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The minutes of board meetings

Board Meeting Member



April 17th 2009

28th ISIAN MEETING, Philadelphia, PA, USA (combined with IRS, ARS and AAOA)

Board Members Attending: Drs. A. Papavassiliou, R.Kamel, J.Palmer, Yang-Gi Min, M. Rautianien, A. Stamm, H.Moriyama, G. Xu, D. Kennedy, S. Lacroix, B. Gendeh, G. Vincente.
Guests: Drs. Elie Serrano, Wang De Yun, Valerie Lund

Dr. Papavassilliou opened the meeting and the 2008 meeting minutes were approved with some corrections and adjustments in the numbers of participant from that meeting. He will forward the revisions to the prior numbers.

Dr. Palmer informed the Board that the XXVIII meeting in Philadelphia meeting has 1131 participants from 56 countries. After the US, the second most represented country is Turkey. Given the current state of international economies, this is exceptional. The meeting has been extremely well received to date.

Dr. Kennedy informed the Board about the new excellent new ISIAN website and thanked Dr. Moriyama for all his work on this. It is a major improvement of what we had previously and has an easy to remember address http://www.isian.org The Board expressed their thanks to Dr. Moriyama for his work.

Dr. Lacroix presented the outline for the ERS/ISIAN meeting in Geneva which will be held June 15-19, 2010, in the Geneva Conference Center. With some discussion, it was agreed that the meeting would be 3 1/2 days ending Thursday mid-day. It was also agreed that there would be 3 half days which would be dedicated as ISIAN sessions. There are 4 large rooms and 9 rooms available for sessions in general. Since there is only one restaurant in the conference center, lunch times will be staggered. There was discussion about whether there would a small additional charge for workshops and, if so, the need to keep this charge small. There was some discussion around the broad session topics and board members were invited to submit their thoughts for additional session topics or speakers.

At this point, the Main sessions outlined were:

Epidemiology , Physiopathology and research, young scientists work (with financial support), Acute and chronic rhinosinusitis, biology of viruses diseases, Infections : bacteria, virus, fungi, Tumors, imaging, Olfaction, Pediatric, Immunology and hyper reactivity, genetics factors, Medical treatments, Surgical treatments, Robotic and new technologies, dissection demonstrations, Teaching strategies for different socio-economical conditions around the world.

A number of workshops were also outlined :

Allergy for rhinologist, new treatment in allergy, Septoplasty, Evidence base medicine for antibiotherapy, olfactory disorders : how to investigate in private practice, shaver in rhinologic surgery, topical corticosteroids, Chronic rhinosinusitis and asthma, Dermatological nasal tumors, endoscopic nasal surgery complications, endonasal surgery in children, chronic otitis and CRS, Invasive fungal rhinosinusitis, Rhinoplasty / Snoring, SOAS / Epistaxis, Radiological investigation for endonasal tumors, the blocked nose in children : how to investigate, nasal manifestation of systemic and granulomatous diseases, update on acute and chronic rhinosinusitis, non allergic, non infectious rhinosinusitis, food allergy and rhinitis / osseous tumors, surgery of the nasal tip / allergic fungus CRS, inferior turbinoplasty / atrophic rhinitis, fundamental research in airways physiology and pathophysiology, gastro oesophagus reflux, orbital complication of ethmoid infection, nasal lavages : how, with what, teaching…, fungus ball , dacryo cisto rhinostomy, Inferior turbinate surgery, vascular imaging in rhinology, anterior ethmoid surgery, tooth and sinus, oroantral fistula, mucocele, rhinogenic facial pain, rhinological headache, sphenopalatin artery, Inverted papilloma, semiology in nasal tumors in children, frontal sinus, CSF leak repair, pre surgical cares, post surgery cares, Neuronavigation, robotic surgery.

He presented some of the attractions of Geneva, and the planned social functions including a symphony performance during the opening ceremony, a recital in a church on the Monday night, a cruise on Lake Geneva on the Tuesday night, and a gala dinner on the Wednesday night.

Dr. Moriyama discussed the plans for the 2011 meeting which will be held in Tokyo April 6th (Wed) to April 9th (Sat), 2011 around the time of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and which will be combined with the 14th IRS meeting. He reiterated the location attractions, options for activities in Tokyo and meeting hotel (ANA Palace Hotel) in the center of Tokyo. The meeting will be 3 1/2 days. Live surgery luncheon seminars are planned for Thursday and Friday.

As 2012 ERS President, Dr. Elie Serrano presented the planned combined ERS ISIAN meeting in Toulouse, June 17-21st. There is a large capacity conference center which can take up to 1,800 people. He presented some of the attractions of the city.

Dr. Reda Kamel presented the outline of the meeting in Sharm El Sheik in October 2011. This will be the first time that an ISIAN meeting has been held in Africa, and the weather at that time of year is excellent. The hotel will be the Maritim Royal Penninsula Hotel. Potential trips include Safari trips and SCUBA diving. The attractions of the area, and the hotel/convention site were presented.

It was agreed that presentations for the 2015 meeting would be entertained in Geneva at the next ISIAN meeting.

Under new business, Gil Vincente raised the issue which had been discussed in the World Congress in Sleep held in Seoul and the ARSR ( Asian Research Symoposium in Rhinology) meeting held in Bangkok, namely what is the appropriate role for rhinologists in obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disorders. Dr Kennedy mentioned that in the United States, the lead in sleep disorders is taken by pulmonary medicine, neurology and psychiatry and only a very limited number of otolaryngologists have passed the sleep boards to date. Indeed at one point, it did not appear that otolaryngologists would be allowed to sit for the sleep boards in the US at all.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

David W. Kennedy, M.D.,

ISIAN General Secretary.