31 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS MAY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2015 Chun-Jen Liu, MD, PhD Secretary General, Local Organizing Committee Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2015 The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan, along with the Digestive Endoscopy Society of Taiwan, Tai-wan Association for the Study of the Liver, and Taiwan Surgical Society of Gastroenterology, was honored to host the Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan from 3 to 6 December last year. APDW 2015 was centered on the theme “Advances in Digestive Medicine.” Recent progress in both gastrointestinal and liver research was highlighted in the scientific program. A large panel of experts from within and outside the Asia- Pacific region shared their experience and presented their best work in this congress. In total 188 speeches were delivered, 1,076 papers (856 Posters, 55 Oral Papers) were presented, and more than 3,200 registrants from 39 countries joined this conference. Forty sponsors/exhibitors supported this conference, and there were 12 industry sponsored symposia. It offered a remarkable atmosphere for discussing groundbreaking research and progress in the field of diges-tive medicine, including the Okuda Lectureship (by Professor Ed Gane), the Marshall & Warren Lectureship (by Professor Jaw-Town Lin), “How to achieve global control of HBV infection” (by Professor Mei-Hwei Chang), and the WGO Distin-guished Global Lecture (by Professor Khean-Lee Goh). Finally, a live dem-onstration of therapeutic endoscopy on 20 subjects was conducted during the meeting which demonstrated the development of these techniques in Asia-Pacific region. This congress undoubtedly was an excellent opportunity to provide all participants with knowledge of the most current developments in gastroenterology, hepatology, gastro-enterological surgery, and endoscopy and to provide fertile ground for sharing clinical experiences and basic research. All participants benefited from this occasion to exchange views, visions, and experiences with Welcome Remarks from the President of APDW 2015, Prof. Jaw-Town Lin. Welcome Remarks from the President of the APDW Federation, Prof. Khean-Lee Goh. Okuda Lectureship: Awardee: Prof. Ed Gane (New Zealand).
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