The Organising committee of the Evolutionary Melanoma Conference has made the difficult decision, after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to postpone the conference, originally scheduled for the 8-9 May 2020 in Limassol, Cyprus. A rescheduled meeting is being planned for early next year.

The Committee has been closely monitoring the rapidly increasing domestic and worldwide developments during the last several weeks related to COVID-19. This evidence-based decision was made after a thorough review of and discussion concerning all factors which impact the Conference. These include the Republic of Cyprus’ enforcement of restrictions on international travelers entering Cyprus, and the opinion of the Counsel of Infectious Disease experts. It is clear that all of these elements significantly affect the ability of delegates, speakers, presenters of proffered papers, and exhibitors to participate fully in the Conference.

The health, safety, and security of all Conference attendees are the Organizing Committee’s highest priorities. Whilst we believe that the decision to postpone the meeting is absolutely the correct one in order to safeguard our participants from further potential exposure to the coronavirus, we also understand that this is disappointing for our sponsors. We recognize that the presentation of new data, exchange of information, and opportunities for collaboration offered by the Conference are highly valued by the entire cancer research community, and we are investigating options for rescheduling the Conference as soon as possible.

We thank all of our sponsors for their patience and support at this time. We will announce the dates and location of the rescheduled Evolutionary Melanoma Conference 2020 as soon as they are confirmed. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this global health crisis.


WELCOMING NOTE BY DR. SIMON MALAS

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF), a non governmental, not-for-profit organization, is honored to host the Evolutionary Melanoma Conference in Cyprus from 8-9 May 2020. It will be held under the auspices of the First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, the Ministry of Health and other multiple Professional Bodies.

We are proud to announce that this prestigious event is being held in Limassol, one of Cyprus’ coastal cities which has a shoreline sweeping along beautiful stretches of beaches. Limassol, the cosmopolitan hub of the island, is known for its effortless blend of modern sophistication and its ancient past.

The Conference, which will begin by focusing on orbital melanoma for much of the Friday afternoon, will also offer sessions on major breakthroughs and advances in Cutaneous Melanoma and will include epidemiology, prevention, histopathology, molecular pathology, staging and challenges in surgery, as well as current advances in immunotherapy and targeted therapies, the benefits of local therapy and the experiences of patients who live beyond the disease.

Outstanding health professionals from around the world are being invited to participate in the roles of chairs, co-chairs, and speakers. There will be many learning opportunities which will provide the necessary tools needed to enhance and personalize the care offered to patients by both experienced and young clinicians, as well as nurses and other allied professionals.

We are confident that our scientific program, together with our well known Cyprus hospitality, will make the Evolutionary Melanoma Conference a memorable event and we hope to leave a mark for the future! We look forward to welcoming you all to Limassol!


Dr. Simon Malas
Conference Chair

WELCOMING NOTE BY DR. ANNA ACHILLEOUDI

Dear Colleagues,

Pasykaf is organizing a scientific conference titled:  EVOLUTIONARY MELANOMA CONFERENCE, which will take place in Limassol in May 8 & 9 2020, at the Mediterranean Hotel.

We sincerely wish and hope that this conference will live up to your expectations and that you will be updated and informed of new research developments, methods and tools when dealing with melanoma.

For this purpose we have invited distinguished Greek and other European speakers who have experience in the medical and research fields.  All presentations are directly related to the Diagnosis and latest therapy protocols of Melanoma.

In addition to the organized presentations we are looking forward to sharing with you your experience in these fields via verbal or poster announcements.  It is hoped that by working together and creating the right basis and conditions, productive discussions will take place which will hopefully lead to conclusions and strengthen the collaboration  of all specialties involved and improve the quality of health services and the patient’s own personal experience.  

We believe that the success of the conference at these difficult times, and without losing sight of the fact that the patient is our priority, will be based on your effective participation.

It would be an omission if I did not thank in advance all colleagues and others involved in the organization of this conference. 

While looking forward and expecting the very best results, my wish is that you all strengthen your collaborations by sharing your knowledge, ideas and opinions, while having a very pleasant stay in Limassol.

We invite and look forward to welcoming you all with joy!

Dr. Anna Achilleoudi
President of PASYKAF