Bariatric Times

MAY 2018

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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Symposium Preview 17 Bariatric Times • May 2018 IFSO 2018 Preview: 23 rd World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders by JACQUES HIMPENS, MD, PhD Bariatric Times. 2018;15(5):17–18. A message from IFSO President Jacques Himpens, MD, PhD Dear Readers, I am happy to invite you to the 2018 World IFSO Congress to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 26 to 29, 2018. Dubai is the tourism and commercial capital of the Arabian Gulf states, a fantastic fusion between East and West that combines ancient heritage and modern living. The beautiful city is continuously gaining importance as a touristic, economic, and scientific location and will host World Expo 2020. In fact, Dubai is considered by many to be one of the best places to live in the Middle East. In addition, Dubai's airport is an important hub for many airlines, uniting destinations in the East and West. As a result, the 2018 World IFSO Congress venue is swiftly reachable from most cities across the globe. Participants to the Congress will enjoy a superb scientific program focusing on an array of topics in the field of adiposity-based chronic diseases, through postgraduate courses, symposia, expert talks and video, and pre-recorded operations. The aim of the congress is to not only educate but to unite healthcare professionals from different specialties and from around the world in their fight against the adiposity epidemic. I believe that all ingredients are present to make the 2018 IFSO World Congress an enjoyable, fruitful, and unforgettable experience for everyone. I look forward to meeting you there! Sincerely, Jacques Himpens, MD, PhD OVERVIEW The 23rd World Congress of IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 26 to 29, 2018. IFSO is a federation composed of national associations of bariatric surgeons and integrated healthcare professionals, and currently has 62 member societies. IFSO is a scientific organization that brings together surgeons and integrated healthcare professionals, such as surgeons, nurses, physicians, dietitians, psychologists, and anesthesiologists, involved in the treatment of patients with morbid obesity. One of IFSO's main goals is to support the professional needs of its members. One of IFSO's main activities is the organization of the yearly World Congress, which provides a forum to exchange knowledge on surgical treatment of patients with severe obesity, to present new surgical techniques and treatments, latest research and concepts, and to meet the experts in the field. IFSO 2018 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM The scientific program for IFSO 2018 provides a unique opportunity for all those interested in obesity and metabolic surgery to share their experiences, expertise, and knowledge to the worldwide IFSO community. The program committee has dedicated 20 sessions for abstracts this year to give ample opportunity for authors to share their research with the largest audience of surgeons and allied healthcare professionals working in the field of bariatric and metabolic medicine. Authors can submit abstracts for original oral, poster, and video presentations on any of the congress scientific topics. IFSO 2018 will offer 10 postgraduate courses, multiple symposia, and numerous oral, video, and poster presentations. The program this year will focus on debates that address specific areas of concern, such as reflux disease, sleeve gastrectomy, and long-term outcomes after surgical procedures. In addition, there will be sessions on emerging technologies, date registries, and new procedures for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 50 or patients with super obesity. For the first time in the exhibition hall, there will be a simulation center to give participants hands- on experience with robotic surgeries, as well as endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. IFSO's scientific committee has planned a large plenary session for 2,000 participants, in addition to the four parallel sessions. For the first time, IFSO will offer scholarships to one IFSO integrated IFSO 2018 Post-Graduate Courses • How to conduct and publish quality research • Bariatric registries & their value (MBSAQIP, IFSO, SRC) • Bariatric endoscopy for weight loss, weight regain, and management of complications • Metabolic surgery from basics to clinical evidence • Complications of bariatric surgery (prevention & management) • Revisional surgery for weight regain • One anastomosis gastric bypass • Enhanced recovery in bariatric surgery & perioperative care • Trans-disciplinary team, basics of obesity • Hands on course on suturing & stapling techniques

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