Welcome to the 2019 annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Nephrology in Interlaken. This is the 51st annual meeting of the SSN and therefore we celebrate the 50th birthday of our society this year.
The traditional CME on Wednesday is organized by the Scientific Commission and chaired by Gregoire Würzner and Olivier Devuyst. Expect interesting talks on the topic of “Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders”. In parallel, we offer a hands-on renal ultrasound refresher course for residents in training. There is a limit of 20 participants and a small fee for the hands-on course.
For the main program, we have invited speakers working at the edge of renal replacement therapy. Nathan W. Levin and his wife Linda Donald, New York, will present their project “Easy Water for Everyone”, i.e. using dialysis filters to provide clean drinking water for remote villages in Ghana. Rheopheresis, a therapeutic option not yet available in Switzerland will be presented by Thomas Robert on Thursday.
Looking even further into the future, Inge Katrin Herrmann from the Nanoparticles System Engineering Laboratory (ETH Zürich) and EMPA will discuss future possibilities of magnetic blood purification.
A special satellite symposium for nurses will be held in parallel to the main program with interesting talks from all regions of Switzerland and a workshop on the use of ultrasonography for fistula cannulation. As in previous years, these talks will be open for physicians as are the talks of the main program for nurse.
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.
Please join us for our 50th birthday celebration, honoring the four remaining founders of our society on Friday morning. In addition, Ernst Leumann will also become an honorary member of our society for his outstanding contribution to pediatric nephrology.
Looking forward to seeing you in Interlaken.
Dominik Uehlinger Patrick Wilson
Co-congress presidents SGN-SSN 2019