Welcome address of Peter Goldstraw
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the International Association for the Studyof Lung Cancer, to this congress, the 4th in the series of International Thoracic Oncology Conferences organised in Dresden by our friends and colleagues, Professors Christian Manegold, Giorgio Scagliotti and Nico van Zandwijk. The meetings have been held every 2 years since 2008and have proven to be extremely successful. They have functioned as a valuable platform forexcellent scientific and educational updates and lively interactions. The fabulous Baroquearchitecture of Dresden, the reconstruction of which has come to be emblematic of peace andreconciliation, has formed a wonderful backdrop to the meetings, providing venues for enjoyablesocial events and informal sightseeing. The city's historic importance as the capital of Saxony wasinfluenced by its position at the heart of Europe. This geopolitical reality remains, making Dresdenaccessible to colleagues from all over Europe and beyond, ensuring that ITOCD has developed intoa unique bridge between colleagues in Europe and those in Asia and from around the globe. Asalways the scientific sessions are crammed with important information and so let us move on withthe primary focus of our attendance here, to see how we bring advances in molecular biology fromthe laboratory to clinical practice speedily and effectively to provide our patients with the maximumbenefit from such ground-breaking developments.
Immediate Past President, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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