The Congress

Dear participants

We warmly welcome you to attend the 3rd European Conference on Post-Polio Syndrome in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The aim of this conference is to improve care for polio survivors who are confronted with post-polio syndrome and other late effects of polio.

This 3-day international conference is unique. It brings together polio survivors and patient union representatives, health care professionals from different disciplines, and researchers from Europe and worldwide, on an equal basis.

In plenary sessions and through interactive workshops you will be able to exchange scientific knowledge, learn from each other experiences and best practices, and discuss about strategies on how care can be improved for the approximately one million polio survivors in Europe.

There will be sessions aimed directly to polio survivors or health care professionals, but also many sessions for all attendants, to discuss the needs of polio survivors, the available care options, future research priorities and to explore opportunities for collaborations.

We hope to welcome attendants from all over the world since polio is a global infectious disease.

Although polio is now almost eradicated by the tremendous and combined efforts of Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, 20 million people across the world are disabled as the consequence from having had polio.

Therefore we hope that this conference helps to spread the knowledge about diagnosis and treatment of post-polio syndrome to developing countries where the epidemics of post-polio syndrome are anticipated in the very near future.

We look forward to meet you in this inspiring event in the beautiful city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country region, Spain!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Pablo Cervantes
Rotary Vitoria, Spain

On behalf of the Program Committee,

    • Frans Nollet
    • Amsterdam UMC
    • The Netherlands
    • Merete Bertelsen
    • Polio Denmark
    • Denmark
    • Gurli Bechmann Nielsen
    • President European Polio Union
    • Denmark