Magic, Leisure, Ancient history and Vascular Sciences are the components of this year’s 16th Congress of the Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery (MLAVS) scheduled from 9-12 June 2006 on the island of Crete, Greece.Crete was the natural choice for the 2006 MLAVS Congress, for its location in the heart of the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe and dating its civilization and culture as far back as 3000 BC. The Congress will take place in the Creta Maris Conference and Resort hotel near the picturesque fishing village of Hersonissos (some 20km from Heraklion airport). The Creta Maris boasts state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a unique combination of Aegean architecture, combining a luxurious accommodation structure of bungalows and sea-view rooms situated on a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear sea.
From the scientific viewpoint, we are confident that this event will appear to the wide range of our members and guests, who will have the opportunity to learn about technological advances, new drugs and new therapeutical techniques relating to vascular diseases. The meeting will consist of free papers, round-table sessions, satellite symposia and stands occupied by leading companies involved in health care and in combating vascular disease – the No.1 killer in Europe. Another highlight of the scientific programme will be the Meeting of the ESVS Guidelines Working Group, currently developing the first ‘European’ Guidelines starting with carotid disease and scheduled for completion by end December 2006.
This Mediterranean event is privileged to have the gracious collaboration of such societies as the Croatian Society for Vascular Surgery, European Society for Vascular Surgery, French Society for Vascular Surgery, Hellenic Society for Vascular Surgery, Hellenic Society of Angiology, International Union of Angiology, Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Italian Society for Vascular Investigations, Portuguese Society for Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Slovenian Society for Vascular Surgery, Spanish Society for Vascular Surgery, Turkish Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular Society of Egypt and the UEMS Section and Board of Vascular Surgery.
We expect around 500 participants from various centres from the Mediterranean as well as the European countries. The invited speakers and international advisory board comprise world experts on subjects such as endovascular treatment, open surgery, laparoscopic vascular surgery, lipid-lowering drugs, prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, and vein thrombosis.
The organisational highlights are guaranteed to provide a pleasurable stay, such as a golf tournament, and congress tours for accompanying persons to historical sites such as Knossos which houses the Palace of King Minos and the Labyrinth of the Minotaur (sacred bull) the islet of Spinaloga dating back to Venetian times and a full-day cruise to Santorini island (associated with the lost city of Atlantis). There is also a thalassotherapy centre/spa at the hotel. The social programme includes a Cretan Evening for all participants in the quaint village of ‘Arolithos’ set in a ragged mountainous background of olive trees, a Gala Dinner under the Mediterranean starlight by the pool of the adjoining Terra Maris Hotel and an Opening Ceremony at a surprise venue guaranteed to make this an extraordinary and memorable launching of the 16th MLAVS Congress.
MLAVS 2006 is a unique opportunity to combine Magic, Leisure, Ancient history and Vascular Sciences. Take your pick and book now to avail yourselves of discount rates and don’t forget to bring the family – if you don’t, they will never forgive you!
The President of MLAVS Takis Balas, and the President of the 16th Congress Christos Liapis, look forward to welcoming the vascular community in Crete on 9-12 June 2006.
Full details can be obtained from:
www.mlavs2006.com or www.erasmus.gr
Erasmus Conferences Tours and Travel S.A.
Kolofontos 1 & Evridikis Streets, 16121 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30-210 72 57 63, Fax: +30-210 72 57 532