In the week ahead the attention of health and medical care professionals from around the world will once again focus on Düsseldorf, as the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2011, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2011, High tech solutions for medical technology, the leading trade fair for the suppliers market in medical manufacturing, get underway.
Both of these events report a record number of participants, with 4,571 exhibitors from 62 different countries registered for MEDICA 2011. Meanwhile, COMPAMED, which has taken place in parallel to MEDICA since 1992 (COMPAMED runs from 16 - 18 November 2011) boasts 627 exhibitors from 40 different countries this year. In total, MEDICA and COMPAMED 2011 will once again fill all 19 halls at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.
A visit to MEDICA 2011 will be enough to convince any expert on the medical industry of the capacity for innovation in the medical technology industry. The topics presented are clearly structured by product group to cover the full product range, systems and services for the provision of medical care in doctors' surgeries and hospitals, from laboratory technology and diagnostics to physiotherapy equipment and consumables and from electromedicine and medical technology to information and communication technology.
The link between technical applications, instruments and products and their application in the field of diagnosis and therapy of specific diseases at MEDICA is made by the interaction between the trade fair, with its integrated themed areas and forums such as the MEDICA MEDIA FORUM (telemedicine/medical IT in Hall 15), the MEDICA TECH FORUM (state of the art diagnostics presented from a doctor's point of view and innovations in medical technology in practical use in Hall 11), the MEDICA VISION (presentation forum of research institutions organised by the BMBF in Hall 3) and the MEDICA PHYSIO FORUM (presentation of physiotherapy applications in Hall 4).
A new addition to the topical programme at MEDICA this year is the MEDICA WOUND CARE FORUM in Hall 6. This forum, taking place right in the thick of the action, will present information about current trends and new approaches to treating chronic wounds and will be held each day throughout the fair.
The MEDICA programme will also once again feature the regular highlights such as the MEDICA Congress, Germany's largest interdisciplinary training forum, which attracts several thousand participants each year, and the German Hospital Conference, the largest communication platform for German hospital managers. Under the umbrella of the 34th German Hospital Conference, this year will also see the premier of the EUROPEAN HOSPITAL CONFERENCE. This event, for which 150 participants have already registered, is intended for top decision-makers from European hospitals and will feature contributions from the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) and the European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians (AEMH).
COMPAMED 2011 will take place in parallel to MEDICA 2011. At the leading international trade fair for the suppliers' market in medical manufacturing, which will take place from 16 - 18 November 2011, some 627 exhibitors from 40 different countries will present a broad range of new materials, components, intermediate products and services including complete contract manufacturing for the medical technology industry. Two integral technical forums, organised by the professional association for microtechnology, IVAM, (in Hall 8a) and the trade magazine Devicemed (in Hall 8b) will round off the show with a number of lectures, many of which will be in English.
The halls will be open each day from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday (MEDICA only).
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