10thYEAR Since 2011

The International Digestive Disease Forum (IDDF), a highly anticipated signature event of the Institute of Digestive Diseases (IDD) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), is now in its tenth year.

Held annually in June at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Forum brings together over 1,200 delegates and world-class speakers from around the globe for real-time connections and interactions. Medical leaders, practitioners, young investigators and industry partners congregate over a weekend to exchange ideas, showcase their research, gain insight into the newest trends, and develop consensus on GI practices across the Asia Pacific region.

Over the past ten years, more than 10,000 delegates from 38 countries attended the IDDF, with over 60 per cent of them aged between 30 and 40. Though IDDF is young, we are very glad and grateful that young investigators choose to grow with us.

IDDF At A Glance
10,000+
delegates attended IDDF
Delegates come from
over the world
38 Countries
60%
delegates aged 30-40
1100+
e-Poster and
oral presentations
A Short History

Professor Francis K.L. Chan was the first chairperson of the IDDF, holding the position from 2011 to 2013. During his tenure were the first Joseph Sung lecture and the first Tzu-leung Ho lecture given. The Young Investigator Award (YIA) was also inaugurated at this time, and the IDDF started offering travel grants to applicants with the best abstract submissions. Since 2013, IDDF has offered more than 900 travel grants.From 2014 to 2017, Professor Justin C.Y. Wu held the chair of the IDDF. Under his aegis, 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 of the IDDF in 2018, overseeing the forum’s first partnerships with leading international journals Gut and the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH).

This year, Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, the Founding and Current Director of the IDD, will hold the chair of the IDDF 2020.

The Awards that Bring You ontoan International Stage
Young
Investigator
Award (YIA)

One key feature of IDDF is the Young Investigator Award, which provides a platform specifically for young investigators to share their research and thus gain recognition. Authors of the abstracts with the highest scores in both gastroenterology and hepatology present their work at the Young Investigator Award session. A panel of adjudicators composed of eminent international experts provides critical feedback to the participants.

The presentations are assessed according to the importance of the research question, the strength of the research methodology, the quality of the results, the clarity of the presentation, and the scientific impact of the research. Over the past five years, abstract submission numbers have risen from 68 in 2014 to 425 in 2019, an increase of 625 per cent. The continuous growth of the entry submissions in the past years is significant and fast-paced and responds to one of the most critical missions of IDDF: to nurture young investigators by providing them international exchange opportunities.

Increase of Abstract submission No. In the past 5 years
Message from our past Winners
‘ Wow! It's already been 10 years! I still remember vividly how excited I was when I made my debut presentation at the very first IDDF in 2011. At that time, I was a young man (come on, it’s 10 years ago) who just picked up his career and previously had few chances to present at an international stage. That experience proved to be inspirational and has nurtured me a lot. So I learned and grew along the way with IDDF and then found myself luckily awarded as a young investigator in 2014. Thank you very much, IDDF! Happy 10th anniversary! ’
Yao-Chun HSU (Taiwan), IDDF 2014
‘Was fortunate to have IDDF as a platform to present my work and fully loved the experience the platform brings to the young investigators like me especially with the master class program. Had good interactions with fellow young investigators. Also found it a good opportunity for networking and interacting with pioneers in field. Found it more interactive and content rich. Made many good friends. Looking forward to being part of it again.’
Ritesh PRAJAPATI (India), IDDF 2016
‘I am very grateful to IDDF for having the opportunity to present my research findings to such an esteemed audience, and to receive a Young Investigators Award. It served as great motivation to continue to embark on different research ventures in the field of gastroenterology. IDDF is one of the highlights of gastroenterology conferences, and provides a great meeting of minds and ideas.’
Yanna KO (Australia), IDDF 2013
- Nir SALOMON (Israel), IDDF 2014 & 2015
List of Past Winners
Winner
Runners-up
2019
Chieh-chang CHEN (Taiwan)
Jeanine ARKENBOSCH (The Netherlands)
Vinay SASTRY (Australia)
2018
Lixia XU (China)
Jing LIU (China)
Jonathan SEGAL (United Kingdom)
2017
Po-yuen CHEN (Taiwan)
Seung-hwa LEE (Korea)
Yanna LIU (China)
2016
Ritesh PRAJAPATI (India)
Mohsin ASLAM (India)
Po-yueh CHEN (Taiwan)
2015
Nir SALOMON (Israel)
Jyh-ming LIOU (Taiwan)
Tung-hung SU (Taiwan)
2014
Wonseok KANG (Korea)
Yao-Chun HSU (Taiwan)
Nir SALOMON (Israel)
2013
Xiaolong QI (China)
Seung Up KIM (Korea)
Yanna KO (Australia)
2012
Chung-feng HUANG (Taiwan)
Lucy LIM (Australia)
Chieh-chang CHEN (Taiwan)
2019
Winner
Chieh-chang CHEN (Taiwan)
Runners-up
Jeanine ARKENBOSCH (The Netherlands)
Vinay SASTRY (Australia)
2018
Winner
Lixia XU (China)
Runners-up
Jing LIU (China)
Jonathan SEGAL (United Kingdom)
2017
Winner
Po-yuen CHEN (Taiwan)
Runners-up
Seung-hwa LEE (Korea)
Yanna LIU (China)
2016
Winner
Ritesh PRAJAPATI (India)
Runners-up
Mohsin ASLAM (India)
Po-yueh CHEN (Taiwan)
2015
Winner
Nir SALOMON (Israel)
Runners-up
Jyh-ming LIOU (Taiwan)
Tung-hung SU (Taiwan)
2014
Winner
Wonseok KANG (Korea)
Runners-up
Yao-Chun HSU (Taiwan)
Nir SALOMON (Israel)
2013
Winner
Xiaolong QI (China)
Runners-up
Seung Up KIM (Korea)
Yanna KO (Australia)
2012
Winner
Chung-feng HUANG (Taiwan)
Runners-up
Lucy LIM (Australia)
Chieh-chang CHEN (Taiwan)
JGH-IDDF
Case / Video
Champion

The JGH-IDDF Case/Video Champion, an award newly established in 2019, is specially designed for clinical doctors. It offers clinical doctors a chance to present the unique, pivotal cases that they have encountered in front of an audience of medical professionals at IDDF and shine a spotlight on their work.

