Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees, Congress Sponsors and Executive Secretariat, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Spain for our 38th Int’l congress.
For the participants of Spanish medical hydrology and balneology, 2012 is a very special year. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chair of Medical Hydrology of the School of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as the 135th anniversary of the creation of the Spanish Society of Medical Hydrology.
Just thirty minutes from Granada, with its UNESCO declared World Heritage monuments since 1984 and where part of the social program was developed, is Lanjarón "land of healthy fountains", the venue of the congress. This historic thermal station, one of the most important in Spain, has lent its services since 1765 and is situated in privileged surroundings such as “The Sierra Nevada National Park”, declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is an example of respect for the environment that makes possible the long-term development of generating wealth.
We are sure your presence and active participation will help to guarantee the success of the endeavour, as this is a unique opportunity to meet and share knowledge with colleagues from all over the world.
Yours very sincerely,
Prof. Dr. Francisco Maraver
Dear ISMH Members and Colleagues
I am delighted to announce that the 38th World Congress of ISMH, the International Scientific Meeting of Medical Hydrology Balneology and Climatology, will take place in Lanjarón-Granada Spain, 20-23 June 2012.
This will be again the only biennial global gathering of the prominent scientists and medical professionals from the medical and related sectors of balneology and representatives of organizations and institutions based on the domains of medical hydrology and climatology. I think you all will agree that being a unique traditional spa town Lanjarón is the perfect choice for the ISMH Congress venue and Spain being a traditional scientific balneological country is the right place.
The motto of the congress, «Medical Hydrology and Balneology: Environmental Aspects» reflects the importance of the preservation of the natural balneotherapeutic factors; water, mud, climate in general and the “healing environment” of the traditional spa resorts in particular. Of course the main topics of the congress will cover all aspects of our common field and will be comprehensively presented as up-to-date lectures by the invited expert speakers. Nevertheless, submitted communications from a diversity of research agenda from all over the world, will be highly appreciated.
As our host Spanish colleagues and Professor Maraver, the president of the Congress, I am really excited about our traditional meeting; the 38th one and I am already looking forward to meeting you all in June 2012 in Lanjarón-Granada.
Prof. Dr. Müfit Zeki Karagülle