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msotelo
09-11-2010, 09:07 PM
Welcome to the 9th ICRS World Congress to be held this year in warm Sitges / Barcelona, Spain.

The ICRS mission is to promote cartilage progress through education throughout the world. In the early years, the society was formed by transatlantic friends. Today, this international society is focused on truly living up to the word "International" in its name.

The 2009 ICRS world congress is reaching out to cartilage scientists, surgeons and industry leaders of all nations to share their common interests and passion about cartilage. The desire to ultimately aid patients with prearthritis who would be otherwise doomed to an arthritic future is what drives us all to seek the holy grail of cartilage repair-true hyaline cartilage. Join us as we continue to explore this intriguing path.

The scientific programme committee has been working for the past 18 months (!!!) on organizing a state of the art educational opportunity in cartilage. This past winter a record number of 500 abstracts were reviewed and an outstanding programme will now be finalized. To describe the program as "state of the art" would be a disservice: the final presentations outline not only the current, but also the future state of the art and the science of cartilage. .

4 Meeting Days with 18 EACCME Credits (recognized by the AMA), 100 Invited Speakers, Key Note Lectures, 7 Plenary Sessions, 23 Special Sessions, 150 Free Papers, 250 Posters, 9 Instructional Courses, 8 Industry Symposia, Panel Discussions & Debates, Technical Industry Exhibits and the Congress Award Session will allow to witness many of these new break-throughs.

As we meet with old friends and make new ones, it is always important to mix education with a time to talk, reflect, enjoy life and experience the local scene. Sitges/Barcelona is truly a fantastic venue to bring this to fruition.

Join us for the welcoming reception on Sunday close to the Hotel Melia and the promising Spanish Flamenco night on Monday evening in a typical Finca (Spanish farm house) with live Music to enjoy the dinner and camaraderie and libations as you see fit. (limited availabilty of tickets!!!!)

We look forward to seeing old cartilage friends and making new ones in beautiful warm and breezy Sitges.

Register until June 15 to benefit from highly reduced registration fees, sign-up at the same time for our outstanding social events, tours and make your hotel arrangement through our online registration system.


www.cartilage.org

If you are not yet a member consider signing-up first for your membership. You can immedialtely benefit from the highly reduced member congress registration fees ICRS 2010.

Sign-up now to become a member and join us in Sitges Barcelona next September.

With our very best regards


Stephan Seiler
ICRSE Executive Office

on behalf of the
Scientific Programme Committee ICRS 10
Local Organising Committee ICRS 10