Due to Covid-19, the 19th International Conference on Behçet’s Disease is postponed for 2021. We will inform you soon about the exact date with a new announcement.
Dear Behçet’s Disease Clinical and Scientific Community Colleagues,
We are writing first of all to extend our best wishes to you all and your Families during the COVID-19 world crisis, in the hope that you all stay safe. Having sought the views of the ISBD Executive Committee, and of the local Organizing Committee, there is a general agreement that we have no choice but to cancel the meeting in Athens this year. The members of the organizing team have already worked hard to create a great academic programme, and our thanks go to them all. The plan now is to roll the programme on to a later date, when, in happier times, we can meet in Athens, share data, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Hopefully that will be next year.
Dorian Haskard, President of International Society for Behçet’s Disease
Petros Sfikakis, President of the 19th International Conference on Behçet’s Disease
Greece has been home to medicine, as ancient Greek medicine was the basis of modern scientific medicine.
The participants will address symptoms, side effects, treatments current research efforts for Behcet’s whereas patients and their families will gain valuable knowledge from dedicated sessions.
The Summit will be held at the Royal Olympic hotel in the heart of Athens and its historic centre, in front of the Temple of Zeus and National Garden.
It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 19th International Conference on Behçet’s Disease, which will be held on July 9-11th, 2020 in Athens, Greece under the auspices of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.
Greece is the cradle of medicine, as Hippocrates, one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece and transformed it to science, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology with which it had traditionally been associated. Thus, Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine and his name is still very much associated with medicine today with the ‘Hippocratic Oath’. Inspired by Plato’s “Symposium” it is a great honor to welcome you to Athens, the historical capital of Europe for the 19th International Conference on Behçet’s Disease.
The Conference, which is the major educational and scientific event on Behçet’s disease, will provide high quality contributions on a wide range of topics including clinical practice and innovations as well as basic science. Young physicians will have the opportunity to obtain inspiration and experience from renowned experts. The participants will address symptoms, side effects, treatments and current research efforts in the field.
Athens is home of democracy, philosophy and theater. The historic center of Athens is an open-air museum, yet the city’s cultural and social life takes place amid these ancient landmarks, merging past and present. Most importantly, its welcoming and hospitable culture and people make every visitor feel at home. Accessibility is key in Athens with the multi-awarded Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the fastest-growing airports globally. In addition, the state-of-the-art transportation network, including Metro, Bus, Tram, Train, Trolleybus and expansive highways, allows for an easy and quick transportation. Easily accessible from Piraeus port are numerous islands, one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for tourists all around the world. It is a unique opportunity for delegates to combine intensive days of state-of-the-arts scientific lectures in the hometown of one of the most important ancient civilizations with an unforgettable holiday in the breathtaking Greek archipelago.
For further information you can visit our website www.behcet2020athens.com which will constantly be kept updated with information regarding the 19th Conference.
On behalf of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease and the Local Organizing Committee I look forward to welcoming you in Athens in July 2020.
Petros P. Sfikakis, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine & Rheumatology Dean, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School President of the 19th International Conference on Behçet’s Disease
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