With great pleasure we would like to invite you all to the 54th Annual Congress of the Swiss Society of Nephrology at the well-known venue in Interlaken. We all do not know how the Coronavirus pandemic will evolve, but we really hope that we will be able to meet you all in person this year. Individual and personal exchange has been lacking the last two years, and by this experience we have learnt how important and valuable it really is.
We have been working with a small group of colleagues including Sophie de Seigneux and Seraina von Moos to organize a congress fostering interactions and innovation. We are proud to announce a number of excellent keynote speakers: Prof. David Cooper will join us from Boston and give an update on the recent advances in xenotransplantation – he being one of the icons in this field for several decades. Prof. Claudio Ronco will give his new insights in renal replacement therapies in his talk "The promise of absorption – going from wearable devices to water-free dialysis". Prof. Pierre Delanaye from Belgium will introduce us to his research on assessment of renal function and renal aging. Last, but not least, Prof. Lauren Clark will join us from the new Institute of implementation science at Zurich University and tell us, how we can do better in translating our research achievements in real advances for our patients.
We will introduce a number of novel presentation formats for abstracts and case reports – moving away from traditional poster walks. Join us for the innovative pecha-kucha sessions and elevator pitches and help to choose the prize winners together with us! Also, the Young Swiss nephrologist's picture challenge will again be part of the program, and our young colleagues will also present a special attraction during the Apero on Thursday evening.
So, many surprises are awaiting you. Just join in and enjoy this year's SGN/SSN meeting!
Thomas Fehr & Pietro Cippà
Co-presidents of the congress