On behalf of the Honorary Congress President, Professor Sung-Gyu Lee and ourselves, we would like to welcome you to join us at IASGO’s 26th World Congress, which will take place on September 8-10, 2016 in Seoul, Korea.

IASGO is a unique multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary society where surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, biologists, and radiologists join forces with all the partners worldwide that support IASGO’s mission of the globalization of medical knowledge. The major breakthroughs in medicine over the last decades have not reached patients in need at a global scale, in part because of lack of dissemination of knowledge.

IASGO’s vision is that up-to-date medical practice and expertise could and should benefit all communities worldwide, and that they have to be available beyond any kind of discrimination – based on individual, institutional or national levels – to every patient suffering from challenging and life-threatening diseases. IASGO’s leadership strives to implement this vision through a well-structured educational program with a global reach, which is teaching and promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative approaches for treatment of intractable diseases. At the IASGO’s 26th World Congress, we will emphasize these aspects of our programs, with emphasis on the new opportunities to improve the quality of the management of gastrointestinal diseases worldwide.

The Local Scientific Program Committee and the IASGO Executive Committee have joined efforts to develop an outstanding multidisciplinary scientific program. The program includes world-renowned faculty as well as young specialists from all over the world. This will allow for networking and cross-fertilization among experts at various stages of their careers and diverse interests to promote further collaborative projects at an international level. It will also allow for increased international visibility for promising young IASGO members.

Last but not least, the social program of IASGO’s 26th World Congress will be unique. Seoul is the capital of Korea, and a truly international city. Seoul is also a city of fascinating contrasts. From ancient palaces with centuries of history to high-tech skyscrapers of steel and glass, from ancient texts dating back millennia to the highest rate of broadband Internet access in the world, Seoul is a place where the old and new exist in perfect harmony. You will experience first-hand the city’s rich culture and the unique hospitality of the Korean people.

Please enjoy the Korean hospitality as well as the scientific program at IASGO’s 26th World Congress!

With warm regards,

Masatoshi MAKUUCHI
IASGO President
IASGO Secretary General
IASGO Secretary General

IASGO Executive Board

President Masatoshi Makuuchi, Tokyo, Japan
Honorary Vice President Akimasa Nakao, Nagoya, Japan
Vice President Yupei Zhao, Beijing, China
Sung-Gyu Lee, Seoul, Korea
Norihiro Kokudo, Tokyo, Japan
Secretary General Kyoichi Takaori, Kyoto, Japan
Dan G. Duda, Boston, USA
Treasurer Irinel Popescu, Bucharest, Romania
Ho-Seong Han, Seoul, Korea
Editor-in-Chief Guido Torzilli, Milan, Italy

Key dates

  • Call for Abstracts Open JAN. 18, 2016
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission JUN. 14, 2016
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance JUN. 30, 2016
  • Deadline for Early Registration JUL. 29, 2016