I am pleased to invite you all to the 18th International Conference on Behçet's Disease, which will be held on September 13-15, 2018 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands under the auspices of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.
The Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam is a recognized Academic Center of Excellence on Behçet’s Disease in the Netherlands and participates in the European Reference Network in Behçet’s disease. It is the first time for Rotterdam to host the International Conference on Behçet’s Disease. I am honored and proud to welcome you to our beautiful and vibrating city, that has a ranking in the top-10 of most exciting city of the world. Rotterdam, with the largest port of Europe, is a lively city with an ever-expanding skyline full of modern architecture. The city center of Rotterdam is compact and easy accessible. Connections by rail and road from the Schiphol Airport will bring you directly to the Rotterdam city center in only 25 minutes. And the Rotterdam/The Hague airport serves over 40 European destinations. Downtown Rotterdam offers a wide variety of hotels and attractions within walking distance. The riverside city of Rotterdam is a city of extremes; a metropolis where past and present converge. Its world-class port, 100 years of modern architecture, cutting-edge arts & culture, wide range of shops and food markets offer something for everyone to enjoy.
The international conferences on Behçet’s Disease are always a main event for physicians and researchers interested in Behçet’s disease. The contributors provide top oral presentations and poster sessions of accepted abstracts on a wide range of topics including basic immunology, genetics and clinical innovations. Meet-the-expert sessions will give young physicians an opportunity to share experiences with experts in the field. Extra breakfast and lunch sessions will allow those interested in development of new therapies to gain knowledge and contacts. To challenge our honorable members we will invite distinguished speakers on the topics innate immunity, genetics, clinics, including innovative therapies. Our website www.behçet2018rotterdam.nl will constantly be kept updated within information regarding the 18th Conference and is integrated by an App that is specially designed for the conference.
I look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam in September 2018 and on behalf of the International Society for Behçet Disease and the Local Organizing Committee I extend you a warm welcome.
Jan van Laar
President of the 18th International Conference