January 20, 2016

The inaugural Structural Heart Congress hosted more than 100 of Kazakhstan’s top healthcare professionals including cardiologist, neurologist and ultrasound technicians to attend lectures and master-classes given by internationally renowned interventional cardiologists, neurosurgeons and scientists. The National Scientific Cardio Surgery Center in Astana hosted these renowned international physicians and scientists from Ger- 9 NU Magazine | December 2015 - January 2016 many, the UK, Sweden and the United States. The First International Structural Heart Congress (SHC) was co-sponsored by HeartStitch®, Inc.—a medical device company leading the way in technology development for structural heart disease—and in association with Nazarbayev University School of Medicine.

The Congress was held across three days, December 10 to 13, and pursued the following targets: training neurologists to identify and test patients for Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO); training interventional cardiologists on how to perform the procedure; and training ultrasound technicians on the available tests used in PFO diagnoses and assessment. According to Prof. Anthony Nobles, the developer of the NobleStitch suture technology for PFO closure, all this creating networks of fully trained and qualified providers who can help improve the life of many patients across the country “The tremendous response from all over Kazakhstan to attend this successful congress affirmed our commitment and collaboration with HeartStitch to bring the world’s latest medical technologies and innovations to help our patients, and enrich the academic experience of our staff and students,” said Professor Massimo Pignatelli, Dean of Nazarbayev University School of Medicine.

The Congress closed with a gala reception and a keynote by our President Katsu, during which he gave his support and commitment to the collaboration in a moving speech to the participants and staff. Mrs. Bibigul Tulegenova, a legendary world famous opera singer, attended the reception to thank the participants for their work of helping people. A real present was Mrs. Tulegenova's live performance of two songs, followed personal and informal conversations with all participants.