The 15th International Colorectal Forum (icf) will for the first time take place somewhere other than Verbier. From 26 to 28 January 2014 we will meet in Villars-sur-Ollon, a village located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the heart of the Vaud Alps. It is on a natural southern facing plateau, at an altitude of 1'300 meters. Villars is one of the closest Swiss moutain resorts to Geneva (115 km, a 1 hour and 20 minute drive), with easy access by car or public transportation.
This move also means that for the first time icf activities will newly be under one roof. The Eurotel Victoria, where most participants will stay, has large conference and meeting rooms. We hope this will contribute to both the scientific and social quality of the forum. It will give everyone the opportunity to reach the session hall easily and to spend time discussing the issues both inside and outside the conference hall.
The scientific content has been arranged by Willem Bemelman from Amsterdam, and our excellent Programme Committee. It will start with the « Marc-Claude Lecture », given for the first time by a pathologist, Najib Haboubi from Manchester, who will talk about the malignant polyps and explain how histological assessment can contribute to clinical decision making. The regular video session will be dedicated to right colectomy for cancer. Rectal cancer, difficult abdominal surgery and surgery for ulcerative colitis, and a selection of « hot » specific topics will also be covered during the five sessions. After each section there will be a multidisciplinary case discussion with real life stories related to the session theme.
At a time when there are many competing symposia, the International Colorectal Forum has a very special appeal. The relatively small group includes some of the major opinion formers in this area, with an opportunity for lively discussion and comment not possible in the big meetings.
We hope that many colleagues will return or indeed come for the first time to the icf in Villars-sur-Ollon. Find out what is the breaking news in our speciality, join in the debates and make new friends at what is simply the best boutique meeting in colorectal surgery.