On behalf of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland, I would like to welcome you all to the 22nd Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, incorporating the Young Investigator Awards and the Advanced Trainees’ Day, at the beautiful Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. As always, the Update carries a major theme but also covers a range of related topics that we hope will appeal to all delegates. This year’s highlights include state-of-the-art lectures on contemporary therapies in IBD, including colonoscopy and surgery, as well a discussion of key complications. We also have sessions on the emerging role of gastroenterologists as oncologists and the impact of cancer therapies on liver disease, as well as a discussion of the role of the microbiome in gastrointestinal disease.

The balance of the program, once again incorporating the popular Young Investigator Awards, will continue in the traditional two-day format on Saturday and Sunday. Each year, the organizing committee works hard to assemble a program that is varied but cohesive to provide delegates with a rich and comprehensive educational experience.

The major theme of the 2018 program will be Inflammatory Bowel Disease and our state-of-the-art lectures from guest speakers and lively case based discussions will cover a broad range of related topics. Our invited Faculty for 2018 – Prof Mark Silverberg (University of Toronto, Canada), Prof Richard Gearry (University of Otago, Christchurch NZ), Dr Nadeem Kaakoush (Cancer Institute, UNSW, Sydney) and Dr Simone Strasser (University of Sydney) – will provide unique insights into the best-practice management of IBD and other challenging dilemmas and controversies in the fields of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr Richard Skoien
GE Society of Queensland

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