Main topics of the annual meeting ...
ladies and gentlemen, and friends,
In the name of the board of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, it is a great honor for me as conference president to invite you to the 46th annual conference of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in February 2017 in Leipzig.
In keeping with the motto, "With Heart and Passion", the event will simultaneously take place for the second time at the same location as the German Society for Pediatric Cardiology. That both professional disciplines are closely related is not only expressed by the logo of this year's annual conference. A close connection of scientific topics will be felt by the numerous joint meetings and fostered by new impetus.
For cardiology, another essential aspect introduced by this year's motto is the passion of both fields coming closer together for the well-being of our patients.
This passion is crucial for developing new perspectives above and beyond everyday clinical routines and illustrating once again the complexity and emotionality that characterizes both disciplines.
Another pillar of the logo selected is the heart. It serves as a symbol for the fact that besides the technical possibilities patients should be treated as people and all those involved should reflect on the foundational values of daily life.
All the key topics of this year's annual conference are concerned with the latest challenges facing the field: hybrid-treatment procedures and minimally invasive techniques with evidence-based indication for the well-being of our patients. Similarly, intensive-care medicine is an important core competence in our specialized field of work.
Even basic and clinical research need to be intensified and fostered with passion and heart. For the latest present findings lay the foundation of future therapy. As part of this year's annual conference, we would therefore like to pave the way and open doors to facilitate the shortest path from laboratory to hospital-bed in the context of translational medicine and research.
The practice of previous years testifies to the fact that the annual conference of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is an interdisciplinary and inter-professional convention. So I would like to invite all those involved and interested in treatment to Leipzig this year as well!
With this in mind, I wish to all of us an active participation in the coming convention, a culture of open discussion, and a multitude of initiatives and insights.
Professor Christian Schlensak