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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure and honour to invite you to the 15th Annual Congress of Turkish Thoracic Society which will be held in Starlight Hotel Congress Center, in Antalya-Side between 11-15 April 2012. This year' s congress is special in that we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Turkish Thoracic Society.

In this congress, the program will include new features beside the postgraduate courses, symposia, pro-con discussions, conferences, case presentations and update sessions for specialists. Thus, we will discuss the past and the future of our society in the symposium entitled "Turkish Thoracic Society from past to present". The session for fellows planning to visit and work in an institution abroad will be repeated as the young colleagues have benefited much from a similar session last year. We also look forward to enriching the program with multidisciplinary symposia, sessions including the patients' perspectives and presentations of national health policies.

We have also organized a social program for the participants to have a good time and relax after the intensity of the day sessions, featuring celebration of the 20th anniversary, live music performances, folkloric dance courses, wine tasting, philosophy talks and meetings with various experts.

We aim to have an effective and fruitful congress with the hope to refresh our professional knowledge and also have a good time together. We look forward to your participation and contributions for a successful meeting. Yours Sincerely,

Elif Şen
Şule Akçay
Congress Scientific
Committee Chair
Pınar Çelik
Feyza Erkan
President of the
Turkish Thoracic Society