HIGHER STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
On behalf of the Organizing Committee I am very happy to welcome you all to the EUROGIN 2012 Conference.
EUROGIN gathers 1 500 participants from 80 countries worldwide. We have accepted almost 500 abstracts which will be presented during the 5 training courses, 14 main scientific sessions, 19 scientific sessions, and 10 free communications and poster sessions.
This year the conference pursues the following three main objectives:
1.The first is the provision of a training program to our OBGYN colleagues from Central and Eastern Europe, where cervical cancer poses serious problems with inadequate screening and erratic vaccination.
2. Secondly, a multidisciplinary approach is needed to develop exchanges and sharing of experience with clinicians in associated fields who are increasingly confronted with HPV related diseases, many of whom lack screening tools and knowledge.
Head and neck specialists report a phenomenal increase in incidence of oropharyngeal and HPV-associated cancers. Gastroenterologists are seeing more HPV-associated anal cancers in at risk populations such as homosexual men, or HIV positive or immunosuppressed individuals, with high associated mortality and morbidity rates. And dermatologists are commonly reporting HPV-associated cancers such as skin cancers which are widespread in immunosuppressed individuals. Research in these areas will be presented during the conference and paves the way for discussions about the extension of vaccination programs to include boys, and cost-benefit strategies for large scale implementation.
3. The third area to be addressed during this conference is one of EUROGIN’s main priorities – the implementation of training programs for health professionals and public education. The research being performed is wasted if health professionals, patients and the health authorities are not aware of the importance of prevention, and do not work towards eliminating prejudice and ingrained ideas. Two ambitious teaching projects are envisaged for health professionals.
- An online training program on HPV associated pathologies has been designed for health workers involved in screening, prevention and care. The program is multilingual, free, fun and easy to use, and has been accredited by the European Accreditation CME Council.
- And the fourth EUROGIN Roadmap prepared by 14 international experts, which reviews current knowledge and new strategies for screening and prevention of cervical cancer and non-genital HPV pathologies, has also recently been made available online. Please do not forget to drop in the corresponding form in the collection box at the registration desk to receive the EUROGIN 2012 Roadmap and information on the multilingual e-learning CME project.
- For the general public, the WACC forum unites international associations involved in women’s health, allowing exchange and sharing of knowledge gained from research and experience. We hope you will take full advantage of the outstanding programme and the opportunity to interact with your colleagues, to share knowledge and to exchange experience.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of those who have worked so hard to make this meeting an exceptional event.
We very much appreciate the support that we have received in these efforts and trust that all interested parties will continue to contribute to the achievements of higher standards of practice. I wish you a wonderful experience and an enjoyable stay in Prague.
Chairman of the Scientific Committee