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2nd Pannonia Congress of Pathology

and 80th Anniversary of the Society of Hungarian Pathologists
organised by the Pathology Societies and IAP Divisons of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia

Siófok, Hungary, 17-19 May, 2012


Photos of the congress DATE: 11.06.2012
Presentations of the congress Date: 11.06.2012
Final program Last update: 11.05.2012
Map of the congress Date: 20.04.2012
Travel itinerary Date: 24.04.2012
Intercongress session Last update: 26.04.2012

Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland
Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
European Society of Pathology
European Society of Pathology
Hamamatsu Photonics
Hamamatsu Photonics
DAKO Central Europe
3DHistech Roche Hungary

Janina Kulka

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to introduce the scientific programme of the 2nd Pannonia Congress of Pathology.
This time Hungary, more precisely Siófok, the capital city of the Lake Balaton will host this event which was first held in Graz, Austria, two years ago. Then the presidents of four Central European pathology societies decided to get together and get to know each other in person. Now, six societies participate in the organisation of the congress, but we hope that the programme and the beautiful Hungarian spring will attract colleagues from all over Europe and maybe from overseas.
To organise such a multi-national conference gives us the joy to bring together English speaking pathologists who may have known each other only from published papers.
The main topics of the scientific programme were decided together and each participating society nominated the speakers according to the topics. Thus, we shall have the best speakers, the best specialists of the fields from each country. Not only that, but two outstanding keynote lectures are ahead of us: we have the privilege to welcome in Siófok the President, Dr. Michael Wells, and the President-Elect, Dr. Fátima Carneiro, of the European Society of Pathology. Dr. Dontscho Kerjaschki will give a special lecture about the latest results of his research regarding lymphatic spread of breast cancer. Dr. Gabrijela Kocjan from the UK, Dr. Thomas Krausz from the US, Dr. Anna Sapino from Italy and Dr. Dietmar Schmidt from Germany also kindly accepted our invitation to give lectures at the congress.
This occasion is very special from another aspect as well: the year of 2012 is the 80th anniversary of the Society of Hungarian Pathologists. On this occasion, a Historical Slide Seminar will be organised, with demonstration of original slides from 1932, the year of the foundation of our Society. Some of the presented slides were made by the great Hungarian pathologist, Ödön Krompecher himself.
The venue of the conference is a modern wellness and conference hotel by the Lake Balaton, Hotel Azúr, suitable for both science and leisure. So please, bring your families and enjoy your stay in Hungary.
Another appealing scientific event in Siófok, the Technology Transfer in Diagnostic Pathology 7th Central European Regional Meeting - Hot issues in molecular pathology, organized by the Hungarian Division of IAP, - will take place from 14-16 May, the days just before the Pannonia Congress of Pathology. So please, consider to spend that whole late spring week with us in Hungary.
See you in May 2012 in Siófok.

Yours cordially,

Janina Kulka
President of the 2nd Pannonia Congress of Pathology

Honorary president: Prof. Dr. Helmut Popper

Presidents of the participating societies
Austrian Society of Pathology and Division of IAP Prof.Dr. Andreas Chott
Croatian Society of Pathology Prof.Dr. Damir Babić
Czech Society of Pathology and Division of IAP Prof.Dr. Aleš Ryška
Society of Hungarian Pathologists Prof.Dr. Janina Kulka
IAP Hungarian Division Prof.Dr. Zsuzsa Schaff
Slovak Society of Pathology Prof.Dr. Dušan Daniš
IAP Slovak Division Prof.Dr. Lukáš Plank
Slovenian Society of Pathology Dr. Izidor Kern

Janina Kulka, Hungary
Andreas Chott, Austria
Sigurd Lax, Austria
Helmut Popper, Austria
Sven Seiwerth, Croatia
Aleš Ryška, Czech Republic
József Tímár, Hungary
Attila Zalatnai, Hungary
Dušan Daniš, Slovakia
Lukáš Plank, Slovakia
Izidor Kern, Slovenia
Metka Volavšek, Slovenia


The official language will be English.

