Jointed IRAD/GenTAC Aorta meeting in Tromsø, Norway

August 27, 28 and 29 2024

Tromsø Aorta 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2024 jointed IRAD/GenTAC Aorta meeting in Tromsø,Norway

Covid forced a postponed date for our long-awaited rendezvous, but now we have settled for August 27, 28 and 29 2024.

This is just ahead of the European Society of Cardiology Congress held in London.

A particularly exciting setup for this meeting will be the merging of the IRAD and GenTAC groups. Many of you, but definitely not all, are members of both societies and can liaison the exciting merging of mutual interests.

We hope to present the North from its best side next year. August is perfect for an “Introduction to the Arctic”, although maybe not for skiing…. And we will have a very exciting program with sessions on guidelines, updates from ongoing trials, emerging technologies in stent and hybrid interventions and also on the biological aspects of heritable dispositions for dissections.

Hope to see many of you in Tromsø!


Øyvind Jakobsen                         Truls Myrmel        

Head of Aortic Surgery                                                                Professor, Cardiovascular Surgery

Kim Eagle

University of Michigan


Preliminary program Tromsø Aorta 2024

We are planning an updated program with an extended section on the current guidelines including contribution from Eric Isselbacher and Thor Sundt, both from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Also, there will be a section with updates from ongoing trials, like the Sunday trial, a long awaited Scandinavian randomized trial on type B dissections with no apparent complications (the so-called “uncomplicated Bs”). 

We are also looking forward to presentations on the latest in endovascular options and treatments from an interesting faculty featuring amongst others Santi Trimarchi from Milano. And we will have updates on surgery (Joseph Coselli, Houston) and general aspects of dissections (Christoph Nienaber, London).

This time, we are particularly lucky to be joined by GenTAC. Our mutual interests, but different lookout points on aortic disease, will make for exciting discussions and potential discovery of new common grounds.


Welcome to Tromsø!

Truls Myrmel

Sept 8th 2023

Joseph Coselli

Thoralf Sundt III

Eric Isselbacher

Santi Trimarchi

GenTAC Aortic Summit 2024

“The Chairs of the GenTAC Aortic Summit 2024 are pleased to share our August 29th meeting program. Our mission is to share the current knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of genetic aortic disease, to review current best practices related to diagnosis and treatment, and to foster scientific and educational exchange between scientists, institutions, lay organizations and others interested in genetic aortic conditions. Each session will have a combination of invited speakers and interesting debates.”

Kim Eagle

University of Michigan

Bart Loeys

University of Antwerp

Maral Ouzounian

University of Toronto

William Ravekes

Johns Hopkins University

Accommodation - Social Event

Meetingpoint on the Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge is situated right at the water's edge, and its stunning architectural design is beautifully reflected in the water. This is Tromsø´s largest conference hotel, and boasts extensive experience of hosting concerts and all kinds of events, making it a popular choice to celebrate life's biggest moments. With a skybar, The Social Bar & Bistro and our welcoming Living Room concept, the hotel is a natural meeting place here in the Paris of the North!

Book your room through our registration site to get the conference price.

Get Together at

Skirri 27. August

Skirri restaurant in Tromsø is located in super-stylish and modern premises with the city's best view over the harbor and Stortorget.

You will be served delicious Tapas from Northern Norway. 

Price per person: NOK 1100

Barbecue dinner at Sommarøy 28 August

Irad and The Marfan Foundation invite you to a unique barbecue in beautiful surroundings.

Sommarøy is a natural gem by the ocean, at the outer coast just one hour nice drive from Tromsø. A vibrant and traditional coastal community, where hunting, fishing and trapping has been a part of daily life.

Price per person: NOK 1350

How to get to Tromsø Norway

To Tromsø by air

Tromsø Airport (TOS) is located approximately 5 km from the city centre. There are more than 10 daily flights from Oslo to Tromsø. The flight time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.

International flights

Most international flights to Tromsø go via Oslo, but there are direct flights from London-Gatwick, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

By bus from the airport to The Edge

The airport express runs between the airport and Tromsø city centre. It takes approximately 15 min by bus between the airport and the city centre. There are several stops and pick-up points throughout the city. See timetables for the airport express here.

City bus routes 24, 40 and 42 run between the airport and Tromsø city centre. Tickets can be purchased on the bus, but please note cash payments only (NOK), from ticket machines or in the app Troms Billett. Searchtimes for city buses here.

By taxi from the aiport to The Edge

There is also a taxi rank outside the airport terminal as well as several taxi ranks in downtown Tromsø. The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre during the daytime on weekdays is approximately NOK 200.

A higher fare applies on weekends and in the evening/at night.