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Dear colleagues,

MUDr. Marta Kulichová, CSc.I am greatly honored to invite you to the13th Czechoslovak dialogue about pain that we are organizing this year in our East Slovakian capital, Kosice. Kosice has an ancient history that we would like to show you during our congress. The main theme of our congress is acute pain. In addition to this, we will also discuss the influence of pain on society, These two themes are also life-motives of the World and European year against pain, with which the SSLB identifies. These topics present the challenge to our event to become interdisciplinary, as they concern not only anesthesiologists, but also doctors from different medical specializations, politicians and patients.
We consider this congress to be the broadest possible forum in which to address the problems of acute and chronic pain. The themes of our scientific program deal with current problems on a European and World level.
Against the backdrop of ancient and modern Kosice, the organizers of this event guarantee a remarkable social and cultural experience which, in combination with well-known Slovak hospitality, ensures that you will experience an unforgettable time in October in Kosice.

MUDr. Marta Kulichová, CSc.
      Congress President


Dear colleagues and friends,

MUDr. Alena Šujanová I am highly honored to have the possibility to invite you, on behalf of the congress committee, to the 13th Czechoslovak Dialog about Pain that will take place from the 6th to the 8th of October, 2011 in the Double Tree Hilton hotel in Kosice.
The main topics of the congress were chosen based on the international activities of the EFIC and the IASP – The Influence of Pain on Society and Acute Pain.
Kosice as a capital of East Slovakia has some of unique history within Europe. In 1369 King Ludovicus Magnus granted Košice a coat of arms, making it the first town in Europe ever to use such a symbol on the basis of a royal heraldic warrant.
Some other European firsts connected to Kosice are in the field of sport. Every year on the first Sunday in October, the International Marathon is organized. It took place for the first time in 1924. Kosice’s St. Elisabeth Cathedral is the most southern gothic cathedral in Europe. The oldest secondary college in Central Europe was established in Kosice in 1872 and is the Secondary Technical School for Mechanical Engineering. Further, the biggest Zoo in central Europe can be found in the city, as well as the largest Botanical garden in Slovakia , which boasts the largest collection of cactuses in the former Czechoslovakia. The European Union has designated Kosice the European Capital of Culture for 2013.
I really hope that in the current hectic climate you will not only find time to meet with colleagues and friends, to share your experiences but will also be able to spend a few pleasurable days in our city, which is still important economic, social and cultural center.

MUDr. Alena Šujanová
Congress Organizational team
Member of SSŠLB committee