20 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events APAGE: 4th Asian Pacific Single Topic Conference on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Hilda Dina C. Gonzales, MD, MHPEd, FPCP, FPSG, FPSDE Dela Salle Unviersity Medical Center Overall Chair, Organizing Committee 4th APSTC FGID 2014 conference 2nd Vice-President, Philippine Society of Gastroenterology Dasmariñas City, Cavite Philippines Varocha Mahachai, MD, FRCPC, FACG, AGAF Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology President-Elect, Gastroenterological Association of Thailand Chairman, Advisory Committee, APAGE Editor, APDNews Bangkok, Thailand The Philippine Society of Gastroen-terology (PSG), under the auspices of the Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE), hosted the 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City, Philippines, January 10 – 12, 2014. A total of 383 delegates attended the APSTC consisting of 26 overseas speakers and 14 foreign delegates. The rest were fellows, diplomates of PSG, as well as fellows in training, residents and students. The local organizing committee came up with interesting topics centered on the theme: Take Action for FGID - Mechanisms, Trig-gers and Treatments, with valuable inputs from international advisors: Professor Khean-Lee Goh, Profes-sor Kwong-Ming Fock and Professor Gerald Holtmann, and local advisors: Professor Jose Sollano Jr., and Profes-sor Joseph Bocobo. Professor Robin Spiller set the tone for the conference when he spoke on “What has Changed in IBS Treatment: Theory and Practice”, at a dinner symposium. The open-ing ceremony showcased the officers and members of the host society in their traditional national costumes. Establishment of new friends and re-connecting with old ones paved the way for further collaboration between the Filipinos and the international faculty and guests. The second day of the conference was dedicated to the basic concepts pertaining to FGID. The breakfast symposium on “Serotonin, Gut and Functional Dyspepsia” was delivered by Professor Hiroto Miwa. Investiga-tion and the role of biomarkers in functional GI disorders were eluci-dated by Professor Kwong-Ming Fock. The psychosocial model of disease was next discussed by Professor Leticia Ibanez-Guzman. Professor Nicholas Talley, in his State-of-the-Art lecture on the “Pharmacologic Manage-ment of Functional GI Disorders” Opening Ceremony from left to right: Professor Joey Sollano (Manila, Philippine), Professor Kwong-Ming Fock (President, APDWF), Professor Joseph Bocobo (President of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology), Professor Dina Hilda Gonzales (Organizing Chairperson of the Meeting), Professor KL Goh (President of the APAGE), Professor Kentaro Sugano (Vice-president of the APAGE and President of the JSGE), Professor Gerald Holtmann (Brisbane, Australia).
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