Korea creates new conference to advance its endoscopy network

The Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE) has organised the world’s fifth gastrointestinal endoscopy conference as it aims to take a leading role in the digestive endoscopy field.

The KSGE has announced the establishment of the International Digestive Endoscopy Network (IDEN) as a means of overcoming the limitations of national academic conferences and enhancing the international status of Korea’s digestive endoscopy. IDEN is already making headway in Asian representation, with 139 members from 18 countries –Nepal (five), Taiwan (three), Russia (six), Malaysia (five), Mongolia (20), U.S. (one), Myanmar (three), Bangladesh (12), Pakistan (one), Philippines (12), Turkey (10), Thailand (25), China (four), Vietnam (14), Uzbekistan (two).

“In the future, IDEN will act as a practical international conference based on Asian networking,” IDEN Vice Chairman and Professor at Korea University College of Medicine Jeon Hoon-jae said. “Interest and support from the government and many endoscopists will further help the establishment of a leading international endoscopy conference.”

Currently there are conferences in the sector organised by the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and Japanese Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES).

The association plans to hold “IDEN 2019” at the Grand Hilton Seoul and Songdo Olympus Center from June 13-16. It expects to attract some 1,000 participants from 30 countries to the event, which will incorporate 100 invited lectures and 30 sessions on various topics in the areas of upper, lower and pancreatic cancer, as well as nurses’ sessions, case presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on exercises to expand the scope of digestive endoscopy.

Korean lecturers will present a lecture on endoscopic development in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, titled “Future advanced technology of gastrointestinal endoscopy: a pioneer of robot endoscopy”.

In 2018, K-FLEX, a flexible endoscopic surgical robot developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Future Medical Robotics Research Center, was the ‘Overall Winner’ at the Surgical Robot Challenge 2018 held at Imperial College London. It opens a new chapter for minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery with its precision control of two 3.7 mm diameter robotic arms.

The Asian Young Endoscopist Award (AYEA) program, which gives young gastroenterologists from Asia a chance to train as a gastroenterologist in Korea, will also be available. Over the last four years, more than 130 foreign doctors have learned Korean endoscopic techniques. Last year, 48 young digestive endoscopists from 17 countries, including India, Mongolia, Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, and the Philippines, participated.

“IDEN is a conference that can promote the development of digestive endoscopy in Korea, and contribute to the development of global gastroenterology by working on joint research and cooperation,” Jeon said. “Through the successful hosting of this competition, we will make a network of IDEN experts joined by local and international experts while giving Korea an opportunity to lead the digestive endoscope field.”


(via Korean Biomedical Review, EurekAlert)

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