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Dear Colleagues:

You are invited to take part in the World Congress of Asthma, which will be held in one of the world's great cities, Québec City, Canada, on August 18-21, 2012.

The members of the Organizing Committee have put together a superb educational and networking meeting that should be one of the highlights of 2012 in the field of respiratory medicine. All clinicians and researchers, as well as allied health professionals interested in asthma are invited to attend this event. World class speakers will offer an update on the epidemiology, physiopathology, clinical management and various other aspects of care of children and adults with asthma.

You should take this opportunity to visit our most beautiful European-like region. Québec City is renowned for its hospitality, gastronomy, near-by nature and various attractions that will make this journey a most memorable one. The old part of the town is on UNESCO's world heritage sites list and the European ambiance in a North American setting within a bilingual French and English environment that will appeal to visitors from all continents. In a recent survey of 28 000 readers of the magazine Condé Nest Traveler, Québec City was declared the best destination in Canada, the third best in North-America and the 6th best in the world.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to the World Congress of Asthma in Québec in the summer 2012. I also invite you to look at the virtual tour of the city on our website.


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of Interasma, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 21st World Congress of Asthma which will be held from August 18 to 21, 2012 in Québec City, Canada.

Interasma was founded in 1954 with the aim of uniting the efforts of internists, pediatricians, allergologists and chest physicians to provide a better standard of care for asthmatic patients. Two years later the very first World Congress of Asthma was held in Lubeck/Bad Lippspringe, Germany. Since then, congresses have been held successfully every two to three years with steadily increasing quality and participation.

As one of the primary activities of Interasma, this Congress represents an outstanding opportunity for scientists studying asthma and clinicians treating asthmatic patients to share recent information and experiences. This is especially important, as over the past few decades, we have seen a dramatic increase in asthma prevalence which has created a great socio-economic burden in many parts of the world. Through this Congress, we are able to take a closer look at the causes of asthma which will hopefully allow us to develop more effective treatments for this widespread disease.

Let us also not forget the intimate friendships and fruitful memories we are sure to make in beautiful Québec City, which I am told is one of the oldest and most historic cities in North America.

My sincerest gratitude goes to Professor Louis-Philipe Boulet and the local Organizing Committee for their hard work and wonderful organization which will surely result in a great success. I look forward to meeting all of you in Québec in 2012!

Sincerely yours,