The annual meeting of CAPGAN, the Commonwealth Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, will be held in Sri Lanka in 2013. The Chairperson of the CAPGAN organizing committee is Prof Harendra de Silva. For additional information, please contact Professor V Pujitha Wickramasinghe.
Additional information can be found here: http://www.capgan2013.org/
The 2012 FISPGHAN working group reports were presented at the Taipei World Congress, and focused on four topics:
Hepatitis B and C
The papers are available for download through the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the following link:
FISPGHAN (Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)
Q: What is FISPGHAN?
FISPGHAN is an umbrella organization composed of four pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition professional societies:
1. NASPGHAN, the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. www.naspghan.org
2. LASPGHAN, the Latin American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. www.laspghan.org
3. ESPGHAN, the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. www.espghan.org
4. APPSPGHAN, the Asian Pan Pacific Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.
Affiliate members of FISPGHAN, include CAPGAN (the Commonwealth Association Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition). www.capgan.org
Q. When and why was FISPGHAN founded?
FISPGHAN was founded in the year 2000, by pediatric professional societies wishing to promote worldwide cooperation and education among pediatric gastroenterologists. The primary role of FISPGHAN has been to facilitate the World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (WCPGHAN), which currently occurs every four years.
Q: What is the World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology? The World Congress is an every four year international meeting of pediatric gastroenterologists. WCPGHAN was founded in the year 2000 by Dr. Harland Winter of Harvard Medical School. Thus far, there have been four such meetings:
2000 – Boston Massachusetts, USA - Harland Winter, Chair
2004 – Paris, France – Olivier Goulet, Chair
2008 – Iguassu Falls, Brazil – Ulysses Fagundes-Neto, Chair
2012 – Taipei, Taiwan – Yen-Hsuan Ni, Chair
Each meeting has attracted over 1000 pediatric gastroenterologists from all over the world to update them on scientific progess.
Q: Who are the past presidents of FISPGHAN?
A: FISPGHAN was founded in the year 2000. The past presidents are:
Q: Who are the current Society Representatives to FISPGHAN?
FISPGHAN members include two delegates from each member society, as well as the chair of the host organizing committee of the world congress.
Current members include:
NASPGHAN: Athos Bousvaros, Kathy Schwarz, Ernest Seidman (Host, 2016 World Congress)
ESPGHAN: Drs. Riccardo Troncone, Deirdre Kelly, Berthold Koletzko
LASPGHAN: Drs. Marina Orsi, Sylvia Cruchet
APPSPGHAN: Drs. Mei-Hwei Chang, Yen-Hsuan Ni
CAPGAN: Drs. Tahmeed Ahmed, Bhupinder Sandhu
The executive director of FISPGHAN is Margaret Stallings, who can be reached through the NASPGHAN office, www.naspghan.org