Dear Friends and Colleagues -
We are proud to host and welcome you to the XII World Congress on Endometriosis: Adding pieces to the puzzle of endometriosis, 30 April - 3 May 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Brazilians have been contributing significantly to research in endometriosis. In more recent WCE meetings, submitting the largest number of abstracts in Maastricht in 2005, and again in Montpellier with 16% of the total number of abstracts received. Brazilians were also the most numerous in Melbourne in 2008, where we carried off the Rodolphe Maheux Award. In short: we are serious about endometriosis in Brazil!
As the largest, most cosmopolitan and wealthiest city in Latin America, São Paulo and its multicultural background can offer a unique experience for the WCE participants. In June 2014 São Paulo will host some of the FIFA Soccer World Cup as well. The city should then have substantially improved its overall infrastructure and services to facilitate access to its internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels, and to the nearby beaches and mountains.
We look forward to welcoming you to a memorable experience, and you can contact us any time for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maurício Simões Abrão
12th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2014)
Dear Friends and Colleagues -
Since 1986, the World Congress on Endometriosis has provided a unique opportunity of concentrating into a few days the updated knowledge, the biological findings, and the research perspectives on a chronic, inflammatory condition afflicting millions of young women and adversely impacting on fertility and health-related quality of life.
Year after year, the clinical scenario is becoming less nebulous, and the popular description of endometriosis as “the enigmatic disease” begins to appear out-of-date.
A substantial amount of robust data is available, and what is now badly needed is a pragmatic approach to the management of endometriosis.
The era of clinical opinions and experimental individualism is coming to an end. Many of the jigsaw puzzle pieces are already on the table, and we must sit with each other to carefully match them. The future of our patients depends on our choices, and it is our responsibility, as caring gynaecologists, to inform and involve them in the decision-making process.
WCE2014 will be an exceptional occasion to meet all these needs. The World Endometriosis Society has always strived strenuously for the dissemination of current and factual information and for the improvement of patients’ care. Be assured, in São Paulo we will offer you even more facts.
World Endometriosis Society
The preliminary scientific programme will be available by the middle of 2013
Local Organising Committee
WCE 2014 President
- Mauricio Simoes ABRÃO
WCE 2014 Vice President
- Carlos Alberto PETTA
Scientific Programme Chair
- Rui Alberto FERRIANI
- Sergio PODGAEC
- Eduardo SCHOR
- Claudio CRISPI
Pre-congress Programme Chair
- Luis Flavio FERNANDES
Technology and Innovation Chair
- Luiz Fernando CARVALHO
Social Programme Chair
- Nicolau D’AMICO
International Scientific Committee
- Hilary CRITCHLEY, United Kingdom
- Johannes EVERS, The Netherlands
- Emilio FERNANDEZ, Chile
- Linda GIUDICE, USA
- Sun-Wei GUO, China
- Bernard HÉDON, France
- Lone HUMMELSHOJ, United Kingdom
- Neil JOHNSON, New Zealand
- Ludwig KIESEL, Germany
- Alan LAM, Australia
- Joao Sabino Cunha NETO, Brazil
- Marco Aurelio PINHO DE OLIVEIRA, Brazil
- Paulo Ayroza Galvão RIBEIRO, Brazil
- Rishma PAI, India
- Edgardo ROLLA, Argentina
- Luk ROMBAUTS, Australia
- Kathy SHARPE-TIMMS, USA
- Robert TAYLOR, USA
- Paolo VERCELLINI, Italy
Sponsors & Exhibitors
The WCEs are not able to take place without the supporting partnership from sponsors and exhibitors. We are very appreciative of this ongoing support and collaboration.
If you are interested in sponsoring WCE2014, or exhibiting at the congress, please contact email@example.com for further details.
Registration details will be available from the middle of 2013.
The organisers have secured accommodation in a variety of suitable hotels. Details of these, as well as as the ability to secure your hotel room, will be available by the middle of 2013.
São Paulo is the financial centre of Brazil and the biggest city in South America. It is considered a sophisticated place, with excellent and on time services. The variety of hotels, restaurants, and bars is just amazing and equal to the most famous cities in the world.
It is also the city in Brazil that offers the greatest number of flights, so it is possible to go from here to anywhere in the country: easily and quickly.
VISAs and Passports
An entry visa is not required for holders of passports from European or South American countries. As a matter of reciprocity, a VISA is required for those from the USA and other countries in Asia and the Middle East. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the planned date of arrival in Brazil.
The currency in Brazil is the Real (R$). (US$ 1.00 is about R$2,00). Dollars and Euros can easily be exchanged at hotels, authorized banks, and travel agencies. International credit cards are very well accepted.
Portuguese is the national language. English and Spanish are widely spoken at tourist areas.
The official time in Brazil is 3 hours behind GMT (London).
Rental cars, with or without a driver, are available for tourists at the main airports and in city centers. Tourists with a foreign driver’s license are authorized to drive in Brazil when their stay is less than 180 days.
Most restaurants and bars include a 10% service charge in the bill. When it is not included in the bill, the general rule is a tip of between 10% and 15%. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.
Brazil is the biggest country in Latin America and its nature is known as one of the most beautiful in the whole world.
Each one of its five regions offers outstanding and diversified tours like the Amazon forest, with an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora; paradise beaches along the coastline, and highlands such as the Chapada Diamantina that displays exuberant landscapes.
The cultural diversity is also a great reason to visit the country. The mix of afro, indigenous, and European inheritance has made Brazil a producer of irresistible rhythms and dances, such as the Rio de Janeiro samba. The friendly attitude of the people is famous and is one of the most attractive features of the country.
At the beginning of 2013 we will be providing you with lots of ideas of how you can extend your visit in connection with WCE2014 and experience the country ...be that for a few days, or a few weeks.
In the meantime you can check out the official website of Tourism Brazil.
Call for Abstracts
A call for abstracts will be issued in June 2013 with a deadline of mid-October 2013.
We aim to cover a very broad range of topics at WCE2014 through our ten main seminars, free communications, video sessions, and posters.
The topics for the ten main clinical and scientific moderated plenary seminars were decided upon following a vote among WES members and previous WCE attendees, where the highest ranking issues were:
- Management of pain and infertility in deep disease
- New/emerging drugs
- Prevention and management of recurrences
- Endometrioma and ovarian reserve
- Non-invasive diagnosis
- Mechanisms of pain
- Endometriosis and cancer
- Genetics, epigenetics, and hereditary aspects
- Immunology and stem cells
Many other topics, including several video sessions, will be covered in multiple "free communication" sessions, as well as two "poster" sessions with wine and cheese.
Start preparing your research to be presented now!
Practical information about scientific sessions will be provided to all speakers, chairs, and moderators at the beginning of 2014 once all presenters/chairs/moderators have been confirmed.