Focus on regional trends: EAU 7th South Eastern European Meeting (SEEM)

13 October 2011

The most recently concluded urological research studies and newest trial results in southern Europe will be examined in the EAU 7th South Eastern European Meeting (SEEM) which will open on Friday, 14 October in Skopje.

Around 138 abstracts, from the 161 submitted to the event, will be presented and discussed in nine sessions spread over the two-day meeting. The submitted abstracts cover various issues in andrology, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer, paediatric and female urology, urolithiasis, bladder cancer and urethral surgery, renal cancer and renal transplantation, among other topics.

“The region has seen rapid changes and development in recent years, and this prompts many of our colleagues in the Balkans and South Eastern Europe, in general, to update their practices and hone their skills,” said Prof. Zhivko Popov chairman of the EAU 7th South Eastern European Meeting. “The SEEM certainly plays a role in providing a venue where we can share and exchanged practical knowledge and results.”

According to organisers around 250 participants have so far registered for the event with additional on-site registrations expected during the opening. They added that every year the SEEM attracts a good number of participants due to the coverage of the discussions and plenary sessions. The event also draws the most active participation from both young and mid-career urologists, making the SEEM one of the region’s most widely anticipated meetings.

Three plenary sessions will be held covering a range of topics and updates in prostate and renal cancers and andrology. State-of-the-art lectures will feature updates on iatrogenic injury of the ureter, managing vascular anomalies in kidney transplantation, antenatal hydronephrosis and surgical treatment for female stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Many of the submitted abstracts are focused on prostate cancer, stones and andrology that organisers have to set-up extra sessions on these topics. Some of the participants actively contributing to the abstract sessions come from Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Iran.

Awards for Best Poster Presentations will be granted at the end of the plenary sessions on Saturday, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Karl Storz and Richard Wolf. Six awards will be handed out by Professors Popov and Michael Marberger, chairman of the EAU Regional Office.

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