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The 22nd Congress of the Polish Society of Rheumatology

Reumatologia 2014; 52, 6: 410–415
Online publish date: 2014/11/30
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Congresses of the Polish Society of Rheumatology are organized every third year in various Polish cities. The city of Katowice has hosted the Congress three times. The first meeting of Polish rheumatologists in Katowice took place in 1954. It was the 5th Congress of the Society. In 1976, the 12th Congress of the Polish Society of Rheumatology was the second Congress organized in the city of Katowice. Forty years after the 5th Congress in 1954, once again, the city became “the capital” of Polish rheumatology.
The 22nd Congress of the Polish Society of Rheumatology was organized for the first time under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.
The Opening Ceremony took place in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Katowice. The Band of the Coal Mine “Wesoła” in traditional miners’ uniforms played the National Anthem, and participants of the Congress were greeted by Prof. Eugeniusz J. Kucharz, president of the Society (term 2014–2017) and chairman of the Organizing Committee, as well as by Prof. Piotr Wiland, former president of the Society (term 2011–2014).
The Opening Ceremony was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Katowice, Mrs. Anna Siejna, and a representative of the President of the Silesian Medical Chamber, Dr. Rafał Kiełkowski.
The Congress in Katowice was attended by the Director of the Institute of Rheumatology in Warsaw, Dr. Piotr Bednarski.
An invitation to take part in the Congress was accepted by the president-elect of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), Prof. Gert Rüdiger Burmester, the president of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Prof. Joseph Flood, and the president of the League of Euro-Asian Rheumatologists (LEAR), Prof. Galymzhan Togizbayer. It was a historical moment when leaders of three large associations of rheumatologists attended the Congress of the Polish Society of Rheumatology.
After the welcome address, Prof. Piotr Wiland, the former president, summarized achievements of the last three years of the Society, and Prof. Eugeniusz J. Kucharz, the current president, presented an outline of his perspective on the future activity of the Polish Society of Rheumatology.
The highest distinction of the Polish Society of Rheumatology, an honorary membership and the Medal of the Society, were awarded to six eminent Polish rheumatologists. The following rheumatologists received the honorary membership: Gerard...

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