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The 10th Anniversary of the Congress of the Vascular Access Society in Ljubljana


From April 6th to 8th, 2017, the 10th Congress of the Vascular Access Society took place in Ljubljana. The events was organized by GUARANT International. The attendance wass approximately 400 experts from around the world.

Modern medicine in the vascular access of dialysis patients is concentrated in more niche medical disciplines and therefore, the congress focused on vascular surgery, nephrology, cardiology, and angiology.

The scientific program of the congress focused mainly on the hemodialysis treatment and vascular accesses, the epidemiology of ESRD, interventional radiology, prosthetic implants and grafts, medications in vascular access care, hand ischemia, central venous stenosis and obstruction.

During the sessions, dozens of renowned neuroscientists and surgeons who are experts in the field of vascular access, were speaking about their related field. Among the top included Rafael Ponikvar, MD, PhD, a specialist in the treatment of acute renal failure of hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy in adults, newborns and small children. He has performed more than 3 000 vascular access surgeries.

An interesting social program was prepared for congress participants, which included a gala dinner in the ceremonial rooms of the Ljubljana Castle. There were also be a welcome reception and two lunch symposiums related to new technologies.

Delegates could also enjoy a hands-on workshop that took place before the Congress (on 5th April) in the University Medical Centre Ljubljana. The workshop was focused on the topics of hemodialysis catheters placement, preoperative ultrasonography mapping, arteriovenous fistula surveillance and vascular access surgery.

More details about the event can be found here: http://www.vas2017.org/