Vienna secures two medical congresses for 2018

The 15th International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases (ICNMD) and the 16th World Congress of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) will be hosted in Vienna in 2018.

Hilton Vienna: host venue for medical congress
Hilton Vienna: host venue for medical congress

Up to 1,000 participants from all over the world are expected to gather at the Vienna Hilton Hotel for the 15th ICNMD, being held from 6-10 July, to discuss the latest advances in the treatment, healing and palliative care of muscular, nervous and neuromuscular junction disorders.

Hosted every two years by the World Federation of Neurology and the Research Group for Neuromuscular Diseases, the ICNMD includes teaching units, plenary sessions, workshops and poster meetings. The last two events were held in Nice in 2014 and in Toronto in 2016.

This year's event received around 800 participants, with a strong international delegate mix. Around half of the participants came from North and South America, and the other half from Europe. The 2018 congress will seek to increase quality and attendee numbers still further in Vienna.

The University of Vienna will be the host venue for the 16th ISDE, to be held from 16-19 September, where around 1,000 participants will focus on the latest treatment approaches.

Professor Michael Rolf Müller, responsible for organising the Vienna meeting said: "The most recent congress took place in Singapore in 2016, setting a new record with around 800 delegates and almost 700 scientific contributions. We are already working flat out to ensure that we create a high-level information and networking platform for specialist esophageal surgeons, gastroenterologists, pathologists and oncologists in Vienna in 2018."

Christian Mutschlechner, head of the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB) at the Vienna Tourist Board added: "Vienna’s special assets include its highly developed, internationally networked higher education sector which offers a range of opportunities for medical congresses, first-class accommodation and outstanding meeting infrastructure – in these two cases at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Hilton. The successful acquisition of both congresses contributes also to the long-term partnership between the Vienna Convention Bureau and ICS, a Vancouver-based professional congress organizer (PCO) which looks after both events."

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