14th CEM to tackle regional challenges, new trends in uro-oncology

03 September 2014

With an emphasis on regional challenges in urology and how the latest advances in treatment affect local developments and practice, the 14th Central European Meeting (CEM) will present a compact, in-depth programme from October 10 to 12 in Cracow, Poland.

“Uro-oncology, minimally invasive cancer treatment, as well as new perspectives on multidisciplinary approaches in malignant urological diseases will be among the meeting’s highlights,” said Prof. Piotr Chlosta, chairman of the 14th CEM.

“This year we will also have the close involvement of the EAU’s affiliates and offices such as the European School of Urology (ESU), the EAU Section of Oncological Urology (ESOU), EAU Section of  Uro-Techonology (ESUT) and the European Urological Scholarship Programme (EUSP), ” added Chlosta, who lauded the close collaboration among these offices.

Topics such as new strategies in prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, the suitability and impact of robotic technology, management of fertility and medical treatment for kidney stones are a few of  the issues that will be examined in debates, state-of-the-art lectures, roundtable discussions and other plenary activities.

The longest-running event annually organised by the EAU Regional Office under the chairmanship of Prof. Bob Djavan, the CEM will also underscore regional issues and show the emergence of new talents through country contests, abstract and poster sessions and hands-on training in laparoscopy and robotics.

“Last year’s successful meeting in Prague showed the accomplishments of a new generation of talented surgeons in Central  Europe. The CEM is known to strongly support and recruit upcoming urologists and we are proud of their participation in our meetings,” said Chlosta.

He added that through the support of the EAU, events like the CEM have contributed to the dynamism of regional developments, and this trend can only be sustained if strong partnerships are nurtured.

“A more dynamic scientific and professional cooperation within the national societies as well as their effective collaboration with international groups such as the EAU is certainly needed to maintain this growth,” Chlosta said. “The Regional Meetings have indeed inspired the enthusiasm of many young urologists and specialists, which can only have a positive impact on scientific activities.”

The CEM returns to Poland for the third time, one of the many countries that have actively supported the meeting in the last decade. “The contacts among Polish urologists and their counterparts in other European regions are really good,” noted Chlosta as he added that these contacts often lead to joint research and other professional exchanges.

For young urologists, the CEM also provides the opportunity for them to present their studies. Winners in the abstract presentations will not only be financially rewarded but will also be invited to present their poster at the 30th Annual EAU Congress in Madrid, from March 20-24, 2015. Moreover, qualified young urologists will also have the opportunity to apply for fellowships in various specialties.

Registration is ongoing. For other details on the 14th CEM, visit the meeting website >