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Azúr Hotel****
8600 Siófok, Erkel Ferenc utca 2/B

The wonderful Mediterranean style Azúr Hotel is the largest conference and wellness centre on the southern shore of the Lake Balaton. The conference division is uniquely equipped with technology, while the wellness centre ensures the rejuvenation of body and soul. The brand new games centre and the culinary pleasures of the restaurant make the hotel a perfect location for those arriving with families.
Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Siófok has always played a leading role in the Southern Transdanubian region - first military and commercial later as a resort. Major hotels were constructed at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, and the place became a popular spa for artists, actors and the upper-middle class of Budapest. Today Siófok is an important touristic centre, 'the capital of the Lake Balaton'. The city pampers visitors with flowers, parks, statues and Hungarian hospitality.

Driving directions to Azúr Hotel
Turn off the M7 motorway at the 105 kilometre stone and from there go toward the centre or the sailing boat harbour - going straight at each junction. After you cross the rail tracks, the gate of the hotel is 200 meters from the corner of Vitorlás and Erkel Ferenc streets.


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Abstract submission: 31 January 2012 15 February 2012
Early registration fee: 29 February 2012

The meeting program includes basic and comprehensive lectures, slide seminars, posters and discussion.

Main topics:
Thyroid pathology
Pathology of the uterus
Non-lymphomatous lymph node pathology
Quality assurance and quality control
Basics for young pathologists will cover Liver and biliary tract pathology and Ovarian pathology

The scientific organizers reserve the right to make changes as seems appropriate.

Abstracts for poster presentation only must be submitted via the submission form on www.kmcongress.com/pcp2012, maximum 1,200 characters of text (excluding name and affiliation).
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2012 15 February 2012
Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. The decision of the Abstract Evaluation Committee will be forwarded to the author by e-mail until 29 February 2012. Presenting authors must register and pay the registration fee.
Format requirements
Title: maximum of 100 characters, do not use capital letters.
Authors: first name(s), initial(s), surname, presenting author underlined.
Affiliations: institute, department, city, country.
Key words: maximum five
Abstract main text should include the following sections:
- Introduction/Background
- Objective/Purpose
- Method
- Results
- Conclusion
All abstracts should be written in English
Abstracts will be published in the Final Program included in the congress bag. Submission implies consent to the publication.
Poster size: max. 90 cm × 120 cm vertical.

EACCME Accreditation The ‘Society of Hungarian Pathologist’ (or) ‘2nd Pannonia Congress of Pathology’ is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net.
The ‘2nd Pannonia Congress of Pathology’ is designated for a maximum of (or ‘for up to’) 17 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The letter of accreditation can be downloaded here.

Final program

The scientific organizers reserve the right to make changes as seems appropriate.

before 29 February 2012 after 29 February 2012
Members of the organizing societies 120 EUR 160 EUR
Non-members 160 EUR 200 EUR
Residents 80 EUR 100 EUR
Accompanying persons 80 EUR 100 EUR
(Fees include 21.26% VAT)

The registration fee includes admission to the scientific programs and the exhibition, congress bag with handouts, coffee and refreshment during the breaks, lunch on 17, 18 and 19 May, congress dinner on 18 May.
Accompanying persons' fee includes coffee and refreshment during the breaks, lunch on 17 , 18 and 19 May, congress dinner on 18 May.
Undergraduate (1st degree) students: please contact the congress secretariat (info@kmcongress.com) for a registration fom. A proof of status is required for registration.


Welcome Party
Thursday, 17 May
A cocktail reception will take place at the garden.

Hungarian Society's 80th Birthday Party (incl. in the registration fee)
Friday, 18 May
Historical slide seminar
Menarini Award Menarini Award
Announcement of poster awards

Sightseeing Tour for accompanying persons
Friday, 18 May
(incl. in the accompanying persons' registration fee)


The weather in May is usually mild in Hungary, temperature ranges between 20-24 Celsius. Do not forget to bring along your umbrella, since showers may occur.

is informal at all occasions.

