More than 350 participants expected at CEM 10th Anniversary in Bratislava

19 October 2010

October 2010- More than 350 participants are expected to gather in Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava on Friday, October 22, for the 10th Central European Meeting (CEM), the longest-running regional meeting annually organised by the EAU Regional Office.

“We are proud to host the anniversary meeting of the CEM, the longest-running regional meeting organised by the EAU since 2001. The CEM has always been a well-known venue for young urologists in the region not only to present their newest studies and know-how but also to update themselves of the latest in urology,” said Prof. Jan Breza, chairman of the 2010 CEM.

First held in 2001 in Budapest, Hungary, the 10th CEM is the second to be held in Bratislava since 2002. Other countries where it was held included Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia.

This year more than 350 participants are expected with around 400 already registered for the annual event. A total of 228 abstracts were submitted with the selection committee accepting 179 abstracts and rejecting 48 others. Romania and Poland were the top contributors this year. Nine poster sessions will be held during the one-and-half day event with topics ranging from uro-oncology, stones, female urology, reconstructive urology, incontinence, amongst others.

In the first plenary session issues in rehabilitation strategies after curative cancer treatment will be taken up with experts from across Europe examining chemotherapy, sexual problems after testis cancer treatment, rehabilitation after urinary diversion, to name a few.

Other sessions will tackle prostate cancer, renal cell cancer, common problems in office urology, identifying locally confined high risk prostate cancer and a panel debate regarding the future of open surgery in urology.

For abstract participants, six prizes for the best abstracts and poster presentations will be given by sponsors Richard Wolf and Karl Storz for a total cash prize of €5,000. Last year in Ljubljana, contributors from Romania, Germany and Turkey dominated the awards, with researchers from Romania bagging two of the six prizes.