Dear ESPO2012 participants and friends
On behalf of our organizing committee and the ESPO Board we thank all ESPO2012 participants, in particular the presenters, instructors, moderators, chairmen and reviewers, for contributing to the success of ESPO2012.
The theme of ESPO2012 was “Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology: from experience-based to evidence-based practice”. Although clinical experience and sharing this experience is vital in our specialty where we are dealing with so many rare conditions, generating and sharing the research evidence upon which to base our clinical decisions is equally important. We are pleased and proud that so many took up this concept and decided to join ESPO2012. More than 1,100 participants from all over the world brought the sunshine to Amsterdam and filled the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky to its brim. The scientific sessions were very well attended and the high quality of the presentations inspired the participants to lively discussions. The electronic poster programme turned out to be a big success. The presence of our sponsors and exhibitors contributed to the lively convivial atmosphere of ESPO2012.
We congratulate the winners of the poster prizes:
1. Stéphane Roman of the Timone Children's Hospital Marseille, France. “Middle ear implants in children and adolescents”
2. Françoise Denoyelle of the Armand-Trousseau Children's Hospital Paris, France. “New closed skin bone anchored implant alpha-1: preliminary results in 6 children with ear atresia”
3. Chantal Boonacker of the University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands. “Selective reporting of primary outcomes and subgroup analyses: A comparison of grant applications and publications”
and those of the junior prizes
1. Jeroen Langereis of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. “Modulated lipooligosaccharide structure prevents non-typeable haemophilus influenzae from IgM-mediated complement killing during otitis media
2. Maaike van den Aardweg of the University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands. “Effectiveness of adenoidectomy in children with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections: open randomised controlled trial”
3. Sinan Atmaca of the Ondokuz Mayis University Hospital Samsun, Turkey. “Is it really necessary to delay intranasal steroid treatment after FESS? An animal study”
If you would like to recapture the text or power points of some of the key ESPO2012 lectures, please follow this link to the take home messages and e-books.
And do take a look at the photos taken during the ESPO2012 scientific and social programme by following this link to these photos . We hope you will enjoy the images of one of the highlights of the congress: Carel Verwoerd, one of the founding fathers of ESPO, receiving a Royal Decoration “ Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau” for his exceptional contributions to our specialty.
Finally, we would like to thank you again for contributing to the success of ESPO2012. We hope the congress has inspired you to become an ESPO member (see www.espo.eu.com/_explore/membership) and attend future ESPO congresses beginning with ESPO2014 in Dublin (see www.espodublin.com).
Anne Schilder Hans Hoeve
ESPO President and ESPO 2012 chair ESPO 2012 co-chair