It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 50th annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Nephrology in Interlaken. For this commemorative meeting, we have introduced a series of new sessions, as well as special events.
On Wednesday, the CME will be organized by the Working Group on Nutrition. In addition, we are introducing a hands-on course on renal ultrasonography, free of charge but on a first-come first-served basis.
As to the main program, we followed your suggestions and increased the number of plenary lectures, covering the wide spectrum of nephrology. For this year: John Feehally (Past ISN President) will give us a historical and scientific overview on IgA Nephropathy; Tobias Huber (Hamburg) will take us on a fascinating journey about glomerulopathies; whereas Anna Köttgen (Freiburg) will discuss how genetic studies can help us to understand the normal and diseased kidney.
In the era of data science, we have introduced a special session on Swiss cohorts and registries, illustrating excellence of Swiss research in these fields. On Friday afternoon, the meeting will end with the popular session summarizing hot topics in nephrology in 2018.
Friday will also be dedicated to nurses-oriented sessions with talks from the three linguistic regions of Switzerland. We have selected themes which concern both nephrology nurses and nephrologists, such as resilience and transcultural competence.
We encourage you to attend the oral presentations and poster sessions, reflecting the vivid scientific activity of the swiss nephrology community and the SSN members. The usual poster walk takes place on Thursday evening. Also, our industry partners have taken great care to support the society meeting and to sponsor symposia with high scientific value that should attract a wide audience.
This year, don’t miss the special Friday morning ceremony awarding three honorary members for their outstanding contribution to adult and pediatric nephrology: Heini Murer, Bernard Rossier and Jean-Pierre Guignard. Last but not least, the group “Prima Carezza” will accompany us during the apero and gala dinner with salon music, prior to the dance floor after dinner.
We are looking forward to seeing you again in Interlaken.
Uyen Huynh-Do and Olivier Devuyst
Co-congress presidents SGN-SSN 2018