Dear colleagues,
On behalf of the ISSM and ESSM, we invite you to join us for an exciting International Symposium on Prostate, Androgens and Men's Sexual Health. For more than 3 decades, the ISSM and ESSM have stood at the forefront in developing innovative, evidence-based quality education for sexual health experts and health care professionals worldwide. Through biennial world and regional meetings and other year-round educational events, the ISSM and ESSM set the highest standards for sexual health education worldwide and offer unparalleled access to groundbreaking research, new guidelines and the latest advances in sexual medicine. This is the second of a series of themed 2-3 day meetings, jointly convened by the ISSM and affiliated regional societies. The theme, focus and content of the scientific program have been carefully selected and represent many of the challenges confronted by physicians with an interest in sexual medicine. The first day will be dedicated to all aspects of prostate diseases - their impact on men's sexual health, the individualization of treatment to maximize preservation of sexual function and the burden of sexual dysfunction on both the individual and his partner. Special attention will be directed towards the effect of prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) on sexual function, the conservative and surgical management of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and the management of sexual dysfunction following treatment of prostate cancer with watch-full waiting, radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

Day two exclusively focuses on all aspects of androgens and related hormones and their effect upon adolescent and adult male general and sexual health. Both the efficacy and potential risks of androgen and other hormonal replacement therapy will be discussed with special attention directed towards the use of androgen replacement therapy in hypogonadal men previously diagnosed with and/or treated for prostate cancer.

On the third and final day, a series of three interactive round tables focusing on the main topics of the symposium will be conducted to provide delegates with a practical overview of the meeting themes integrated with a series of "tricks of the trade" to serve your patients and couples needs best in your daily practice.

The International Symposium on Prostate, Androgens and Men's Sexual Health promises to be an outstanding educational experience with a Faculty which includes many of the acknowledged world experts and opinion leaders in the field of benign prostate disease, prostate cancer and androgens.

We invite you to enjoy this amazing city as you surround yourself with the aura and atmosphere of the new Berlin during evening strolls through the "hip" districts of Germany's capital city. Berlin has changed much since the fall of the wall in 1989.

We look forward to all aspects of this meeting, both scientific and social and encourage each of you to listen, to learn, to disagree, to debate and if required to argue, and most of all to enjoy both old and new friendships.

Thank you for joining us...

Hartmut Porst, MD
President of the ESSM
Chris G McMahon, MD
President of the ISSM