PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / Dr. Murat Topoğlu
I was in the last year of my medical education at the Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine in 1984.
Until that date, I was aiming to be an aesthetic surgeon. And guess what happened? Prof. Johannes Bischko who passed away few years ago was invited to our university in order to give some lectures by the Department of Dermatology. He was the President of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Austria on that time. I was one of the participants who have joined one of these seminars. Prof. Bischko showed us some before-after pictures with thermography which had recently started to be used in medicine when mentioning about the migraine treatment with acupuncture. I was so impressed that I decided to focus on acupuncture therapy on that day, and my love have started by this moment for the acupuncture.
Acupuncture Society of Turkey previously organized succesfully the WFAS Congress in Istanbul in 1995. There were only 50 acupuncture expert in whole Turkey and 350 acupuncturist had joined the congress internationally. I was so embarrassed !!
Nowadays, acupunture therapy and traditional – complementary medicine have some much developed that the departments on these departments have been founded in almost all universities and private hospitals within Turkey.
The Acupuncture Society of Turkey worked a lot until that day in order to get the legal regulations for the application of acupuncture in Turkey.
We will now be organizing the WFAS Congress at the Kaya Palazzo Hotel – Belek in Antalya which is a great opportunity for Turkey. I will be honored to invite all my colleagues who are working either on acupuncture or traditional – complementary medicine.
Your precious participation and support is inestimable to our congress where a lot of studies from different parts of Turkey and all around the World will be presented and the results will be discussed interactively.
Looking forward to meeting you on November 14 – 17, 2019 at the Kaya Palazzo Belek – Antalya together with the leading scientists and academicians all over the World.
Dr. Murat Topoğlu
Symposium Chair and
President of the Acupuncture Society of Turkey