Dear colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to take part in the Second Edition of the International Course of Airway and Thoracic Malformations in Paediatrics, to be held on 1-2 October 2018, in Valencia.

The continued and increasing progress made in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units has lead to a better prognosis of many children with severe heart, lung, nervous, and other conditions. Nevertheless, further efforts are still needed to appropriately diagnose and treat paediatric airway lesions, which is why the Committee on Paediatric Airway of Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe (La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital, Valencia, Spain), together with the Asociación de Cirugía Pediátrica y especialidades de Levante (Association of Paediatric Surgery and Specialties of Levante, Spain), has decided to launch this course.

Paediatric thoracic surgery is rapidly developing and evolving as teenagers with chest abnormalities tend to have serious psychological problems. Fortunately, there are currently many surgical and orthopaedic techniques for the management of these problems. However, experts need to get together and share their experience to organise and optimise the knowledge and valuable information available.

On this occasion, we will have the pleasure of welcoming internationally renowned experts such as Philippe Monnier (Lausanne, Switzerland) credited as the father of the modern airway surgery, and outstanding representatives of the American School such as Catherine Hart from Cincinnati and Patricio Varela from Chile. In addition, Donald Nuss, paediatric surgeon from the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) whose technique has revolutionised the concept and treatment of thoracic malformations, will also be present. Finally, there will also be a large representation of distinguished speakers from national centres and, of course, members of our Paediatric Airway Committee team.

The key objective of the course will be to set the basic principles of modern paediatric airway, comparing lines of work from both sides of the Atlantic, with endoscopy sessions, clinical cases, and live surgery.

We hope you will join us and we invite you to get involved in the course by sharing your experiences, which will undoubtedly enrich the content of the course and will help us to continue strengthening ties.

Welcome to Valencia,

Organising and Scientific Committee