||Dear friends and distinguished colleagues,
It is with extreme pleasure that we invite you to attend and participate in the 5th Annual Congress of the Turkish Thoracic Society, to be held in Antalya, Turkey on April24- 27, 2002.
You are warmly welcomed in customary hospitality to join us in this congress, where the latest developments in respiratory medicine and basic regional and global problems concerning lung health will be discussed.
In what holds the promise of being a lively and memorable event, the 5th Annual Congress has been organised in close collaboration with the European Respiratory Society( ERS) as well as the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases( IUATLD). We especially attach importance to the hope that a marked number of the presentations are expected to be from countries of the region, with presidents, or representatives, as well as members of the thoracic societies of the Middle East, Caucasian, the Balkans and Central Asia participating as lecturers, moderators and speakers.
The Annual congress of the Turkish Thoracic Society is sure to be not only a scientific venue where the latest developments and national lung health problems are discussed, but also to extend this prospect to that of a scientific medium where respiratory medicine problems relating to over 350 million people living in 10 regional countries are discussed. It is with this in mind that we can clearly see the importance of advancement, not only for our country and region but also for worldwide practices in the field of respiratory medicine.
The official languages of the 5th Annual Congress will be Turkish and English with simultaneous interpretations taking place throughout the congress. With a scientific program consisting of 80 sessions in clinical and basic sciences in which 600 original researches will be presented, satellite symposia being held in the evenings and 6 social topics of our profession also being discussed by experts in the field, this full program of more than 80 sessions is hoped to provide major contributions to national and international practices.
We would like to extend our welcome and look forward to your participation in this our 5th Annual Congress to be held in Antalya, a haven to many ancient cultures and a tropical paradise full of history, nature, sea and sun.
During the conference, where it is our hope that a high scientific and social event will be attained, we eagerly look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with you.
| Ali Kocabaş
||Eyup Sabri Uçan
| President of TTS
||Scientific Committee Chair