Friday, 15 November 2019

Message of Dr Jose Sollano (Overall Chairman - CEBU 2018 APAGE IBD Forum)

Cebu 2018 - the 3rd APAGE IBD Clinical Forum

September 20-22, 2018

Cebu City , Philippines

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic debilitating gastrointestinal tract disorder that is well described in the more affluent regions of the Asia Pacific, e.g., Australia, Japan, Hong Kong. In the developing nations of this part of the World, IBD has become an important emerging condition and a significant increase in its prevalence and incidence have been reported by many investigators from this area. Given the huge population and the rapid economic growth of this region of the planet vis-à- vis the background and natural history of this illness, it is projected that the burden of IBD in Asia Pacific will be huge.

To promote awareness of the disease, address knowledge gaps, provide expert updates and create a venue for scientific discourse and data sharing on IBD as we see it in the Asia Pacific, the Asia Pacific Association of astroenterology (APAGE) has designed a biennial clinical forum on inflammatory bowel diseases. This 2-day course was first conducted in Penang, Malaysia in 2014 and the second course was done in Chang Mai, Thailand. It brought together experts, researchers, students and enthusiasts of IBD from Asia and other parts of the globe and the momentum it gathered has propelled the course to become one of the more important conferences on IBD in this region.

This year, the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology (PSG), Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy (PSDE) and the Inflmmatory Bowel Disease Club of the Philippines (IBDCP) play host to this important conference. It shall be held in Cebu City, the second largest city of the country and a prime place for scientific meetings and post-conference cultural explorations. We have assembled international and regional IBD experts and investigators who are eager to share state-of- the-art knowledge and current management approaches in IBD. This meeting also provides for several travel grants which shall be awarded to qualified young investigators In behalf of my colleagues in the APAGE, PSG, PSDE, IBDCP and the international and local Organizing Committee members allow me to extend a warm invitation to all of you to block the dates, write and submit scientific abstract and arrange for a trip to the Philippines in September.

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