The World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) was founded in 2004 by a group of international physicians and surgeons who recognized the need for a cohesive approach to promoting research, fostering education, and improving the survival of patients with intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and/or abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). While it remains a fledging society, the WSACS has arguably accomplished a great deal in its first three years including the development of evidence-based medicine consensus definitions and recommendations statements, publication of the first textbook on ACS as well as a monograph of cutting-edge research findings, and development of a worldwide network of clinicians and research scientists.

In May 2015 we will be organizing the 7th World Congress on the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome where we will review the current status of IAH and ACS in clinical practice, review contemporary diagnosis and management, as well as discuss new challenges and solutions.

The 7th WCACS will focus on:

*Prevention and early detection of IAH and ACS

*New insights in the epidemiology and pathophysiology of IAH

*IAH outside of the ICU

*Disease specific IAH e.g. burns, pancreatitis, liver disease

*IAH and ACS in children

*IAH and fluid resuscication

*Abdominal decompression – indications and limitations

*Open abdomen management

*Abdominal wall reconstruction.

The Congress will be held in “het Pand” Congress Centre of Ghent University. ‘Het Pand’ is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants. It was recently acquired by Ghent University and converted to a congress center. The venue is located in the heart of the historical city center, within walking distance of all major hotels and touristic attractions. Ghent is a vibrant city, nested between Brussels and the coast, with a population of around 300,000 inhabitants.