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World Gastroenterology Organisation Regional Member Societies' International Meetings in Asia and Latin America

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2010 - Volume 44 - Issue 7 - p v
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3181e7f81c
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The largest gastroenterology meeting in Latin America: the 32nd Pan-American Congress on Digestive Diseases: Gastro-Guayaquil 2010 (September 30-October 4, 2010).

Carlos Ledesma (President, AIGE) comments on the upcoming meeting: “The 32nd Pan-American Congress on Digestive Diseases (Gastro-Guayaquil 2010) will take place from September 30 to October 4, 2010 and is the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting in Latin America, attracting more than 3000 physicians and will be held at the Convention Center in Guayaquil, Ecuador.”

Speakers from all over the Western world will be contributing to the scientific program in the field of gastroenterology and digestive endoscopy. The program has been developed by the Scientific Committee to cover the continuing advances being made in the science of gastroenterology, digestive endoscopy, hepatology, and digestive surgery. The 32nd Pan-American Congress on Digestive Disease will be offering interdisciplinary symposia on new approaches to diagnosis and treatment, with a special emphasis on innovative technical advances in the noninvasive management of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders. Participants will also be able to take part in the 2 full-day postgraduate courses in gastroenterology and endoscopy and a simultaneous satellite transmission from the 2010 Boston International Live Endoscopy Course.

The conference is being organized jointly by the Asociación Interamericana de Gastroenterologia (AIGE), the Sociedad Interamericana de Endoscopia Digestiva (SIED), and the Asociación Latinamericana para el Estudio del Higado (ALEH, the Latin-American Association for the Study of the Liver), the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO), and the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy (OMED).

The Asian-Pacific Digestive Week 2010 comes to Malaysia (September 19-22, 2010).

K. L. Goh (President, APDW 2010) notes: “The Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (MSGH) is hosting the Asian-Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) for the first time from September 19 to September 22, 2010, focusing on “Gastroenterology in the Asian-Pacific Region: Excellence in the New Decade.” The meeting will be held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, and more than 3000 participants are expected.”

The APDW 2010 is the tenth such conference since the successful inaugural meeting in 2001 in Sydney under the presidency of Professor Geoff Farrell. The APDW is modeled on the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in the United States and the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW). The meeting brings together annually the scientific meetings of 4 Asian-Pacific societies: the Asian-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE), the Asian-Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE), the Asian-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), and the International Society of Digestive Surgery (ISDS).

The conference will be preceded by 2 workshops:

  • The ADPW 2010 Postgraduate Course, chaired by Professors Guido Tytgat and Shu-Dong Xiao, focusing on digestive cancer (cosponsored by APAGE, IDCA, and EAGE).
  • The OMED/APSDE Endoscopy Directors' Workshop, chaired by Professors Anthony Axon and William Chao.

The main scientific meeting will have 5 concurrent sessions. Highlights of the conference will include the 2 named lectures organized by the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation (JGHF):

  • The Okuda Lecture, given this year by Professor Ann Lok (Ann Arbor, USA): “Does antiviral therapy for hepatitis B and C prevent hepatocellular cancer?”
  • The Marshall and Warren Lecture, given this year by Professor Neville Yeomans (Melbourne, Australia) on “Aspirin: old drug, new uses and challenges?”
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