2019
Case / Video Champions

Winners

Gokul BOLLU JANAKAN (India)

Ze-long LIU (China)

Marianne Linley SY (Philippines)

See what our 2019
champions have to say…
'I would like to place on record my sincere appreciation to IDDF team for the excellent academic feast and quality scientific deliberations. The JGH-IDDF Case / Video Champion session allows young doctors to share unusual cases encountered in clinical practice. I am eagerly looking forward to attending IDDF 2020 not only to update myself about the latest in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy but also to further my networking with experts and doyens in the field’
Dr Gokul Bollu Janakan (India), IDDF 2019

‘It is my first time to attend the IDDF last year, and I consider it as one of my unforgettable experiences. The conference has a lot to offer, especially to young gastroenterologist like me. It combines the latest and essentials in the field, and an opportunity for networking and broadening your horizon.  It is indeed a great and a must attend conference wherein you will be able to meet excellent faculty of speakers, and listen to thought provoking presentations.’
Marianne Linley SY (Philippines), IDDF 2019
IDDF Keynote Lectures

JOSEPH SUNG LECTURE
Professor Joseph Sung is the founding director of the IDD CUHK. Under his leadership, the Institute has developed into a multi-disciplinary powerhouse that generates world-class research and publications. The Joseph Sung Lecture was established in 2011 in the inaugural IDDF. Joseph Sung Lecture speakers are exemplary models who excel in academic research and demonstrate team-building leadership.

TZU-LEUNG HO LECTURE
Dr Tzu-leung Ho, the current director of The S. H. Ho Foundation, has faith in helping the advancement of medical science education. To acknowledge the Foundation’s countless contributions to CUHK, the Tzu-leung Ho Lecture was established in 2013. Tzu-leung Ho Lecture goes to leaders in gastroenterology who make significant contributions to public education and clinical research in gastroenterology.

DR S H HO MEMORIAL LECTURE
From this year, we are very grateful for The S.H. Ho Foundation becoming the patron to IDDF. In memorial to Dr Ho Sin Hang, the founder of the Foundation, the Tzu-leung Ho Lecture is renamed to Dr S H Ho Memorial Lecture.

Joseph Sung Lectureship
Dr S H Ho Memorial Lecture
2020
Ernst KUIPERSL
Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Ray KIM
Stanford University Medical Center, USA
Tzu-leung Ho Lecture
2019
Arun SANYAL
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, USA
Haruhiro INOUE
Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Japan
2018
Gary WU
The University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jake LIANG
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, USA
2017
Andrew CHAN
Harvard Medical School, USA
Edward GANE
Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
2016
Michael KAMM
St Vincent’s Hospital and University of Melbourne, Australia
Geoffrey DUSHEIKO
Royal Free Hospital and University College London School of Medicine, United Kingdom
2015
Nageshwar REDDY
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, India
Michael MANNS
Medical School of Hannover, Germany
2014
Guido COSTAMAGNA
Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy
Stefan ZEUZEM
J.W. Goethe University Hospital, Germany
2013
David LIEBERMAN
Oregon Health and Science University, USA
Hashem EL-SERAG
Michael E. Debakery VA Medical Centre, USA
2012
Stephen LOCARNINI
World Health Organization Regional Reference Laboratory, Australia
2011
Emad EL-OMAR
St George Hospital, Australia
Joseph Sung Lectureship
2020
Ernst KUIPERS
Erasmus University Medical Center,
The Netherlands
2019
Arun SANYAL
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, USA
2018
Gary WU
The University of Pennsylvania, USA
2017
Andrew CHAN
Harvard Medical School, USA
2016
Michael KAMM
St Vincent’s Hospital and University of Melbourne, Australia
2015
Nageshwar REDDY
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, India
2014
Guido COSTAMAGNA
Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy
2013
David LIEBERMAN
Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2012
Stephen LOCARNINI
World Health Organization Regional Reference Laboratory, Australia
2011
Emad EL-OMAR
St George Hospital, Australia
Tzu-leung Ho Lectureship
2020
Ray KIM
Stanford University Medical Center, USA
Tzu-leung Ho Lectureship
2019
Haruhiro INOUE
Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Japan
2018
Jake LIANG
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, USA
2017
Edward GANE
Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
2016
Geoffrey DUSHEIKO
Royal Free Hospital and University College London School of Medicine, United Kingdom
2015
Michael MANNS
Medical School of Hannover, Germany
2014
Stefan ZEUZEM
J.W. Goethe University Hospital, Germany
2013
Hashem EL-SERAG
Michael E. Debakery VA Medical Centre, USA
Join Us
In celebrating our 10th anniversary
with ten years of dreams and passion!

Saturday to Sunday
August 8-9, 2020
Hong Kong