Welcome to the 45th Annual Meeting of the European Pancreatic Club (EPC 2013)
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 45th Annual Meeting of the European Pancreatic Club in Zurich. This meeting will continue the successful tradition of excellent conferences covering the latest developments in the field of pancreatic research.
Our meeting is now less than three months away. As we have published a preliminary program, let us make a few comments and point out some highlights.
We plan a meeting where research and clinical topics are integrated to provide a truly translational approach. The basic scientists should get an understanding of the complex clinical questions and the clinicians should be able to get insights into the intricate networks of the pathophysiology of pancreatic disease.
We selected some topics that have been either neglected or even ignored. One of the highlights is an extended session on pancreas transplantation. We invite you to submit abstracts on questions concerning any topic on transplantation, such as immunological, outcome research, surgical, or comparisons on islet versus whole organ transplantation.
Another highlight is the session on pathology helping us guide clinical decisions by integrated evidence from genetics to cancer morphology. It will also be interesting to follow the continuing debate on the relevance of experimental cancer models versus human cancer research.
Furthermore, in a more clinically oriented session we want to provide a platform for novel diagnostic approaches, and foster a debate on the value of stenting in cancer.
Participants of the Pancreas 2000 courses will meet and present at the YOUPPIE session. After the session, the ‚YOUPPIEs’ are invited for a drink on a relaxing location at the lake. We hope there will be a big turn-out at a fun place.
Finally, on Saturday, June 29, 2013 we plan a meeting on ‘Pancreatic Regeneration and Repair’. This meeting will provide an overview with state-of-the-art lectures in the pancreas. It will benefit from lectures on regeneration and repair in other organs. Abstracts fitting these topics will be selected (from the EPC-meeting) for short oral presentations.
For the benefit of the medical professionals, we are happy to announce that the UEMS has approved 15 CME credit points for the regular EPC-meeting. An application for CME points covering the Symposium is still pending.
Our local organizing committee is keen to welcome you soon in Zürich.
With warm regards,