Welcome address

 Dear colleagues,
 
It is an honor, and a privilege for all of us to invite you to participate in the 4th World Congress of the International Academy of Oral Oncology in 2013.
 
The Congress, after being held in three continents during the last 8 years, reaches the land of Aesculapius and Hippocrates in 2013 and will take place in the beautiful island of Rhodes in Greece from May 15-18. Rhodes, being the capital of Dodecanese Islands, is one of the most enchanting parts of Greece with 3,000 years of history, culture and civilization.
 
During the course of the past 8 years, the IAOO has made significant strides with growing membership, drawing specialists from all parts of the world interested in the field of oral cancer. The successes of the previous three world congresses, in Amsterdam in 2007, in Toronto in 2009, and in Singapore in 2011, are a testament to the need for an assembly of oral oncologists from all sub specialties. We are confident  that the 4th World Congress will be equally informative, interesting and rewarding. It is our desire to emphasize the interface, blending, and interaction between basic science, targeted therapies, and novel clinical practices in this congress.  Thus the choice of “From genes to clinical care” as the main theme of the Congress was natural.
 
It is our desire to invite each and every one of you to come to Rhodes and take a moment from your every day busy schedule and think, evaluate and communicate with colleagues, what we have achieved so far, what are we seeking and how we will reach our goals.
 
Oral cancer remains the extreme paradigm of team work and collaboration of many diverse and different medical and basic science  disciplines. Perhaps no other medical problem in the human asthenia has had so many different specialties dealing with its resolution.
 
The intention of this Congress will remain threefold: educational, scientific and recreational. Educational for the young and the older, scientific for the inventing and inquiring minded, and recreational for all of us. 
 
Our intent is to prepare and deliver a scientific event that will remain in the memories of all of us for the years to come. We make a promise that you will be able to say with pride that you have been there.
 
We are expecting you all.
 
Crispian Scully CBE
President
Alexander D. Rapidis
Congress President
Luiz P. Kowalski
Secretary General
Patrick J. Gullane
Treasurer
Jatin P. Shah
Chairman of the Council