Abstract contributors from Poland dominated the list of winning abstracts at the recently concluded 4th North Eastern European Meeting (NEEM) in Riga, bagging four of the six available best abstract awards given by Karl Storz and Richard Wolf.
Author Marta Pokryeczynska of Bydgoszcz, Poland won the first prize Karl Storz Award, while her colleague Piotr Petrasz from Szczecin, Poland received the equivalent prize from Richard Wolf. Their studies topped the 86 submitted abstracts presented at the 4th NEEM. This year Poland and Turkey submitted the most number of abstracts reflecting the same trend in 2009 when the two participants from the two countries also submitted the most number of abstracts.
Pokryeczynska won for her work titled ‘Tissue engineering of the urinary bladder: Trophic effects of mesenchymal stem cells in reconstruction of the rat bladder wall,” (Abstract Nr. N48) which the jury said stood out for its innovative approach.
Petrasz, meanwhile, got the jury’s nod for his work titled ‘The hemostasis of the lodge after resected tumour as an important factor for the intra-and postoperative course after laparoscopic kidney tumorectomy,’ (Abstract Nr. N74).
Karl Storz second prize winner went to host city Riga with Igor Tsarev’s study on “Global sperm DNA methylation comparison in fertile and infertile men: preliminary results,’ (Abstract Nr. N24). Bagging the third prize from Karl Storz was the study ‘Transdermal electromotive administration (EMDA) with Dexamethasone and Verapamil in patients with Peyronie’s disease’ by Krajka Przemyslaw of Gdansk, Poland.
Breaking the Polish hold was the joint Russian-German study titled ‘A new optimized method for fixation of prostate core needle biopsy specimens’ (Abstract Nr. N15) which won the second prize from Richard Wolf. Presenting author Alexey Pryalukhin received the award in behalf of his colleagues from St. Petersburg, Russia and Braunschweig, Germany.
The third prize from Richard Wolf went to Piotr Swiniarski of Bydgoszcz, Poland, with his study ‘Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (TmLEP) versus transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP): evaluation of early results,’ (Abstract Nr. N70).
Prof. Walter Artibani and Dr. Egils Vjaters led the award ceremony and both noted the high quality of the submitted abstracts. Abstract contributions came from Austria, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Iran, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Out of the 96 submitted, 86 passed the screening for presentation in Riga, Latvia.
All accepted abstracts were published in a special abstract supplement series of the journal European Urology which are sent to all EAU members and journal suscribers.
Editorial note: Read the winning abstract at the Conference News section of this website
Richard Wolf 1st Prize Awardee Piotr Petrasz (middle) flanked by Prof. Artibani (left) and Dr. Egils Vjaters (right).