The 14th EAU Central European Meeting (CEM) held in Cracow, Poland from 10-12 October, was an illustration of the high level of urological clinical care and scientific research in the region. Prof. Bob Djavan (Vienna, AT), Chairman of the EAU Regional Office, praised the high number of submitted abstracts, as well as their quality, and proclaimed that urology in Central Europe is "at Western European standards."Djavan mentioned in his opening address that the value of this meeting lies in the opportunity it provides to identify key opinion leaders from Central Europe, to offer young urologists in the region a bridge to the Annual EAU Congress, and, most importantly, to strengthen the urological network.
Prof. Piotr Chlosta (Cracow, PL), Chairman of the 14th CEM, agreed with Djavan and said he is satisfied with the quality of the scientific programme and proud of the support he has gotten to organise this meeting. He stressed that it is the satisfaction of the participants that determines the success of any meeting.
Attendees of the meeting were offered a full programme with state-of-the-art lectures on for instance prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer; as well as hands-on training sessions, poster sessions, a newly-introduced video session on various laparoscopic techniques of partial nephrectomy, and a Young Urologists Competition.
The most promising young urologists were awarded with Best Poster Awards. The winners get to present their research at the 30th Anniversary Congress in Madrid. Seven urologists were given the opportunity to represent their country and present their work during the Young Urologists Competition. The universally acknowledged high level of the work of all awardees underscored Djavan’s conclusion.
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