Invitation to the ISMST 22nd Congress in Beijing

The 22nd Congress of the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST) will be held in Beijing, China, on May 23–26, 2019. As the acting chairman and organizer of the 2019 Congress, I would like to extend my most heartfelt invitation to all ISMST members, as well as to experts and scholars in research and application of shockwave medicine, to attend the Congress.

Since the ISMST was established in 1997, extracorporeal shockwave therapy has gradually developed into a new medical model involving orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery, vasculocardiology, and rehabilitation; namely, shockwave medicine. Shockwave application is not limited to treatment of, for instance, urinary calculi, nonunion, osteonecrosis, and tendinosis, but also has made advances in areas such as treatment of myocardial infarction, skin ulcers, tumors, nerve damage, and male sexual dysfunction. Shockwave-related fundamental medical research has also realized many innovations and led to the publishing of a large number of academic articles. These actions further elucidate the biological mechanisms of shockwave, and promote improvement of clinical application, as well as research and development, of new instruments.

As a worldwide academic organization, the ISMST has performed a great amount of beneficial work encouraging academic exchange among countries. Meanwhile, the Chinese Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment has promoted rapid development of shockwave medicine in China through its organizing of academic exchanges and expert tours, developing treatment guidelines, and other efforts, and has now enrolled more than 500 members.

Beijing, a city with over 3,000 years of history and the world’s largest number of cultural heritage sites, contains the Palace Museum, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Summer Palace, and other historical destinations. As an international metropolis that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and will host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Beijing has a friendly, humanistic environment and ideal urban infrastructure. Especially in May the city has a temperate and moist climate, with twittering birds and the fragrance of flowers. For the 2019 ISMST Congress, we will invite leading experts from around the world to conduct high-level academic exchanges on the application, development, and latest progress of shockwave medicine. Proceedings will take place through various modes such as speeches, symposiums, poster presentations, and live demonstrations. It is sure to provide all participants with a rich and multifaceted academic experience.

Welcome to ISMST2019 and welcome to Beijing!


                                                                                                                         Gengyan Xing 

                                                                                                            President Designate, ISMST

                                                              Chairman, Chinese Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment

                                                                                                          Chairman, ISMST2019 Congress


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