President's Welcoming Address
Friends and Colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to our eleventh meeting of CIPP - The International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology. After almost two decades of activity we venture to Asia for the first time.
The historic and cultural richness and diversity of this continent makes the choice of the optimal city challenging. We chose Thailand because of its natural beauty, invaluable art treasures, its mix of old and modern, and its tradition of excellence in Pediatric Pulmonology. We are cognizant that there are quite a few other countries in that part of the world that fit this description. We hope that over time, we will have more opportunities to explore others as well.
Our meeting - CIPP - remains the only global meeting that is fully dedicated to pediatric pulmonology. Over the last two years we changed our meeting to an annual paradigm, and saved no effort in our congresses in Vienna and Versailles, to not only bring together leading authorities on various topics, but also make the meeting more inclusive in inviting and supporting presenters and speakers from poor-resourced countries. These researchers and clinicians are challenged by inadequate funds but are rich in skill and experience, and shared with us the many amazing things that they do. Obviously, the move of the meeting to Bangkok, will give us an opportunity to include more of our colleagues from Asia and Oceania as speakers and presenters, and with that alter the flavor of the meetings to make them even more inclusive.
We are particularly proud of the platform 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 he best of them are 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 consider coming and spread the word of the meeting to colleagues in our field and related disciplines. Cognizant of the limiting economics that affect us all, I invite our European and American colleagues to take this unique opportunity, and make the effort to mix the best of science in our field with a cultural experience. Those of us who have previously visited Thailand and the neighboring countries will attest that the mix of natural treasures, art, culture and tradition, mixed with unique hospitality will stay with you for a lifetime.
Despite its growth and global reach, CIPP remains small enough to offer intimacy. It has transformed from its role as a place of learning and scientific exchange, to one that also offers a venue to revive old friendships and establish new ones. As we branch out to a new continent, such encounters will broaden horizons, build cros-cultural bridges, and contribute to unite us all as a better, more educated and open, wiser global community.
I with my colleagues in the various committees of the organization hope to see you in Bangkok.
Andrew Colin, MD
President, CIPP XI
Welcome Message from Thailand
On behalf of the Thai Association of Pediatric Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (TPRC), we are honored to welcome the renowned speakers and delegates to the 11th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP) which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand during June 30 to July 2, 2012 at Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World.
This congress is the only international meeting, which focuses on pediatric pulmonology in the world, and this is the first time that the congress moves to the Asia continent. The fantastic scientific program will cover updated knowledge on pediatric respiratory diseases including asthma, infection, sleep disordered breathing, chronic lung diseases, aspiration, and environment related disorders, as well as pediatric bronchoscopy, respiratory care and lung function testing. It will be an exceptional opportunity for our young generation of pediatric pulmonologists to attend and present their research work representing the future of our specialty, and 4 of them will win the prestigious CIPP young investigator awards. In addition, there will be special awards for the top 3 posters. The congress will also provide a platform for delegates to participate in a radiology quiz, bronchoscopy quiz and interesting case discussions.
Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, has never been colonized and thus can keep her unique culture and heritage intact. Bangkok has many attractions to offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty, magnificent palaces, classical dance performances, numerous shopping centers. Bangkok features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation. The Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World; the congress venue, is situated in the heart of Bangkok where delegates can walk around safely even late at night. It is the gateway to Bangkok’s most-happening shopping, dining and entertainment scene. More importantly, it is close to the BTS modern Skytrain station, so everyone could explore the most attractive parts of our beautiful city without any delay in traffic jams.
We together with our Thai colleagues of TPRC would like to thank Professor Andrew Colin, the President of CIPP XI and the International CIPP Organizing Committee for selecting Bangkok as the congress venue, and all sponsors for their generous support of the congress. We are confident that all delegates will have memorable experiences and enjoy wonderful hospitality.
Nuanchan Prapphal, MD Aroonwan Preutthipan, MD, FCCP
President of Thai Association of Pediatric Scientific Chair of TPRC
Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (TPRC) President, Local Organizing Committee of CIPP XI