The Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE), in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Association of Thailand (GAT), is organising the APAGE 2nd Clinical Forum on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from 26th to 27th August 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme for the Forum is “IBD in the Asia Pacific – Time to Move Forward”. It is with great pleasure for us to welcome one and all to come join us in ChiangMai, Thailand, for this focused monothematic meeting on IBD.
IBD has become an emergent disease in Asia. There are many special considerations before the diagnosis of IBD is made locally. Many diagnostic and therapeutic options remain elusive in different parts of Asia. Therefore, it is essential to have a meeting of scientific minds dedicated to the needs of practitioners within Asia. We need to learn from each other, share knowledge and best local practices to optimally manage our patients.
Chiang Mai, the old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, is Thailand’s principal Northern Province. Dating back more than 700 years, Chiang Mai, the second largest metropolitan, next to Bangkok was originally named “Nopburi Srinakornping Chiangmai”, meaning the new city. Chiang Mai is a city of distinct beauty that has its own cultural heritage, along with its numerous ancient temples and building, and its handicrafts. Thanks to the majestic mountains and valleys and its beautiful scenery, Chiang Mai offers hills, mountain streams, lakes, field, waterfalls, caves, hill tribe villages, orchid, butterfly farms, elephant camps, trekking tours and river rafting expeditions.
We hope that her charms will provide a beautiful backdrop for all of us to foster networks for future collaboration to improve our practice for this niched but important discipline in Gastroenterology.
On behalf of Professor Dr Kentaro Sugano, President of APAGE, and Professor Dr Varocha Mahachai, President of GAT, the Organising Committee would like to welcome everyone who has interest and interaction with IBD patients to come forth and join us in Chiang Mai, Thailand.