From the Scientific Committee Chair
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join other lymphedema health professionals, scientists and consumers from around the world for the 2016 Asia Pacific Lymphology Conference to be held in May, 2016 in Darwin, Australia. The theme for the conference ‘New Networks – New Solutions’ is based on the unique opportunity we have to bring together the 11th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference and the 6th International Lymphoedema Framework Conference. The scientific program is designed to stimulate the development of new partnerships and enrich prior multidisciplinary collaborations, thus improving the way we prevent, diagnose and manage lymphatic diseases and disorders.
The planned presentations and workshops to be delivered by our keynote and invited speakers will cover a range of topics, including molecular and cellular understanding of the lymphatic system, advances in diagnostic methods, and understanding the lived experiences of those with lymphatic disease. Our two internationally-renowned keynote speakers (Prof Maryls Witte and Prof Terence Ryan) bring to the conference a rich history in the lymphology setting, and have a deep understanding of the impact of lymphatic disease on the developed and developing world. Their contribution to this International Conference will ensure we learn from the past and present in a way that will facilitate rapid advances and the identification of new solutions for the future.
The conference is being held in Darwin – the Northern Territory’s capital city and the gateway to South-East Asia. Darwin is a beautiful city in its own right, worthy of setting time aside to explore. It sits on the edge of a gorgeous harbour, is a modern sophisticated city while being steeped in history, and despite enduring many hardships over the years, remains a friendly, laid-back city that you’ll want to visit again. While in the Top End, you’ll also want to take the opportunity to experience some of the most unique places in the world, including the World Heritage listed Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, both of which display some of the most spectacular fauna and flora Australia has to offer.
We all look forward to seeing you in the Top End in May!
(On behalf of the Scientific Committee)