In a series of interviews, we will be previewing this year’s 16th International Colorectal Meeting in Turin, 11-13 May, 2020. We talked to Dr Mario Trompetto, Head of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the S Rita Clinic in Vercelli (Italy), member of the meeting’s Scientific Secretariat and co-president of the Meeting, who highlighted some of the key sessions, presentations and speakers, as well as encouraging those with an interest in coloproctology to attend the meeting.
“Our meeting is considered one of the most important European scientific appointments of this year in the field of the colorectal surgery. It will give the opportunity to have a real update on almost all the issues regarding the coloproctology,” Dr Mario Trompetto began. “The scientific secretariat has invited many experts to participate giving their great experience and insight on different topics and we are very happy because all the invited speakers have accepted to come. We are very honoured and proud to have in Turin some of the best world-renown colorectal surgeon coming from all Europe as well as from North and South America, as well as gastroenterologists and radiologists who are among the best in the world in their field. I cannot mention all them, but I must say that this faculty is the best group of specialists we have ever had in our meeting and I am really proud to have gather such distinguished experts. All we are really grateful for their participation.”
He explained that the meeting is designed to incorporate very dynamic sessions and will avoid the usual series of lectures on the same topic describing different types of surgery or too many sterile discussions after a long list of opinions.
There will be several Keynote Lectures, Hot Topic sessions and State of the Art lectures on the main issues, followed by several consultant corners. There will be face-to-face debates on specific issues regarding the most modern surgical approaches and issues of contention, in which the audience will have the possibility to actively participate in the discussion. The presence of expert chairmen will make these debates extremely interesting.
“The meeting will emphasise the multi-disciplinarily aspects of colorectal treatment underpinned by evidence-based results of the last few years,” he added. “We are all convinced that only sharing our experiences will we reach the best results in our speciality, as in many others.”
With regards to the social aspect of the meeting, Dr Trompetto said that Turin offers some of the finest restaurants with great food and fine wines from the region. Culturally, Turin is world famous for its many famous monuments (Mole Antonelliana, Basilica of Superga, Medieval Castle of the Valentino) and beautiful squares (Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Piazza Castello). The ideal location of the meeting means that the centre of the city and many of these sites are within walking distance.
“I am looking forward to meeting many colleagues and old friends, making new friends, share our experiences and increase our friendships within colorectal community,” he concluded. “ It is vital that we remember that we are very lucky to be doing the best job in the world!”
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