Baltic16 widens regional collaboration

23 May 2016

Full room Baltic16

A wide-ranging Scientific Programme awaits participants of the 3rd EAU Baltic Regional Meeting (Baltic16) in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from May 27 to 28 with onc-urological malignancies, andrology, urolithiasis, male and female incontinence surgery and a course on urethral reconstruction and urogenital fistulae repair as main topics during the two-day meeting.

Right on the opening session, Axel Heidenreich (DE) will give the EAU lecture on bladder cancer surgery with emphasis on avoiding complications and achieving better curative outcomes. Two other lectures from Maria Ribal (ES) and Hing Leung (GB) will follow to highlight the meeting’s emphasis on improving management strategies in urological cancers.

Session 2 will follow-up with more onco-urological topics with speakers from the Baltic region providing a series of lectures on immunotherapy to perioperative developments in bladder cancer, epidemiology of renal cancer, quality of life after curative prostate cancer (PCa) treatment, and delayed versus immediate PCa treatment, with lecturers V. Kozirovskis (LV), Teemu Murtola (FI), A. Kotsar (EE) and R. Adomaitis (LT), respectively.

Local organiser Dr. Toomas Tamm noted that since the Baltic meeting was revived in 2014, the annual event has drew the attention of urologists in the region while providing a reliable platform to exchange ideas and strengthen regional links.

“We are happy to see that both veteran and young urologists regard this meeting as a means to directly get in touch with their colleagues not only from the region, but also from other countries. This dynamic exchange is essential to fine-tune our clinical practices and stay open to new ideas and approaches,” said Tamm.

Five sessions, three symposiums and a European School of Urology (ESU) course on urethral reconstruction and urogenital fistulae repair form the scientific programme with the ESU course to be led by Dmitry Pushkar (RU) and EAU Secretary General Chris Chapple (GB). Pushkar will present the EAU Guidelines recommendations on urethral surgery and will discuss in a lecture and video presentation how to manage urogenital fistulae. Chapple will tackle urethral surgery in male patients, discussing pre/intra and post-operative decision-making, and the limits of urethral substitution.

Tamm also noted the meeting’s goal to closely examine various clinical practices, especially their applications in actual hospital settings. “What makes this meeting unique is our goal to present both regional and international perspectives, learn from the synergies between inter-regional collaborations at the same time presenting and highlighting the work of young, promising urologists,” said Tamm.

Three sessions will look into the latest developments in andrology, managing stone disease and the best practices in male and female incontinence surgery. Lectures in andrology will be using the know-how of regional experts with speakers Margus Punab, R. Mändar and Maris Laan, all from Tartu, Estonia. Their topics will include male sexual dysfunctions, the male genital tract microbiome, and the new generation of genetic test in andrology.

Selected abstracts will also be presented in several sessions and the best studies will be awarded cash prizes.

“We want to encourage and inspire them and we hope that through this meeting we will acquaint participants with the scientific work of their colleagues and provide them with new ideas and a wider perspective on various urological topics,” said Tamm.