CEM16: Assessing gains and prospects

06 September 2016

Dr. Michael Rauchenwald

Vienna, for the first time, is the host city from October 7 to 8 for the 16th Central European Meeting (CEM16), known as the EAU’s longest-running regional meeting.  CEM16 will gather veteran and young promising urologists in the Austrian capital to assess current gains and future prospects in urology.

Now on its 16th edition, the CEM is not only the flagship meeting of the EAU’s Regional Office but has earned the reputation as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and critical discussion. Moreover, CEM highlights new research from young urological talents across Europe.

“We are proud to host the annual CEM in Vienna, an event which brings together urology experts not only from the central region but from across Europe,” said Dr. Michael Rauchenwald, chairman of the 16th EAU CEM. “Vienna has not only been at the forefront of progressive developments in medicine, our pioneers have also made significant contributed to the milestones that have shaped modern urology.”

The Scientific Programme will cover the breadth of urology such as uro-oncology, andrology, functional and female urology, infections, urolithiasis, and techniques in reconstructive and minimally invasive urology, among other topics. Current dilemmas and controversies encountered by urologists in the clinical setting, laboratories and in research will also be taken up.

The meeting is also a venue for talented urology researchers to present their findings from new and on-going research enabling them to elicit critical assessment and feedback. “What makes the CEM and other regional meetings a success is the emphasis on critical discussion. By looking into best practices and insights coming from experts and specialists, we get new perspectives which helps refine our own clinical practice and management strategies,” said Rauchenwald.

Besides the panel debates, Country Competitions, plenary sessions and interactive case discussions, abstract poster sessions will be presented with moderation from renowned specialists. Abstract presenters have the chance to discuss with experts on a one-to-one basis the implications of their studies, while at the same time creating professional links with other clinicians and researchers.

As in previous meetings, the meeting will offer courses and laparoscopy training organised by the European School of Urology (ESU) where young urologists can further refine their skills and learn new techniques. Course mentors will be present to provide handy tips and tricks and respond to queries from participants regarding complications, practical problem-solving methods and training opportunities.

The six best abstract presentations will also be recognized with both financial and critical rewards, providing a boost to young researchers and their colleagues. “CEM aims to act as a facilitator of knowledge exchange while serving the interests of urological professionals. It is a necessary bridge that opens ups and guides urologists to opportunities in European urology,” the organisers said.

With the direct feedback from the international faculty and the collegial assessment of the latest clinical and research studies presented during the sessions, Rauchenwald said the meeting will certainly provide a boost to Central Europe’s urological community.

“Although there is a diversity in clinical practice, we stand to benefit as a community if we translate our findings into practical clinical use, and that would be possible if we have a meeting such as CEM which gathers urologists with various perspectives, background and training,” noted Rauchenwald.