Entry visa is not required for the citizens of the European countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan and USA. Citizens of other countries should apply for visa at a Hungarian diplomatic mission or consular post in the country of their permanent or habitual residence. Hungary is part of the Schengen area. Citizens of the EU member states, as well as those of Croatia and Switzerland may travel to Hungary with an identity card.

Currency, exchange, bank cards
The official currency is the Hungarian Forint. Exchange facilities are available at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desk of the banks. ATMs are available throughout the country. American Express, Visa, Diners, MasterCard, JCB cards are mostly accepted in hotels, restaurants and city stores, but you should ask before ordering a service or purchasing goods.

The Organizing Committee does not assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to carry the proper travel and health insurance.

Electricity supply and phone
In Hungary electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz like in most European countries. The 2-pin connecting plug is different from that used in some other countries (e.g. USA, UK, Japan etc.). Phone and mobile service background is according to European standards.

By public transportation: Hungary lies at the crossroad of the main tourist traffic in Europe. More than 30 regular and low cost airlines operate flights to and from Budapest. From Budapest Siófok is accessible by train or bus.

Travel itinerary

For timetables please visit the websites:
www.bud.hu/english - Budapest Airport flight infomation
www.volanbusz.hu/en - bus timetable
elvira.mav-start.hu - train timetable

By car: Toll must be paid on motorways M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7. Annual, monthly, four- or ten-day vignettes are available.
The following websites can help you make your route plans: www.viamichelin.com, www.utvonalterv.hu

On behalf of the conference K&M Congress Ltd. has reserved rooms in Siófok. Hotel Azúr is the headquarters hotel of the meeting. Renegade Sport Hotel is within walking distance from the venue.

You can make your reservation via the congress website or by returning the Registration Form to K&M Congress Ltd. before 29 February 2012. For each room reservation 1 night deposit and credit card guarantee are required. Full payment is required at the congress registration desk. Deposits are not refundable for any cancellation after 29 February 2012.

Azúr Wellness Hotel**** Azúr Wellness Hotel**** (www.azurhotel.hu)
8600 Siófok, Erkel Ferenc u. 2/c
Double room with single occupancy 80 EUR / room / night
Double room 100 EUR / room / night
Premium double room with single occupancy 110 EUR / room / night
Premium double room 135 EUR / room / night

Prices include breakfast, taxes, parking and free use of the wellness centre of the hotel.

SPECIAL OFFER in Azúr Wellness Hotel
Will you take part in the 7th Central European Regional Meeting of the Hungarian Division of IAP "Hot Issues in Molecular Pathology" as well?
If you book the period 14-19 May, you will get 50% reduction from the room rate on 16 May.
If you book 5 nights for the two meetings, you will get the 6th night free.

Renegade Sport Hotel*** Renegade Sport Hotel*** (www.renegadehotel.hu)
8600 Siófok, Petőfi sétány 4.
Single room 55 EUR / room / night
Double room 75 EUR / room / night

Prices include breakfast, taxes, and parking.

Lunches on 17, 18 and 19 May are included in the registration fee.

Welcome party
Thursday, 17 May 15 EUR / person

Hungarian Society's 80th Birthday Party
Friday, 18 May included in the registration fee

Overnight in Budapest in 3*** hotel
Saturday, 19 May
single room with breakfast 80 EUR / room / night
double room with breakfast 90 EUR / room / night

1) online by bank card via secure bank line on www.kmcongress.com/pcp2012
2) via bank draft made payable to K&M Congress,
account no: IBAN HU90-1030-0002-5120-0040-2630-4885
Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank, Inc., H-1056 Budapest, Váci u. 38.
Swift code: MKKBHUHB

In case of cancellation
until 29 February 2012: 80 percent refund of the fees paid;
after 29 February 2012: no refund.
Written refund requests must be submitted to the Conference Secretariat before 29 February 2012

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