The Second Thoracic Aortic Disease Summit was held on 1 and 2 August 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, just before the National Marfan Foundation Annual Meeting on 2–5 August. The Summit was held to share new findings from Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions (GenTAC) and the research community, to discuss the current information regarding disease pathogenesis, progression and treatment and to identify future directions for both GenTAC and the field.

Tom Treasure presented “A measured and conserving approach to the Marfan aortic root by use of a customised external support”.