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Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Disturbed metabolism of homocysteine and of related compounds has been attracting the attention of scientific and clinical communities for more than four decades. The growing interest in homocysteine, reflected also in the ever increasing number of scientific publications, led to the establishment of the International Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism. The first Conference took place in Ireland in 1997 and since then it has been organized in different European cities every other year.

During the past decade these Conferences have developed into a forum where basic science and clinical medicine meet in order to understand, diagnose, prevent and treat human diseases associated with disturbed homocysteine metabolism. The most experienced of you have witnessed how the field has slowly changed from an esoteric rare genetic disease to large-scale secondary prevention trials, and even population based folate fortification policies in several countries. As evidence accumulates we are starting to realize the complexity of effects associated with such interventions. Meta-analyses of secondary prevention trials are expected to become available in the first half of 2009 and I hope that we all will have an opportunity to experience and discuss the clinical and epidemiological impact of these meta-analyses.  Furthermore we can continue to anticipate exciting discoveries in the basic science of homocysteine- related problems.

We will spare no effort to ensure an open, informal and relaxed environment to promote the exchange of ideas, for meeting old friends and making new friendships, and most importantly to maintain the friendly spirit of our Conferences.

On behalf of the Organizers I cordially invite you to participate at the 7th International Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism in June 2009.


Looking forward to seeing you in Prague.


Viktor Kožich
Scientific Organizing Committee, Chair


The 7th International Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism Has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)   to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.

The conference is designated for a maximum of, or up to 20 European CME credits (ECMEC's).

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