33rd Annual Meeting of the Histiocyte Society - Singapore
It is with great pleasure that the Histiocyte Society welcomes you to Singapore for its 33rd Annual Meeting, to be held October 3-4, 2017. We are back in Asia and that is not by chance. In accordance with the Society’s vision to evolve into a world leader in the field of histiocytoses and its mission to improve patient outcomes everywhere, we are dedicated to bringing science and clinical know-how closer to the patients. The population of Asia accounts for more than half of the world population. We chose Singapore for its perfect location and infrastructure. Since its independence was proclaimed in 1965, this unique city-state has evolved into a modern, international hub and tourist attraction. It offers a great opportunity to combine the intensive scientific exchange with relaxing sightseeing in a marvelous environment. Our meeting venue, the Marina Mandarin Singapore, is located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District and is within walking distance of popular tourist attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer.
This year the Board and the Program Committee have slightly changed the meeting format to meet the common wish for a two-day main meeting. Nevertheless, you will still experience the scientific sessions, the invited lectures and the thematic symposia. Moreover, for interested clinicians, this year we will provide educational sessions on management of LCH, HLH and rare histiocytoses, which will parallel the working group meetings on the pre-meeting day. For the main meeting we were able to win renowned biology experts and clinicians as speakers, who will keep you abreast with the recent advances in the basic and clinical science, will stimulate opinion exchange and discussions, and may hopefully initiate new projects.
The social highlight of the meeting each year is the Annual Banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at Gardens by the Bay, Asia’s foremost garden destination. Gardens by the Bay has earned numerous awards and accolades including the World Building of the Year in 2012 at the World Architecture Festival, the President’s Design Award (Singapore) in 2013, the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014, the Largest Glass Greenhouse (Flower Dome) in the Guinness Book of World Records for 2015, and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016. We hope to have together an unforgettable evening at this unique location.
As you know, a great deal of time, energy and resources go into planning the meeting each year. We are grateful to our annual key sponsor, the Histiocytosis Association, without whose generous support this meeting would not be possible.
I hope you take time to enjoy the multicultural spirit and the touristic highlights of Singapore during your stay.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Singapore.