The 11th Scientific Meeting of the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology successfully held in Changsha

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The 11th Scientific Meeting of the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology (2014 CSIR) was held from 11–15 June 2014 in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. The Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology writes this report for Interventional News.

The 2014 CSIR conference provided an opportunity for interventional physicians to exchange views with their peers in academic circles both at home and abroad, enhancing the influence and reputation of the society. It was supported by the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology, Hunan Provincial Hospital, and the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University.

There were over 3,500 participants from China (including Taiwan), USA, Japan, Singapore, Korea, India and other countries and regions. Compared with previous CSIR meetings, this year’s event hosted the largest number of participants. There were around 265 lectures scheduled for discussion on hot topics in five main fields, including neurointervention, peripheral vascular intervention, oncological intervention, paediatric intervention, and musculoskeletal intervention.

As chairman of CSIR, Hong Shan, Department of Radiology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, hosted the opening ceremony. The conference then commenced with the Plenary Speech delivered by Xu Ke, Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China, who lectured on “Seizing opportunities, meeting challenges, and continuously upgrading the strength and status of the medical imaging department”. Then, Gaojun Teng, Department of Radiology at Zhong-Da Hospital, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, gave a lecture on “The importance and practice of multidisciplinary multicentre randomised controlled trials for the development of interventional radiology”. Shan then presented on “Interventional radiology technology promotes the development of precise medicine” followed by Jie Tian, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, who spoke on “The future of interventional operation based on optical molecular imaging”.

Guest speakers included Brian Stainken, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, USA, David Kumpe from University of Colorado, Denver, USA, Shozo Hirota, Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan, Osamu Matsui from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Japan, were invited to give lectures during the meeting. Stainken and Matsui were granted the Honorary Members Award given to international experts who have made great contribution to the development of interventional radiology in China.

Several dedicated academic activities were held during the conference. One of these was the “English Papers Report Grand Prix” for young interventional radiologists. Forty four contestants were first put into four groups to present their own previously prepared slideshows. Three participants from each group were then selected into the final. During the final, four groups of three participants were formed by lottery, and each participant was given an article selected by the board of judges. Participants were given one and a half days to prepare a reading report on the designated article in the form of slideshows for presentation. Their performance was then scored by both the judges and the audience, weighing 70% and 30%, respectively. One champion, two second awards, and three third awards were given based on their score. The winner was provided a scholarship to attend the 2014 CIRSE conference. The best young interventional radiologists from the country applied for the competition, and during the final, with the limited amount of time given, each participant was able to organise a well-structured presentation. In addition, the interventional nursing forum was the first of its kind in China and the Interventional Development Forum was another highlight, during which directors of more than 100 major local medical centres in the Hunan Province were invited to listen to special lectures on hospital management and development.

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