President's Welcoming AddressFriends and Colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to our tenth meeting at historic Versailles. While we do not expect active participation of royalty, the palaces are amazing, and we will invite the best and brightest in our field to participate as speakers, discussants and young investigators.
The International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology - CIPP – remains the only global meeting that is fully dedicated to pediatric pulmonology. In our most recent congress in Vienna no effort was spared to engage some of the leading authorities on each topic, and the meeting reached new heights in depth and variety. We hope to exceed this in Versailles. We will continue to balance science with clinical topics by having parallel tracks to offer breadth and alternatives to fit individual interest.
We are particularly proud of the venue we offer through our Young Investigator Awards. For years and consistently these have been exciting presentations of young researchers on the cutting edge of clinical and basic science, whose work has been filling plenary sessions and the best of them awarded generous prizes.
The continuing success of a meeting of a small subspecialty as is ours, indeed its survival, depends on adequate participation, and we hope that you will make it a point to come. We also urge you to be our ambassador; convey this message to others, and encourage colleagues both pediatric pulmonologists and from related disciplines to combine good academics with a great tourist opportunity when joining us.
While still maintaining its roots in Nice and returning there periodically, CIPP has over the years matured from a local meeting to one with a global reach; the participation of delegates from 78 countries at our most recent meeting is a testament to its influence and reputation. Despite this growth it is still small enough to offer intimacy and has transformed from its role as a venue for learning and scientific exchange, to one that also offers opportunities to meet old friends and establish new ones. Such encounters broaden one’s horizons, builds cross-cultural bridges, and contribute to unite us all as a better, more open, and wiser global community.
I hope to see you all in Versailles,
Andrew Colin, MD
President, CIPP X