Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We would like to cordially welcome you to the 23rd International Meeting of the Pediatric Colorectal Club in Prague, Czech Republic, held in the year of the 100th anniversary of the death of Harald Hirschsprung (1830-1916) and under the auspices of the President of the Senate of the Czech Parliament and the Prague Municipality.
The International Meeting of Pediatric Colorectal Club represents the most important annual event for all pediatric surgeons who are interested in colorectal malformations and diseases in children. Congenital malformations and diseases of the colon and rectum in children represent a specific challenge to pediatric surgeons as well as specialized nurses and parents. The International Meeting of the Pediatric Colorectal Club provides a high standard of continual medical education in pediatric colorectal surgery including up-to-date clinical and scientific information from clinical studies and research.
More than 120 delegates from 35 countries are participating in this year´s meeting. We have no doubts that the scientific committee under the leadership of Professor Puri put together an interesting scientific program. We very much appreciate their work as well as the contributions of all active participants.
Although the founding fathers of the Pediatric Colorectal Club still firmly maintain the traditional form of its international meetings, new ideas and forms are up-and-coming. We are going to continue the session of clinical case discussion that was introduced in Milan and appreciated by many delegates. We are offering an electronic form of poster sessions to eliminate crowded delegate groups in poster -rows during the poster walk sessions as well as difficulties with the transport and placement of posters.
For the first time in its history, the meeting will be held in Prague, Czech Republic. Prague has for centuries been a melting pot of Slavic, German, Jewish and Italian cultures and a symbolic intersection point of Byzantine and Western European influence. It is the seat of the Central Europe's oldest university and medical faculty (1348).
Because of its geographic location, Prague is regarded as the heart of Europe. Boasting a skyline of numerous towers, Prague is also called the city of a hundred spires. Prague is unique in its Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as in its music and cultural life.
After the official program you can enjoy romantic walks across Charles Bridge with a magnificent view of Prague Castle or you can explore the narrow streets of the mysterious Old Town and Jewish Quarter with its Gothic synagogue and cemetery.
We hope that, through your participation in the the 23rd International Meeting of the Pediatric Colorectal Club, you will gain new professional knowledge and impressive memories of our city.
Prof. Richard Škába & Dr. Lucie Poš