13th UAA Congress 2015 3-6 September, Shanghai, China
The 13th Urological Association of Asia Congress was successfully held by the Urological Association of Asia (UAA) and organized by the Chinese Medical Association and the Chinese Urology Association (CUA) on September 3-6th, 2015 in Shanghai. This Congress was held together with the 22nd CUA annual meeting. A total of around 5000 urologists from 36 countries and regions and from 32 provinces/cities in China participated in this Congress. This year's UAA Congress holds the largest number of participants and abstract submissions. The agenda and organization of this year's UAA were of the largest scale in the history of UAA, with the meticulous planning and arrangement of the local organizing committee. The subjects of the Congress are quite novel. The actual effects and the academic level of the Congress were much higher than expected. This UAA Congress is also considered as a precious gift for the 25 anniversary of UAA.
The agenda of this 4-days Congress was divided into 2 plenary sessions, 3 main-sessions, 4 specialized-sessions and 3 sessions of affiliated associations, in addition to 26 subspecialty sessions. There were 633 lectures, including invited speeches and abstracts, and 34 cases of live-surgery performance and 44 posters. The contents of this Congress cover all the subspecialties in urology with special focus on the latest progress in clinical and basic research. Furthermore, invited speakers from EAU, AUA, SIU, European countries and the States shared their understanding of the cutting edge progress in Urology world-wide. To fulfill the needs of the grassroots urologists, the organizer arranged a forum on Urology in Developing Countries in addition to the contents of academic frontier.
The theme of this year's Congress is "Asian Urology, the world's future". This Congress focused on originality, novelty, and the cultivation of future talents in Asian Urology. Discovery and Innovation Sessions in this Congress encouraged original researches and provided an opportunity for researchers to share progress in multi-center studies in Asia. Consensuses of Asian experts were established. Authoritative Urological experts in Asia were invited to discuss on some main diseases in Urology (prostate cancer, bladder cancer, urinary stones) and consensus were reached on the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases which may help to promote the standardization of clinical practice in diagnosis and treatment and perspectives in further studies. The future of Asian Urology depends on the cultivation of the next generation Urologists. A special session of live-surgery was setup for younger Urologists. A rigorous screening of submitted surgery video was performed to ensure the high quality of the included surgeons. All of the included surgeons were under 45 years old. The surgery performance was warmly welcomed and these young urologists were greatly encouraged. Thirty-three young urologists from underdeveloped countries/regions received sponsorship from CUA and UAA to participate in the Forum of Younger Urologists. This forum provided a high-end platform for the cultivation of excellent younger urologists.
March-in Session at the opening ceremony of this congress was an innovation in field of social activities. The organizing committee designed this special session to enhance the cohesion and solidarity of Asian Urologists. Representative from each association was confirmed by intensive contact and communication. Each volunteer was assigned to lead one representative onto the stage to ensure the whole process is smooth and consistent. The March-in Session was splendid and inspiring. This year marks the 25 years' anniversary of the UAA. Social activities in this congress, including Welcome Dinner and Huangpu River Night, fully illustrated the theme of 25 year anniversary. Award ceremonies of Prominent Chinese Urologists and Prominent Younger Urologists were held during the artistic performance. These social activities were of high academic and artistic level and fulfilled their function as a bridge for cultural exchange and a bridge of friendship. These social activities played an important role in enhancing communication and solidarity in between Urology associations in Asian countries.
UAA Executive Committee and Council meetings were held on September 2nd and 5th, respectively. Important affairs of the association were discussed and decisions were made. Smooth transition of the presidency of UAA was performed on the council meeting: Yinghao Sun, President of CUA, became the president of UAA. Malaysia was elected as the host country of UAA 2019.