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19th International Conference on Behçet's Disease

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 19th International Conference on Behçet's Disease, which will be held on July 9-11th, 2020 in Athens, Greece under the auspices of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.

Greece is the cradle of medicine, as Hippocrates, one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece and transformed it to science, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology with which it had traditionally been associated. Thus, Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine and his name is still very much associated with medicine today with the ‘Hippocratic Oath’. Inspired by Plato’s “Symposium” it is a great honor to welcome you to Athens, the historical capital of Europe for the 19th International Conference on Behçet's Disease.

The Conference, which is the major educational and scientific event on Behçet's disease, will provide high quality contributions on a wide range of topics including clinical practice and innovations as well as basic science. Young physicians will have the opportunity to obtain inspiration and experience from renowned experts. The participants will address symptoms, side effects, treatments and current research efforts in the field.  

Athens is home of democracy, philosophy and theater. The historic center of Athens is an open-air museum, yet the city’s cultural and social life takes place amid these ancient landmarks, merging past and present. Most importantly, its welcoming and hospitable culture and people make every visitor feel at home. Accessibility is key in Athens with the multi-awarded Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the fastest-growing airports globally. In addition, the state-of-the-art transportation network, including Metro, Bus, Tram, Train, Trolleybus and expansive highways, allows for an easy and quick transportation. Easily accessible from Piraeus port are numerous islands, one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for tourists all around the world. It is a unique opportunity for delegates to combine intensive days of state-of-the-arts scientific lectures in the hometown of one of the most important ancient civilizations with an unforgettable holiday in the breathtaking Greek archipelago.

For further information you can visit our website www.behcet2020athens.com which will constantly be kept updated with information regarding the 19th Conference.

On behalf of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease and the Local Organizing Committee I look forward to welcoming you in Athens in July 2020.

Petros P. Sfikakis, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine & Rheumatology

Dean, National & Kapodistrian University of  Athens Medical School 
President of the 19th International Conference on Behçet's Disease

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