About APAGE
   

Introduction

The Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) was founded in Tokyo on March 30th 1961. This organization is an affiliate of the Organization Mondiale de Gastro-Enterologie (OMGE).
 
 
The APAGE was incorporated in the SAR of Hong Kong, China (hereinafter called Hong Kong) as a legal entity with limited liability and subject to the relevant laws of Hong Kong. The Treasury located also in Hong Kong will issue annual, audited accounts in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong.
 
   
Vision, Mission and Specific Aims
APAGE will lead by 2010 in creating a united, multi-cultural and multi-dimensional organization in the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice / education and research towards the improvement of digestive health in this region and the world.
   
APAGE will endeavour to make the Asian Pacific region excel in education and research in all aspects of gastroenterology, achieving this through fellowship, conventions and journalism, thereby bringing to the region the highest quality of healthcare in this field of medicine.
   
More specifically, APAGE will
  • hold an annual scientific meeting, the Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW)
  • encourage and support co-operative research in the Asian Pacific region
  • encourage and support clinicians, scientists and students to visit the region from outside and within, for teaching, lecture, study and research
  • solicit and receive donations and raise money for furthering the aims of APAGE
 
   
Composition
   
Governing Body
   
The APAGE is governed by a Council consisting of members elected from its member countries and regions at the General Meeting comprising the following: President; Vice President; Incoming two APDW Presidents; Secretary-General; Treasurer; Chairpersons of six committees; six Council Members and up to six co-opted Council Members; and representatives of editor of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH). National or regional gastroenterological societies with academic standing in the Asian Pacific region are eligible to be members. Each nation or region is represented by one society.
 
   
APDW and Other Scientific Meetings
   
The APDW is held annually, and in collaboration with member societies and other regional bodies including the Asian Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE), Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL), International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS), and other regional organizations in gastroenterlogy and related fields. Its mission is to convene an annual meeting in the Asian Pacific region that would be an annual major medical forum for education and research especially for Gastroenterology and will be regarded as internationally one of the three regional major meetings (DDW, UEGW and APDW)
   
In between congresses, member societies will make known to other members their scientific meetings, workshops and seminars through this Homepage, the Journal and other APAGE media to enable interested parties in the region to attend and participate.
 
   
JGH Trust
   
The JGH Trust is a new initiative set up in 1999 by senior editors of JGH with the aim to promoting gastroenterology in the Asian Pacific region. The Trust provides opportunities for training and education for young medical scientists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists and endoscoptists. As at date, the Trust has sponsored the following programmes:
   
  • Young Investigators' awards at the Asian Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology in Hong Kong, and the meeting of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver in Fukuoka
  • The inaugural JGH lectureship at the Hong Kong meeting
  • Seeding grant to senior editors of JGH to initiate the recent consensus guidelines on Hepatitis B and C
  • A new project into the causes, pathogenesis and better management of chronic pancreatitis
   
Support for other projects is also being considered, such as exchange programmes for trainees or isolated practitioners; visiting lecturer programmes to support the national meeting of smaller gastroenterology societies, or those with a very limited budget are being considered and will be developed in conjunction with APAGE.
 
   
Publications
   
The JGH is the official publication of APAGE. This Journal is also the official publication of APASL. The editors and the majority of the editorial board are elected from the member countries and regions of the two Associations. The first issue of this Journal was published in January 1986. Year 2001 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the publication. Throughout this period continuous efforts had been made by the editors, contributors, reviewers and its publishers, now Blackwell Science Asia to improve its quality and standard. Today, JGH can rightly claim considerable achievements in the Asian Pacific region.
The Asian Pacific Digestive News (APDN) was first published in December 1999 as a general interest newsletter which serves to encourage informal communications among colleagues and member countries/related bodies. It aims to give readers a better understanding of the ethnic, cultural and social factors which could modify the clinical expression, prevention and treatment of the gastroenterological diseases found in the region.
 
