Friday, 15 November 2019

The 3rd APAGE IBD Clinical Forum - Cebu 2018

CEBU 2018
Reported by Karen Estelle C. de Lunas

The APAGE 3rd Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Forum, was successfully concluded from September 20 to 22, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. It was hosted by the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology (President—Leticia Guzman), Philippine Society of Digetive Endoscopy (President—Mark Anthony De Lusong), and the IBD Club of the Philippines (President—Prof. Jose Sollano). This two-day monothematic conference followed the equally successful PSG 12th Midyear Convention. The organizing committee was led by Prof. Choon-Jin Ooi and Prof. Jose D. Sollano. This meeting aims to promote awareness of IBD among specialists and general practitioners, to address knowledge gaps and provide updates in the diagnosis, management and monitoring of IBD patients.


The event was heralded by a series of lectures from Filipino speakers about different colitic diseases. This was made more special with the participation of Prof. Shin-Ei Kudo (of the well known Kudo’s pit pattern classification for colorectal neoplasms) who shared his expertise on “Magnification Colonoscopy: Pit patterns to Endocytoscopy”.

A heartwarming welcome speech was given by Prof. Kentaro Sugano who gave his sympathies to the victims of a recent tragedy which happened in a small town in Central Philippines.

Pre-congress workshops on “Endoscopic Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” and “Fecal Microbiota Transplant” were simultaneously held. Interesting lectures on assessment and monitoring, therapeutic and surgical management of IBD patients were delivered by 36 well known and competent speakers from all over Asia Pacific, Australia and United Kingdom.

One of the highlights of the conference is the Faculty Dinner held at the Shangri-la Mactan which was graced by no less than His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He indulged the audience with an hour of fierce yet honest speech which was followed by group photo ops.

The Conference was well attended with a total number of 453 registrants—120 overseas delegates and 393 local delegates, and participation from 14 countries – Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. This was the highest number of delegates since the inception of the meeting in 2014.

A total of 44 young doctors were given YIA travel grants—23 from the Philippines and 21 from overseas. A robust submission of abstracts, i.e. 72 scientific abstracts, were received out of which three were selected to compete for the best oral presentation whilst the rest were accepted for poster presentations. The best poster presentations were also awarded to three presenters.

Overall, it was a very successful meeting, and many participants found the lectures relevant and practical. Notably, some also had quite a unique opportunity of swimming with whalesharks in Oslob, few hours drive from the city.

Download the The 12th PSG Midyear Convention Souvenir Programme (PDF - 12MB)

PSG Mission & Vision

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology envisions itself as an organization of competent gastroenterologists, imbued with a high level of moral and ethical values, committed to the practice of the specialty in the Philippines and dedicated to the high standards of learning, training and cure of digestive disorders. 


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