CIRSE 2013 Press

CIRSE 2013 – another triumph for the world’s largest congress on interventional radiology!

Attracting a record-breaking 6,594 delegates from 94 countries, CIRSE 2013, held in Barcelona, Spain from September 14-18, upheld the congress’ reputation for being the world’s most comprehensive interventional radiology (IR) event.

To ensure coverage of all aspects of this diverse specialty, the scientific programme was organised around six key themes – Vascular Interventions, Non-Vascular Interventions, Interventional Oncology, Neurointerventions, Transcatheter Embolization and IR Management. Two of the many congress highlights were the Hot Topic Symposia, in which experts joined together to debate Intra-arterial stroke management – should this be an IR procedure? and Treatment of lung cancer – the choices, and how to make them. CIRSE 2013 also premiered two new session formats – the Evidence Forums, focusing on topics such as BTK and SFA interventions, and the popular new Amazing Interventions session.

This year’s prestigious Andreas Gruentzig Lecture was delivered by Andrew Holden on the exciting topic of EVAR for AAA – evolution or revolution?  while Mario Bezzi was this year’s Josef Roesch Lecturer, addressing the important topic of High-intensity focused ultrasound: an IR tool for the future?

Leaders in endovascular interventions

Through its dedicated vascular track, with sessions ranging from the Andreas Gruentzig Honorary Lecture to Evidence Forums and Hands-on Workshops, CIRSE 2013 reinforced the Annual Meeting’s reputation as Europe’s premier endovascular congress. One of the key topics in the vascular track was renal denervation, which was examined in dedicated Special Sessions, Hands-on Workshops and ‘Principles to practice’ simulator sessions, as well as a collaborative session with the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) in CIRSE meets ESH: An introduction to hypertension for interventional radiologists.

Streaming to the masses

Last year, a Live Stream of some of the congress’ top sessions was introduced on ESIRonline (www.esir.org), and CIRSE 2013 built on this success by expanding the Live Stream to encompass sessions from four lecture rooms. This further branching out into a virtual format was much appreciated, with over 500 users logging in to watch sessions. ESIRonline users will soon be able to revisit top sessions from the Congress by logging in online.

A hub for industry

As the leading IR congress, the CIRSE Annual Meeting continues to attract a large industry presence. At CIRSE 2013, medical researchers and representatives from more than 100 companies gathered to demonstrate medical breakthroughs and showcase cutting-edge technology within an impressive 8,500m² of exhibition, learning centre and meeting space.

InspIRing the future

Students are the interventional radiologists of the future and a dedicated Student Programme was a key feature at CIRSE 2013. Over 300 students were provided with complimentary registration and lunch for each day of the congress, as well as a travel and accommodation grant to the first 200 registrants from outside Barcelona. A number of sessions were particularly recommended to students and several dedicated Student Sessions took place, which introduced them to core concepts and techniques in IR. Each session had an interactive element, with question-and-answer sessions and Hands-on Experiences, in which students could use simulators and even treat a virtual patient.

To all those who participated in any way, we would like to thank you for making CIRSE 2013 a tremendous success.

Statistics from the congress:

• 6,594 participants from 94 countries
• 8,500sqm of technical exhibition, learning centre and meeting space
• over 100 exhibitors
• 250 hours of sessions and workshops
• 1,368 submitted abstracts
• 35 industry symposia
• 11 learning centres
• 39 hands-on workshops
• over 500 live stream viewers

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