Dear colleagues


We would like to cordially welcome you to the joint meeting of the Swiss Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology.


For our congress, we have chosen the wonderful Swiss Riviera at the border of the Lac Leman which offers a unique environment, where work can be ideally combined with spending relaxing hours together with your colleagues and meeting new people.


The main components of “Montreux 2016” are the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology and the Springtime Meeting of the Swiss Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery held concomitantly on Thursday & Friday, 28th & 29th of April. The scientific contributions of young researchers in all fields of our specialties and the basic science sessions of allergologists and immunologists will be enriched by three joint interdisciplinary plenary sessions. The congress is preceded by the extraordinary “Jürg Tschopp Memorial Symposium” on Wednesday, 27th of April.


The exciting program of “Montreux 2016” is built on numerous ideas, followed by the hard work of dedicated colleagues, demonstrating their great enthusiasm and productivity. As a result, you will find a large spectrum of clinical, translational, and basic scientific sessions. The joint SSAI / SSORL meeting provides a rich program under the slogan “Where Science and Clinic Meet” and offers the unique opportunity to share experience and knowledge among the respective experts in the field. The “Memorial” is a great opportunity to hear about the most recent scientific advances in biology, with specific emphasis on inflammatory mechanisms.


Many promising developments in medicine, biological sciences and technologies have been brought about in recent years. The enhancement of support from the public, government, private and philanthropic sectors opens new doors and bears great potential for new opportunities. These opportunities are best realized when people meet together, make initiatives for new projects and
developments, and consider meaningful policy changes.


The aims of “Montreux 2016” are to deepen our knowledge, to develop collaborations, extend our professional network, and to promote favorable developments in our specialties that span a rich and diverse biomedical environment.


Above all, we hope that you will enjoy your time in Montreux, and that you can share your knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues and friends. We wish you a successful and satisfactory stay, and thank you for your attendance and contributions.


Yours sincerely,


The members of the SSAI & SSORL steering and scientific committees.


Prof. Daniel E. Speiser   Prof. Dr. med. Sandro Stöckli
President elect of SSAI   President of SSORL