In the past decade, both the number of researchers and the standard of healthcare were rapidly rising in Asia Pacific. These factors led to a soaring interest and demand for high-quality healthcare and biomedical research. As such, we decided to organize the IDDF to give emerging investigators professional development opportunities overseas.
As a platform for learning and networking, the IDDF attracts attendance from gastroenterologists, hepatologists, endoscopists and related professionals. Whether you are a healthcare professional or an investigator, the IDDF gives you an unparalleled opportunity to discuss ideas, showcase research findings, get the latest professional knowledge and trends, and expand your professional network. The IDDF is truly connecting you to the very best of GI.
The story of the IDDF began in 2011 when Professor Francis K. L. Chan became the first chairperson of the IDDF. During his tenure (2011-2013), the first Joseph Sung Lecture and the first Tzu-leung Ho Lecture were given, and the Young Investigator Award was also inaugurated at this time. In addition, the IDDF started offering travel grants to applicants with the best abstract submissions. Since 2013, IDDF has offered over 900 travel grants.
Professor Justin C. Y. Wu took over the reins as chairperson of the IDDF in 2014. Under his stewardship, the IDDF partnered with the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the first time, and in 2017, the IDDF was held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW).
Professor Siew C. Ng became the third chairperson in 2018, overseeing the forum’s first partnerships with leading international journals Gut and the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH).
In 2020, Professor Joseph J. Y. Sung, the founding and current director of the IDD, succeeded Professor Ng and became the fourth chairperson.
The spirit of collaboration fosters IDD’s development into a giant institute comprises a PRC government approved State Key Laboratory, a Hepatitis B Research Centre, an IBD and FMT Research Unit, a Centre for Digestive Health, an Endoscopy Training and Education Unit and an Endoscopy Centre named as a world-class selective Centre of Excellence.
With an equal strength to the organizer, the IDDF Organizing Committee is represented by distinguished gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons and basic scientists. They consistently dedicate their expertise to shaping the most provocative scientific programme of the highest quality for the IDDF.
Union Hospital, Hong Kong
Professor, Department of Surgery, CUHK
Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Hong Kong
Centre for Gut Microbiota Research, CUHK
National Technological University, Singapore
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, CUHK
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, CUHK
Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, CUHK
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
State Key Laboratory of Digestive Disease, CUHK
Behind the scene is the energetic Project Team dedicated to the planning, management, promotion and execution of the IDDF. This dynamic group of young, enthusiastic and creative individuals spare no effort and consider no detail too small in ensuring every aspect of the IDDF to be a pleasant experience for you.