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Symposium information<br />

Date<br />

Tuesday, August 31 – Friday, September 3, <strong>2004</strong><br />

Venue<br />

The symposium venue is the main building of the Vrije Universiteit (VU<br />

University), located in the South-Western part of Amsterdam, close to Schiphol<br />

International Airport and the symposium hotels. There are good railway, tram and<br />

bus connections between the Vrije Universiteit, the hotels and the airport.<br />

Official language<br />

The official symposium language will be English.<br />

Registration and abstracts<br />

Although a 2 nd <strong>announcement</strong>/call for abstracts will be mailed, we would like to<br />

encourage everyone to submit abstracts and register for the symposium via the<br />

internet at www.ssiem.org.uk/amsterdam.htm. Visit this website and get on<br />

our e-mail list to take advantage of updates, abstract and registration information.<br />

Hotels<br />

The official housing bureau, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has reserved numerous hotel<br />

rooms in Amsterdam at special symposium rates. Details will be published in the<br />

2 nd <strong>announcement</strong>/call for abstracts and on the website<br />

www.ssiem.org.uk/amsterdam.htm in February <strong>2004</strong>.<br />

Key dates<br />

mid-February <strong>2004</strong>:<br />

April / May, <strong>2004</strong>:<br />

Early June, <strong>2004</strong>:<br />

July 1, <strong>2004</strong>:<br />

August 31, <strong>2004</strong>:<br />

Symposium office<br />

2 nd <strong>announcement</strong> / call for papers and start of on-line<br />

abstract submission and registration<br />

deadline abstract submission<br />

notification of abstract acceptance<br />

deadline for early registration discount and<br />

hotel reservation<br />

start of SSIEM 41 st Annual Symposium<br />

Ms. Irene van Baardwijk & Mr. Ron van Veen<br />

PAOG Course and Congress Organisation<br />

VU University Medical Center<br />

P.O. Box 7057<br />

1007 MB Amsterdam<br />

The Netherlands<br />

phone: +31 (0)20 444 8444<br />

fax: +31 (0)20 444 8445<br />

e-mail: post.paog@med.vu.nl<br />

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT<br />

<strong>2004</strong><br />

SSIEM 41 st Annual Symposium<br />

Amsterdam, the Netherlands<br />

August 31 – September 3, <strong>2004</strong><br />

www.ssiem.org.uk/amsterdam.htm


Invitation<br />

Dear colleagues,<br />

On behalf of the SSIEM Council and the Local Organising Committee I have great<br />

pleasure in inviting you to the 41 st Annual Symposium of the SSIEM, which will<br />

take place at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam from the 31 st of August to the<br />

3 rd of September <strong>2004</strong>.<br />

Following a decision by the SSIEM Council the symposium will officially start on<br />

Tuesday, the 31 st of August. This means that the ERNDIM Meetings, the Dieticians<br />

Meeting and the Mini-Symposium will be fully integrated in the programme.<br />

The theme of the meeting will be ‘Metabolic encephalopathies’.<br />

The symposium timetable will also provide ample opportunity to meet and talk<br />

with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, an attractive social and<br />

excursion programme will be organised for delegates and accompanying persons.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam for what we trust will be a very<br />

enjoyable and professionally rewarding experience.<br />

Cornelis Jakobs<br />

Chairman Local Organising Committee<br />

Scientific programme<br />

The mini-symposium on Tuesday the 31 st of August is devoted to ‘Dominant<br />

expression of metabolic diseases’.<br />

The main programme has four plenary sessions focusing on leucoencephalopathies,<br />

movement disorders, congenital malformations of the brain, and acute cerebral<br />

presentation of inherited metabolic disorders. A fifth plenary session will cover<br />

‘late breaking news’ chosen from the submitted abstracts.<br />

In a large number of parallel sessions with free communications selected from the<br />

submitted abstracts, new clinical, but mainly biochemical and molecular findings<br />

related to inherited metabolic diseases can be presented. We plan to organise<br />

parallel sessions on fatty acid oxidation defects, cholesterol biosynthesis defects,<br />

glycosylation defects, creatine deficiency syndromes, respiratory chain defects,<br />

peroxisomal and lysosomal disorders, disorders of neurotransmission and<br />

neuroreceptors, and disorders of homocysteine and B vitamin metabolism.<br />

However, the final choice of the topics of these parallel sessions will depend on<br />

the number and quality of the abstracts.<br />

A large space is available for poster presentations. We can accommodate up to<br />

300 posters.<br />

Local organising committee<br />

Prof. Dr. Cornelis Jakobs (chairman), VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Nanda Verhoeven (secretary), VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Nico Abeling, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Herman ten Brink, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Ries Duran, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Prof. Dr. Marjo van der Knaap, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Tom de Koning, University Medical Center Utrecht<br />

Prof. Dr. Bwee Tien Poll-The, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Gajja Salomons, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Prof. Dr. Ronald Wanders, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Dr. Hans Waterham, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam<br />

Amsterdam<br />

The Dutch capital has been – through the centuries – a renowned cultural,<br />

scientific and commercial centre and has always been characterised by its open<br />

mind and flexibility. It cherishes a long tradition of unrestricted exchange of<br />

ideas. Although Amsterdam is one of Europe’s leading capitals, it still has the<br />

charm of a village. No other European city can rival Amsterdam’s 7,000 historic<br />

buildings, some of which date back to the 14 th century. The well-known<br />

symmetrical rings of canals with over 1,000 bridges summon up visions of<br />

Holland’s Golden Age. Amsterdam has a dazzling array of cultural attractions with<br />

something for everyone. Virtually all points of interest are well within walking<br />

distance.<br />

There are 42 museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the<br />

Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum, the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum), and<br />

the Anne Frank House. The city is also the home of the internationally acclaimed<br />

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch Opera.<br />

Moreover, the Dutch are multilingual which makes getting around so much easier.<br />

Amsterdam will welcome you warmly and you will feel at home in one of the<br />

most interesting cities of Europe.<br />

Excellent accessibility from all over the world<br />

Amsterdam can be reached quickly, directly and comfortably from all over the<br />

world. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is a very modern airport, which has direct<br />

scheduled connections to 237 cities in more than 100 countries by 85 airlines.<br />

Train and motorway connections to Amsterdam from all major European<br />

destinations are excellent. Train and taxi connections from Schiphol Airport to the<br />

symposium venue take only 10-15 minutes. The city centre can be reached in just<br />

20-25 minutes.

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