WUWHS 2016, the international conference for wound healing, will be held in Italy on 25-29 September 2016. 5,000 physicians and paramedics will come together in Florence for the event, which is organised by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. Marco Romanelli, president of WUWHS 2016 and president elect of WUWHS for the 2016-2020 period, tells us more.
The World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) regularly gathers the most important international associations for the care and healing of hard-to-heal wounds. WUWHS 2016, the 5th World Congress, will take place on 25-29 September 2016 in Florence, Italy. The venue is the Fortezza da Basso, a Renaissance masterpiece of military architecture.
The summit calls together the most prominent world-class experts in the field of wound healing. During the event, these industry players will discuss the serious medical and social problem of skin ulcers, which are often overlooked by health systems.
WUWHS 2016 will be held over four days of meetings, comprising five plenary sessions, 37 symposia, 26 workshops and 26 focus sessions. Organisers expect around 1,000 abstracts to be submitted for the conference, and 5,000 physicians, paramedics and students to attend from around the world.
"The organisation of WUWHS 2016 is entering its most intense phase," says Marco Romanelli, professor and director of the dermatology department at the University of Pisa, and president of WUWHS 2016. "We are working hard to make the Italian World Congress highly innovative and a valuable contribution to medical professions at all levels: physicians, nurses and all those who treat skin wounds on a daily basis.
"It is crucial that WUWHS 2016 is not just an occasion to debate, but also an important training opportunity for all of us," he continues. "We are also very proud to say that world experts in wound healing are joining our faculty, and we are looking forward to meeting them all in beautiful Florence."
Hosting WUWHS 2016 are the Italian Association for the study of Cutaneous Ulcers (AIUC) and the Nursing Association for the Study of Wound Care (AISLeC). There are also two European co-hosting societies: the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS).
The motto of the 5th World Congress, 'One vision, one mission', acts as a brief summary of the purpose WUWHS has set for the future: to vigorously promote greater aggregation and integration among all existing scientific associations in the world whose mission is the treatment of hard-to-heal wounds.
WUWHS's mission is also to improve the standards of patient treatment and healthcare systems in different countries, to educate all health professionals, and to assist in approaching patients by offering the best possible care. WUWHS promotes large-scale clinical studies with the aim to fight onset of skin ulcers.