Brussels, Belgium, 10-13 April 2002

Letter from the Local Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to invite you to join the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of ESCI which will take place in Brussels, Belgium, 10-13 April 2002.

The ESCI Annual Meeting provides a multidisciplinary forum for scientists engaged in studies of basic mechanisms of molecular biology and pathophysiology as well as in clinical and therapeutic trials.

For the third time, an ESCI Postgraduate Course on Molecular Biology : “Functional Genomics”, organized by Bruno Fouqueray, Paris, France, preceeds the scientific meeting in Brussels.

Brussels was founded in 979 and became the capital of Belgium in 1830. Brussels is also one of the three federalist regions of Belgium and the capital of the European Community. It heads the largest economy block of the world. Brussels is called “the company town” for European Government. In this city of art and culture, you will also enjoy the charm of downtown with its old houses, pubs, typical cafes and restaurants. Brussels, indeed Belgium, is renowned for its culinary excellence, from the typical Flemish and Walloon food to the cuisine from virtually every corner of the world. Who hasn’t heard of our Belgian beer (more than 500 varieties) or tasted our incomparable chocolates?

I hope that you will actively contribute to the scientific success of this meeting by presenting your work and sharing your knowledge with us. We will be waiting for you in Brussels.

Patrick Evrard
Meeting President

Letter from the President

On behalf of the European Society for Clinical Investigation, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 36th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation that is being held in Brussels from April 10th to 13th, 2002. We will meet in the “capital” of Europe, a nice and cosmopolitan city.

We have a very interesting programme with 20 workshops and subspeciality sessions. The outstanding workshops presented in this programme are additionally complemented with highly rated speakers for the Plenary Sessions. I invite you to present your work, either in abstracts to workshops or to subspeciality sessions, and attend the 2002-ESCI meeting. It is a unique opportunity to participate in a meeting where discussion, on single topics, is vertebrated from basic to clinic within the same sessions. As such ESCI was a pioneer in bridging the gap between bench- and bed-side work, in bringing close together complementary, and sometimes divorced, areas of basic and translational research in medicine.

Patrick Evrard, a former Councillor of ESCI, is the President of the Local Organizing Committee. We want to thank him and the rest of the Members of the Local Organizing Committee for their work toward the preparation of a scientifically outstanding and surely successful ESCI-2002 Congress.

Lina Badimon
President of the European Society for Clinical Investigation

Local Organizing Committee

Patrick Evrard
Université Catholique de Louvain
ICU Department
Mont-Godinne University Hospital
B-5530 Yvoir

Local Scientific Secretariat Phone: +32 81 42 30 21
Fax: +32 81 42 30 23

Patrick De Coster
Julian Donckier
Laurence Galanti
Olivier Gurné
Claude Hanet
Jacques Melin

Congress Office

Travex Congrès
Béatrice Vandermeuse
Parvis de la Trinité 8
B-1050 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 533 2044 / 2045
Fax: +32 2 537 7588

Congress Venue

Catholic University of Louvain
Faculty of Medicine – Main auditoria
avenue Mounier, 52
B-1200 Brussels

A post-graduate course will be organized by Bruno Fouqueray in Brussels on Wednesday, 10 April 2002.


I Plenary Lectures

  1. Generation of reactive oxygen species : a matter of life or death
    Dirk Roos
    Dept. of Experimental Immunohematology
    Central Laboratory Netherlands Blood Transfusion Service (CLB)
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. The Nox family of NADPH oxidases
    J. David Lambeth
    Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    Emory University Medical School
    Atlanta, USA
  3. Recent advances in assessing cardiovascular neural regulation in health and disease
    Alberto Malliani
    Istituto di Scienze Biomediche
    Universita Degli Studi di Milano
    Milano, Italy
  4. Therapeutic vaccination of melanoma patients
    Thierry Boon
    Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
    Brussels, Belgium
  5. ESCI Award for Excellence in Clinical Science 2002 Lecture
    (formerly ‘Mack-Forster Award’) – winner to be announced

II Workshops

  1. Gene polymorphisms in drug therapy
    W. Kirch (Dresden, Germany), R.B. Kim (Nashville, USA)
  2. Clinical and genetic aspects of postprandial lipemia
    M. Castro Cabezas (Utrecht, The Netherlands), J. Ribalta (Reus, Spain)
  3. Corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis, from cell to prevention
    Y. Boutsen (Yvoir, Belgium)
  4. Circulatory Alterations in the Acutely III
    J.L. Vincent (Brussels, Belgium)
  5. Vascular reactivity: mechanical stress and CV response
    D. Hayoz (Lausanna, Switserland)
  6. Endothelium in coronary disease
    O. Gurné (Brussels, Belgium), J.L. Balligant (Yvoir, Belgium)
  7. Iron in infection and inflammation
    J.J.M. Marx (Utrecht, The Netherlands), R.R. Crichton (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  8. HDL function, reverse cholesterol transport and lipid transfer
    R.P.F. Dullaart (Groningen, The Netherlands). A. van Tol (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  9. Immunopharmacology of life-threatening diseases: insight into the new millennium
    K. Mašek (Prague, Czech Republic), J.W. Hadden (USA)
  10. Phagocytes: molecular basis of cell function
    P. Hordijk (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), L. Dekker (London, UK)
  11. Pain relief: from pathophysiology to therapeutic options
    M. De Kock (Brussels, Belgium)
  12. Hepatocyte and liver transplantation
    E. Sokal, J. Lerut (Brussels, Belgium)
  13. Beyond statins for the control of hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular disease
    L. Badimon (Barcelona, Spain)
  14. Metabolic and neurohumoral parameters as risk factors in heart diseases
    P. Selvais (Maulde, Belgium), M. Hermans (Louvain, Belgium), M. Rousseau (Brussels, Belgium)
  15. Primary pulmonary hypertension: from bench to bedside
    M. Leeman (Brussels, Belgium)
  16. Prevention of restenosis after coronary angioplasty
    E. Schröder, C. Hanet (Yvoir, Belgium)
  17. From nicotine receptor to bronchoemphysema
    L. Galanti (Yvoir, Belgium)
  18. Therapeutic option of monoclonal antibodies
    A. Bosly (Yvoir, Belgium)
  19. Atrial fibrillation; new concept and therapeutic option
    L. De Roy, S. Levy, L. Jordaens (Yvoir, Belgium)
  20. The human maternal-fetal interface: from molecular biology to clinics
    Dr. A.M. Bamberger (Hamburg, Germany)

III Subspeciality Poster Sessions

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes/Metabolism/Lipids
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology/Liver
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Immunology/Rheumatology
  • Nephrology/Hypertension
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Intensive Care Medicine

Subspeciality poster sessions will be chaired poster discussions and are scheduled on the afternoon of Friday 12 April. No parallel workshops will be held then. Posters of outstanding quality may be selected for oral presentation at the general oral session at the end of Friday’s programme.

Poster Awards: the four best posters (including workshop posters) will be awarded the Poster Award 2002 to the amount of EUR250 per poster.

For further information please contact:

Travex Congrès Cliniques Universitaires de Mont-Godinne
Parvis de la Trinité 8
B-1050 Bruxelles
Université Catholique de Louvain
Service de Documentation Médicale
Avenue Thérasse, 1
5530 Yvoir, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 5371100
Fax: +32 2 5377588
Telephone: +32 81 423021
Fax: +32 81 423023