortic Disorders (HTAD)

 Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

June 22 - 26  

Proudly sponsored by The Temerty Family Foundation

On June 22 to 26, the Canadian Marfan Association hosted an International Scientific meeting in Tuscany, Italy sponsored by The Temerty Family Foundation. Over the last several years, research advancements have brought the emergence of new genetic mutations which predispose individuals to aortic aneurysms and dissections. For this reason, the CMA has expanded it’s scope and is dedicated to serving the overlapping populations of individuals Marfan syndrome and heritable thoracic aortic disorders (HTAD) in Canada.

The objective of this meeting was to develop a classification for HTAD and Marfan syndrome in order to provide accurate diagnosis for patients while consequently resulting in better treatment and management outcomes. The conference brought together international researchers and clinicians to develop treatment guidelines and establish an international genetic consortium.

We are proud to announce the formation of the Montalcino Aortic Consortium, composed of those specialists and researchers present at this meeting, that have committed to work together, collaborate, bring together data, ensuring research moves forward at a faster pace and is further translated to patient care. The working group will invite esteemed colleagues in their fields to join the Montalcino Aortic Consortium at the first post meeting in fall 2013.

This meeting was hosted by the Canadian Marfan Association and funded through a grant by The Temerty Family Foundation and sponsorship by Casa Raia. We are humbled by the continued support of The Temerty Family Foundation who continues to support our mission and realize our vision to save lives and improve the quality of life for patients. 


Participants of the meeting include:


Dr. Dianna Milewicz, Co-Chair

Dr. Reed Pyeritz, Co-Chair

Dr. Irene Maumenee

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy

Dieter Reinhardt, PhD



Dr. Catherine Boileau, France

Dr. Guillaume Jondeau, France

Dr. Julie De Backer, Belgium

Dr. Eloisa Arbustini, Italy

Dr. Rocio Moran, USA

Dr. David Liang, USA

Josephine Grima, PhD, NMF, USA



Jo Paska

Ludmilla Temertey

Eric Coomes

Lisa Iliadis      



Janet Coomes

Nicola Canta

Alida Solomon 





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