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May 21 2024

Highlights from the ISSVA Congress 2024 in Madrid


The ISSVA Congress 2024, held in the lively city of Madrid from May 7-10, brought together the world’s leading experts in vascular anomalies for an inspiring exchange of knowledge and innovations. This prestigious event was a melting pot of groundbreaking presentations, engaging discussions, and significant milestones. VASCERN’s Vascular Anomalies Working Group (VASCA WG) played a pivotal role, showcasing their expertise and commitment to improving patient care in the field of vascular anomalies.

The VASCA WG members delivered several notable presentations, each reflecting their dedication and cutting-edge research:

  • The ISSVA Classification by Emir Haxhija
  • Infantile Hemangioma: Diagnosis and Associations by Eulalia Baselga
  • Infantile Hemangioma: Management by Carine van der Vleuten
  • Vascular Malformations – Multidisciplinary Approach/Networks by Miikka Vikkula
  • Imaging in Vascular Malformations by Annouk Bisdorff-Bresson

Additionally, VASCA WG members participated in a case panel discussion and shared their latest research in oral abstract sessions, contributing to the rich scientific discussions and sharing valuable insights.

Miikka Vikkula at ISSVA 2024
Carine van der Vleuten at ISSVA 2024
VASCA Magazine at ISSVA
Leo as new ISSVA president

At the congress, patient organizations from VASCERN’s VASCA working group had their own table to highlight the work of their organizations, as well as the second edition of the VASCA magazine. The magazine is an important resource filled with the latest information, research updates, and inspiring personal stories. The magazine was well received and reinforced VASCERN’s commitment to patient education, support and empowerment.

A significant highlight of the congress was recognizing Prof. Leo Schultze Kool’s new role as President of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA). Prof. Schultze Kool, Co-Chair of the VASCA WG, has been a driving force in advancing the field through his innovative research and collaborative approach. His appointment as ISSVA President is a testament to his leadership, vision, and unwavering dedication to improving patient care worldwide.

The ISSVA Congress 2024 was a resounding success, showcasing the VASCA WG’s contributions and the broader impact of their work on vascular anomalies. The dedication and expertise of VASCA members continue to drive progress, enhance patient outcomes, and inspire the global medical community.

We celebrate these achievements and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all VASCA WG members for their outstanding presentations and to Prof. Leo Schultze Kool for his new leadership role. The future of vascular anomalies research and treatment looks bright, driven by the passion and commitment of these exceptional professionals.

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