A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 7th International Conference of Cellvizio Users in Lisbon, Portugal. This event, made possible by an unrestricted scientific grant from Mauna Kea Technologies, gathered close to 300 physicians, surgeons and researchers from over 30 countries to discuss the evolution of endomicroscopy, a technique used to look at human tissue in real time, at the microscopic level.
This year, a scientific committee of 18 members carefully selected the best submitted abstracts to create an exciting program with several concurrent break-out sessions on a multitude of topics, from intra-operative microscopic imaging during digestive surgery to crowd-sourced assessment of bladder cancer endomicroscopic imaging. As a result of this committee's work, more than 100 scientific presentations and posters were presented on the clinical impact of endomicroscopy.
As in past meetings, multiple clinical, surgical and research disciplines were represented and there was a special interest in the theme of cross pollination between specialties, particularly between clinicians and pathologists. For the first time, a post-graduate course was offered and proved to be very popular among participants.
The energy of this meeting was incredibly positive, with multi-language and multi-specialty enthusiasm. Some of it was captured in video and I invite you to view the highlights and to hear directly from the participants who came from all over the world to attend this conference.
The diversity of the clinical work that is being performed and the subsequent role of endomicroscopy, present and future, are tangible proof of the impact that this technology is having on a constantly expanding number of procedures and specialities.
Once again, this edition of ICCU underlined the importance of regular, face-to-face collaboration. It also highlighted the valuable role of knowledge sharing in inspiring new ideas and opportunities. We look forward to seeing many of you at the next edition!