CEM17: Plzeň hosts 17th Central European Meeting

16 October 2017

Current issues in onco-urology, urolithiasis, reconstructive and female urology, among other topics, will be examined in the 17th EAU Central European Meeting (CEM17) to be held in Plzeň, Czech Republic, from 19 to 20 October 2017.

“We will focus on questions we encounter in everyday clinical practice, mainly key issues in onco- urology, urolithiasis, reconstructive and paediatric urology, female urology and voiding dysfunction,” said Prof. Milan Hora (CZ), conference president and Vice-Chairman of the Czech Urological Society (ČUS).  “A special session is going to be dedicated to basic research in urology and will be led by urologists skilled in urological research.”

The two-day meeting will also be unique since it marks the first time the 63rd Annual Conference of the ČUS will incorporate the CEM, highlighting the meeting’s aim to offer active links not only among urologists in Central Europe but also with their colleagues from other countries. Together with ČUS Chairman Prof. Marko Babjuk (CZ) who chairs CEM17’s Scientific Programme, Hora said live surgeries will be presented to demonstrate modern techniques in treating stone disease.

“There will be cases involving techniques such as retrograde intra-renal surgery (RIRS), particularly flexible ureteroscopy, and the combination of RIRS with percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). Moreover, there will be free hands-on training in laparoscopy including E-BLUS testing,” said Hora.

“An annual meeting such as CEM17 is a timely opportunity not only to get the latest updates but is also an initiative to boost and foster good relations with our colleagues whether they are in clinical practice or in research,” said Babjuk, as he noted that CEM17 provides a platform for urologists and other related specialists in the region to exchange expertise, insights and best practices.

To emphasise the international and multi-disciplinary programme, Hora said guest speakers will come from various disciplines. “We look forward to the presentations of special guests such as Dr. O. Hes, (Plzeň, CZ), a pathologist and a member of the WHO group in the 2016 classification of uropathology, and Prof. L. Dušek (CZ), a statistician who will discuss cancer statistics in urology. Both of them will speak during the session “Beyond the Frontiers of Urology,” he said.

A boost to research

The organisers underscored that boosting urological practice in Central Europe can only be possible by providing the right opportunities to young urologists in terms of education, training and by stimulating research initiatives.

“To improve urology in our region, we need to foster the right environment for young urologists and this is not only for clinical practitioners, but also for researchers. With support from regional leaders and from pan-European organisations such as the EAU, we can achieve more,” said Hora.

As in previous CEM events, the session Young Urologist Competition will be held and this year urologists from eight countries will examine a range of topics ranging from prostate and kidney cancer to male incontinence. The competition will involve a 10-member jury who will assess the presentations in terms of content, insights, and presentation style, among others.

Outcomes from new and ongoing research will be highlighted in the abstract sessions and the goals are to link-up researchers and draw attention to innovative work. “Young urologists can present their research to an international audience, and they can introduce their work in such a way that links among researchers will be facilitated. By discussing methodology or the results of their studies with other researchers and their colleagues, we will have a more dynamic discussion and, perhaps, open up new opportunities,” said Hora.

Social programme

The organisers have also prepared a social programme that reflects the strong links among local urologists. The social evening venue will take place at the city’s famous brewery Pilsner Urquell. But besides its fame for brewery, first-time visitors can enjoy Plzeň’s historical sights and legacies such as the gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, the Great Synagogue, or the modern Techmania, an interactive science centre.

CEM is the longest-running among the regional meetings previously organised by the EAU or held in conjunction with the annual meetings of national societies.  CEM has not only attracted experts from across Europe but has also been a traditional venue for the EAU to identify promising young urologists and potential opinion leaders.

For additional details on the Scientific Programme, Registrations and meeting venue, check the related page of this website.