Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW 2015) took place at the Taipei International Convention Center from December 3–6, 2015. APDW is an international symposium of the digestive medical field that provides an educational platform for scholars, physicians, and other fields to share related medical knowledge and explore the medical development of other countries and all issues related to medical academic research, jointly creating transnational techniques and academic exchanges.
The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan, the Digestive Endoscopy Society of Taiwan, Taiwan Surgical Society of Gastroenterology, and Taiwan Society of Liver Research have actively participated in numerous international academic events over the years. APDW 2009 was successfully organized in Taiwan and attracted over two thousand professionals. The co-organizers strove to use this opportunity to strengthen exchange and interaction with each Member State and to present the latest scientific advances as well as a diversity of research topics, elevating the medical standards of gastroenterology specialists and helping to ensure that patients receive the best medical care.
The annual symposium invited experts from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe to share the latest research and cutting-edge clinical achievements on hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal diseases, providing an opportunity for participants from around the world to exchange knowledge. This year’s symposium included various speech topics with in-depth discussions in epidemiological studies and viral hepatitis research and treatment. APDW 2015 helped enhance Taiwan’s academic and technical standards in the international gastroenterological community and the symposium’s exchange activities increased foreign visitors’ understanding of Taiwanese culture and life.