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Hamburg’s medical congress win confirms city as healthcare hub

Hamburg has won the bid to host the 2022 conference of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF).

The conference, which is aimed at advancing research into hydrocephalus and associated disorders, will take place in September 2022. The event is expected to host more than 500 of the world’s leading specialists.

Nele Aumann, head of the convention division at Hamburg Convection Bureau, said: “Our successful bid for the ISHCSF once again demonstrates Hamburg’s strong position in the area of medical congresses.

“We work closely with our dedicated healthcare cluster to ensure medical congresses can tap into the city’s diverse scientific landscape. We highly value this excellent cooperation with the city’s healthcare professionals as their expertise and support considerably increase Hamburg’s chances of winning a tender.

“Time and again, our local network here in Hamburg has proven to be the most solid foundation to build on.”

As Aumann mentioned, Hamburg has an established local medical network, which is managed by Gesundheitswirtschaft Hamburg (Health Economics Hamburg), a subsidiary of the City of Hamburg and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The Hamburg healthcare cluster includes companies, universities, research and training institutions, hospitals, care providers, physicians insurance companies and insurance funds, as well as professional chambers, associations and interest groups.

This win for Hamburg underpins its reputation as an intellectual capital for medical congresses. Another major factor in the decision for Hamburg to host the annual conference, are the thousands of individuals affected by age-related hydrocephalus in the city.

“Demographic change has led to a rapid increase in age-related hydrocephalus. In Hamburg alone, there are currently more than 20,000 individuals affected by this condition,” said professor Uwe Kehler, president of the 2022 congress and senior consultant of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hamburg-based Asklepios Hospital.

One out of seven employees working in Hamburg is active in the healthcare sector and over the past decade, the gross value added by Hamburg’s healthcare sector is more than 9.6 billion euros.

In other medical conference news, Hamburg has also recently won bids to host the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).