Major European Congress of Paediatric Surgeons
(L-R) Mr Shane Molloy, President of the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation; Mr Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach; Prof Prem Puri, President of the National Children’s Research Centre and Local Organising Chairman of EUPSA; Prof Zacharias Zachariou, President of EUPSA, at the Opening Ceremony of EUPSA 2014 at the Convention Centre Dublin.
Professor Prem Puri, UCD Newman Clinical Research Professor, hosted the 15th European Congress of Paediatric Surgery in Convention Centre Dublin. The European Congress under the auspices of European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association (EUPSA) was opened by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny on 19th June 2014, and attended by 762 delegates from 66 countries.
This was the first time that the European Congress of Paediatric Surgery took place in Ireland and had the largest attendance ever at an EUPSA meeting. Welcoming the delegates attending the European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association (EUPSA) Congress, Taoiseach stated that paediatric care in Ireland is entering a period of major change.
Ireland is developing a new model of care and investing heavily in a major children’s hospital which will be a single national centre for tertiary care. By merging the three existing Dublin children’s hospitals in to a single large facility and co-locating with a major adult teaching hospital, the new children’s hospital will operate the system well proven in most leading children’s hospitals across the world.
He also stated that the new hospital will be research active, where today’s child health research will be tomorrow’s standard of care. He further stated that the connection between clinical practice, education and research is what drives innovation and the rapid transfer of new therapies into clinical practice.
The Conference during the four days discussed various aspects of modern approaches to advancing the skills of paediatric surgeons and challenges facing the specialty in the future.