INVITATION

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Dear Colleagues,

The 16th annual congress of Turkish Thoracic Society will be held in Maritim Pine Beach Hotel Convention Center, Belek, Antalya on 3-7 April 2013. We are pleased and glad to invite you to the congress, which is saluted with the slogan of “while I breathe, I hope”. 

Until now, Turkish Thoracic Society has successfully organized 15 congresses starting from 1996, which were annually held since 2000. Considerable effort and altruism behind the scene is the main reason for the high quality of the congress in every aspect. A special feature of the annual congress is the production of such an outstanding masterwork with the collaboration of not only the chief committee, but also each unit including all the members, headquarters,
specialists and resident executive members and sponsors and congress company under the supervision of the congress organization committee. Most of us are aware of the fact that this is a growing experience, which helped us for the scientific progress and lasting friendships we gained through these congresses.   

Scientific program, as for each annual congress, will present novelties in addition to the training courses, panel discussions, pro-con debates, conferences, case presentations and update meetings. We approach you with a scientific program full of multidisciplinary panel discussion, meetings including patients’ viewpoints and sessions on national health policy. Our society will continue its support to its members for attending the congress by a congress participation funding. This year we are intending to enhance the scientific progression and participation by awards scheduled on various topics.    

We are trying to prepare an enjoyable and satisfactory social program, which will help for refreshment by providing good spare time in the evening after a long day with such a full demanding scientific program.

Overall, we are working hard to establish a congress which will be appropriate for Turkish Thoracic Society that has devoted itself to lung health for more than 20 years. We hope that 16th Congress will be a beneficial and productive congress as it has been for all previous congresses.

We wish you another successful congress together with your participation and contribution.

Respectfully Yours. 
Metin AKGÜN
Congress Secretary
Ahmet Uğur DEMİR
Chairman of
Scientific Committee
Metin GÖRGÜNER
President of the Congress
Sedat ALTIN
President of the
Turkish Thoracic Society