Membership
Council Members 2016/2018
     
 
Executive Committee
 
     
President
Immediate Past President
Prof Kentaro Sugano
Tochigi
Prof Khean-Lee Goh
Kuala Lumpur
Vice-President
Secretary-General
Treasurer
Prof Dai-Ming Fan
Xi’an
Assoc Prof Choon-Jin Ooi
Singapore
Prof Justin Che-Yuen Wu
Hong Kong
Council Members
     
Prof Shahab Abid
Karachi
Dr Benedict Devereaux
Queensland
Dr Mahesh Goenka
Kolkata
     
Dr Vu Truong Khanh
Hanoi
Prof Sang-Woo Lee
Ansan
Assoc Prof Somchai Leelakusolvong, Bangkok
     
Prof Wai-Keung Leung
Hong Kong
Assoc Prof Khoon-Lin Ling
Singapore
Dr Dadang Makmun
Jakarta
     
Prof Nwe Ni
Mandalay
Dr Ranjith Peiris
Colombo
Assoc Prof Raja Affendi Raja Ali, Kuala Lumpur
     
Prof Tooru Shimosegawa
Sendai
Prof Jose Sollano
Manila
Dr Russell Walmsley
Auckland
     
Prof Ming-Shiang Wu
Taipei
Prof Yunsheng Yang
Beijing
Dr Hon-Ho Yu
Macau
     
     
Co-opted Council Members
     
Assoc Prof Tiing-Leong Ang
Singapore
Prof Emad El-Omar
Kogarah
Prof Jaw-Town Lin
Taipei
     
Prof Varocha Mahachai
Bangkok
Prof Kazuichi Okazaki
Osaka
Prof Kai-Chun Wu
Xi'an
 
 
COMMITTEES
Chairman, Awards
Assoc Prof Tiing-Leong Ang Singapore
 
Chairman, Network / Editor-in-Chief, APDNews
Prof Varocha Mahachai Bangkok
 
Co-Chairman, Network / Co-Editor, APDNews
Assoc Prof Raja Affendi Raja Ali Kuala Lumpur
 
Chairman, Research Funding
Prof Kazuichi Okazaki Osaka
 
Chairman, APAGE-AGA Symposium
Prof Emad El-Omar Kogarah
 
 
EX-OFFICIO
APDW2016 President
Prof Kentaro Sugano Tochigi
 
APDW2017 President
Prof Justin Che-Yuen Wu Hong Kong
 
Representative, JGH Foundation
Prof Ian Roberts-Thomson Adelaide
 
Advisory
Committee of Past Presidents
Prof Khean-Lee Goh Kuala Lumpur
Prof Shu-Dong Xiao Shanghai (Deceased)
Prof Kwong-Ming Fock Singapore
Prof Shiu-Kum Lam Hong Kong
 
APAGE REPRESENTATIVES
Asian Pacific Digestive Week Federation (APDWF)
Prof Kentaro Sugano Tochigi
Prof Khean-Lee Goh Kuala Lumpur
Prof Jaw-Town Lin Taipei
 
Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) Scientific Planning Committee
Prof Kazuichi Okazaki Osaka
Prof Justin Che-Yuen Wu Hong Kong
 
 
MEMBER SOCIETIES    
  President
Afghanistan Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Society Prof Abdul Qassem Ahmadi
Gastroenterology Society of Australia Assoc Prof Ian Norton
Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society Prof Mahmud Hasan
Chinese Society of Gastroenterology Prof Yunsheng Yang
The Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology Prof Justin Che-Yuen Wu
Indian Society of Gastroenterology Prof Sri Prakash Misra
The Indonesian Society of Gastroenterology Dr Dadang Makmun
The Japanese Society of Gastroenterology Prof Tooru Shimosegawa
The Korean Society of Gastroenterology Prof Sang-Woo Lee
Macao Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, China Dr Hon-Ho Yu
Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology Dr Mohamed Akhtar Qureshi
Myanmar GI and Liver Society Prof Thein Saw
Nepalese Society of Gastroenterologists Prof Dinesh Shrestha
New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Assoc Prof Michael Schultz
Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy Prof Muhammad Saeed Quraishy
Philippine Society of Gastroenterology Dr Frederick T Dy
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore Dr Khoon-Lin Ling
The Sri Lankan Society of Gastroenterology Dr Ranjith Peiris
The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan Prof Jaw-Town Lin
The Gastroenterological Association of Thailand Prof Varocha Mahachai
The Vietnam Association of Gastroenterology Prof Ta Long