Romania took the top prizes at the recently concluded 16th Central European Meeting (CEM16) with studies in prostate and renal cancers that impressed jurors with their innovative approaches and fresh perspectives.
“The point differences among the top winners were so close and the quality of work were really impressive. We not only congratulate the hard work involved in these studies but also took note of the dynamic research gains posted in the region,” said CEM16 chairman Dr. Michael Rauchenwald and Profs. Bob Djavan and Michiel Sedelaar during CEM16's closing session. Held in Vienna, the two-day event gathered around 200 participants.
The first prize winners in the best abstract presentations were both from Romania with Bogdan Geavlete winning the Karl Storz first prize for his work titled “Robotic (Avicenna) flexible ureteroscopy in renal stones,” and Bogdan Cheorpeaca bagging the Berlin Chemie first prize for his presentation on “Genomic aspects regarding prostate cancer aggressiveness.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Artur Leminski from Poland won the Young Urologists Competition for his presentation regarding the treatment of muscle invasive bladder cancer in Poland.
Below is the complete list of winners:
Karl Storz Prize
1.Bogdan Geavlete (RO) - Robotic (Avicenna) flexible ureteroscopy in renal stones
2.Filip Kowalski (PL) - Are we ready for watchful waiting and focal therapy in treatment of prostate cancer? Analysis of histological material after radical prostatectomy
3.Christian Mirvald (RO) - Risk of malignancy in complex cystic renal masses (Bosniak category III-IV)
1.Bogdan Cheorpeaca (RO) - Genomic aspects regarding prostate cancer aggressiveness
2.Katarina Otavova (CZ) - Cell surface phenotype of the bladder tumors using ultrasensitive flow cytometry - a feasibility study
3. Jana Jurecekova (SK) - Genome-wide association study of prostate cancer in population of Slovak men
Garcia Roja (SP) - Laparoscopic repair of ileal conduit parastomal hernia using the modified Sugarbaker technique
Young Urologists Competition
1. Artur Leminski (PL) - The treatment of muscle invasive bladder cancer in Poland: Is Central-Eastern Europe facing the same?
2. András Horváth (HU) - HSV guided viral gene therapy in the treatment of bladder cancer
3. Viktor Kovacik (SL) - Slovak Urological Society, lecture of young author: Complex endoscopic treatment of upper urinary tract stones