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The 11th Central European Congress of Rheumatology

Eugeniusz J. Kucharz

Online publish date: 2017/04/28
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Twenty years after the first congress of rheumatologists from Central Europe, which took place in Piešťany (Slovakia), the 11th Central European Congress of Rheumatology was organised in Prague on 8th–10th December, 2016. The Congress was a joint event of seven rheumatological societies from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The presidents of the societies were members of the organising committee chaired by Jiří Vencovský and were supported by the local organising committee of their Czech colleagues. The Congress was organised under the patronage of Svatopluk Němeček from the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
All Congress events took place in Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague. The opening ceremony was chaired by Jiří Vencovský and Karel Pavelka. The opening lectures were delivered by Steffen Gay (“Epigenetics regulating our cells and mind in health and disease”) and Renate E. Gay (“Mentoring in the global world of science”). The program of the Congress consisted of general sessions and satellite symposia as well as poster sessions. General sessions were organised by the national societies, and their lectures were supplemented by oral presentations of selected poster papers from various countries. The following general sessions were presented: Systemic sclerosis, Cardiovascular manifestations of rheumatic diseases, Environmental factors, Psoriatic arthritis and Vasculitis. Malignancy and rheumatic diseases, Epidemiology, Antiphospholipid syndrome, and Early and easy access rheumatology. The Polish Society for Rheumatology organised the session on malignancy and epidemiology. The following lectures were delivered during the session: “Rheumatic diseases and malignancy: from bench to bedside” (Eugeniusz J. Kucharz), “Paraneoplastic syndromes in rheumatology” (Przemysław Kotyla), and “Prevalence and clinical characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis in Poland” (Bogdan Batko, Marcin Stajszczyk, Jerzy Świerkot, Filip Raciborski, and Piotr Wiland; lecture delivered by Piotr Wiland). Additionally, during the session the following papers were presented: “The efficacy of stopping biologicals in patients with spondyloarthopathy” (Małgorzata Tłustochowicz, Joanna Kur-Zalewska, Anna Raczkiewicz, Bartłomiej Kisiel, Witold Tłustochowicz; presented by Anna Raczkiewicz, Poland), “Neoplasms in rheumatoid arthritis – our experience” (Ana Gudelj-Gračanin, Ivan Marković,...

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