Corlas session at the IFOS

A Corlas session on “Viruses and ORL Neoplasms” will take place at the IFOS (Paris) on Monday June 26th, 2017 (10:30-12:00) and afterwards the Members’ Lunch will start at 12:30 at the Meridien Hotel.

Annual Report 2016

Dear Members and Friends of the Collegium

The 90th anniversary of our society was celebrated in Bordeaux, France on August 28-31, 2016. This was the third time for CORLAS Annual Meeting to be organized in Bordeaux. The meeting was wonderfully planned and hosted by our President René Dauman with the help of his wife Catherine and Vice President Olivier Sterkers, and with the support of the French CORLAS group. The record performance in terms of participants was achieved as more than 300 people attended the meeting. Bordeaux offered us a great week of high-class scientific programme and truly attractive social activities, which will be described in this report together with a summary on other CORLAS activities during 2016. Attached you will find the Treasurer’s report and a collection of photos from the Annual Meeting, Social Programme and Post Congress Tour.

Helsinki, December 28th, 2016

Antti Mäkitie

General Secretary

+ Collegium annual report 2016 (pdf)

Meeting 2016 Bordeaux

Hosting in Bordeaux the annual conference of this prestigious society, CORLAS (Collegium ORL Amicitiae Sacrum), is a huge privilege for the French group, the ENT School of Bordeaux launched by Professor Georges Portmann and so brilliantly pursued by Professor Michel Portmann.

Georges Portmann was among the founders of the Collegium and organized twice the conference in his city, in 1931 and 1956. Michel Portmann exerted the function of CORLAS Treasurer for a quarter of century (1966-1990) and then passed on this responsibility to Jean-Marie Aran for eight years (1990-1999). Paul van den Broek, then General Secretary (1987-2000), was kind enough to ask me to succeed to Jean-Marie as Treasurer, thus allowing me to join the Board and start working with Pekka Karma.
The CORLAS meeting organized in Lyon by Alain Morgon in 1999, with it’s so particular French touch throughout the conference and the post-conference tour in the Beaujolais, is still in the memory of the many attendees present.
The years during which I had the immense honor to act as General Secretary (2008-2015) have considerably influenced the course of my career and I am greatly indebted to the CORLAS French, honorary and non-honorary, members who supported me during this period so fortunate for me. Without their help, in particular that of Olivier Sterkers, I would not have been able to imagine organizing this conference in Bordeaux.
For decades Bordeaux has attracted numerous tourists knowledgeable in wine. With the remarkable work undertaken by Alain Juppé, Mayor of the city since 1995, the city of Bordeaux nowadays also seduces worldwide visitors for the beauty of many stone-buildings, the delicate homogeneity of its avenues, the renovated banks of its Garonne River. Water and soil have sculpted the organization of the vineyards, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on the right bank of the Dordogne, Medoc on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, and the trio Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes on the left bank of the Garonne, south to the city.
The President and the Vice-President of the Bordeaux conference along with the city of Bordeaux will do their best to provide our friends from all around the world with a warm and hearty welcome in August 2016.

+ Official website

+ Scientific programme

2015 annual report

The discovery of gold by James Marshall and John Sutter with the help of a mill built on the American River in the Sacramento Valley, in 1848, turned out to be a major event which attracted a huge amount of people to California. Using maritime routes crossing the North and South Pacific Ocean as well as the Atlantic Ocean through the Cap Horn, people from Asia, west coast America and Europe converged to the nearby San Francisco Bay. This phenomenal gathering illustrates quite well what some of nowadays economists refer to as the search for what we don’t have, an irresistible driving force.

That the American CORLAS group, led with dynamism and pugnacity by President P. Ashley Wackym, selected San Francisco to host our annual conference can find one it sources in this seminal concentration of people. A series of other reasons also conducted our American friends to focus on the “forty-niners” town, among which the tremendous Silicon Valley enterprises and prestigious Californian universities are to be highlighted.

The participants to the Sunday 23 August Family Tour had the opportunity to share two opposite experiences. The first was to visit the famous Alcatraz jail, located on a small island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, which used to be the symbol of imprisonment for dangerous criminals. The second was to bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, a tour which results in a heady feeling of freedom when accomplished for the first time. Impressive was also the view of boats moving beneath us while we were facing the cars driving towards the city. The ferry we took afterwards from Sausalito showed how popular this tour is for the nowadays Californian youth. During the following presidential evening reception at the Palace Hotel, we were warmly welcomed by Ashley, his wife Jeremy, and the Vice-president Herman A. Jenkins.

+ CORLAS annual report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Collegium,

With his striking sense of wording, the British historian Steven Runciman describes the Fall of Constantinople, in 1453, as a tragedy for the Greek people and, at the same time, a new start for the Ottoman Empire. By hosting the 61th CORLAS meeting at the edge of the Marmora Sea, close to the Bosphorus entrance, President Metin Önerci enabled some 225 members, guests and accompanying persons to realize the dual meaning of this middle-age crucial event. Behind the long murals that had contributed to its fame, the capital of the fifteenth-century Byzantine Empire was in a weaker position than it seemed at first sight. While economical power and political influence of Byzantium had inexorably been declining over the previous decades, the Turkish army had become the strongest armada of this part of the world, both in terms of infantry, cavalry, artillery and, above all, organization of its components. This remarkable military development was made possible by the talent of rulers such as Osman, Orhan, Murad (I and II) and Mehmet II. The Ottoman sultanate’s final victory was accelerated by divisions in Christendom. The reasons for disagreement were, first, religious as a result of the long-lasting theological conflict between Western (Rome) and Eastern (Constantinople) Church, the Vatican being even more reluctant to bring military support to a community that refused its leadership. There were also other sources of limited cooperation between Western forces, such as struggle for influence between occidental monarchs and trade rivalry between Genoese and Venetian states, among others.

The Corlas Board met on Saturday 23 August 2014 at Polat Renaissance hotel, the venue of the conference. The proposals made by the Board to the General Assembly will be described in the section devoted to Business meeting. For the time being, the composition of the Board throughout the whole conference is recalled: Metin Önerci (President), Orhan Ozturan (Vice-President), René Dauman (General Secretary), Reidar Grénman (Treasurer), Ashley Wackym (President-Elect and Second Secretary), Wolfgang Arnold (Counsellor), Yasuo Hisa (Counsellor), Hamlet Suarez (Counsellor), and Matti Anniko (Editor to the Acta, the reference review for the conference-related manuscripts). The Credentials committee consisting of Allen Ryan (USA, President), René Leemans (The Netherlands) and Patrice Tran Ba Huy (at the end of his last term, France) joined the Board in its second part.

+ Corlas Annual Report 2014