INVITED FACULTY

Korea

Name
Se-Jin Baek
Position
Clinical Assistant Professor
Affiliation
Korea University, Korea
E-mail
xezin@korea.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Se-Jin Baek graduated from Korea University College of Medicine. She was a clinical research fellow at the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA from March 2012 to February 2013, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea from March 2013 to February 2015. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Research Interest

IBD surgery

Name
Jae Hee Cheon
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Yonsei University, Korea
E-mail
geniushee@yuhs.ac

Biography

Dr. Jae Hee Cheon is the Professor of Gastroenterology at Yonsei University College of Medicine. He received his medical degree at Seoul National University College of Medicine in 1996 and completed residency and fellowship at Seoul National University. He is also a visiting scientist at the International Vaccine Institute. His major clinical and research activities have focused on inflammatory bowel disease and its related mucosal immunology and genetics. He has published more than 100 original and review papers in international SCI(E)Journals, especially regarding IBD, intestinal Behcet’s disease, and clinical endoscopy. Currently, he is the project leader of 3 national scientific research projects for genetics and immunology of IBD.

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Intestinal Behçhet’s disease), Mucosal immunology, Genetics, Gut Microbiome, Clinical trials with investigational drugs/agents, etc.

Name
Yong Beom Cho
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
E-mail
gscyb@skku.edu

Biography

Dr. Yong Beom Cho graduated Seoul National University College of Medicine at 1996.
He passed Master and Ph.D. course and got Ph.D. at 2010 in Seoul National University College of Medicine.
He has been working at Samsung Medical Center from 2006 and now he works as an associate professor at the department of surgery.

Research Interest

Specialty: Colorectal cancer, Inflammatory bowel disease
Basic research: Development of pre-clinical translational research platform
Development of colon cancer model using patient-derived cells
Identification of new therapeutic target for colon cancer treatment
Mechanism of metastasis such as epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT)

Name
Yon Ho Choe
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Department of Pediatrics, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
E-mail
i101016@skku.edu

Biography

Dr. Yon Ho Choe is a Professor of Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine. He is working with Samsung Medical Center, Seoul. He is a main member of KSPGHAN, and is leading pediatric IBD studies, including TDM, in Korea.

Research Interest

  • Pediatric IBD (Top-down strategy, mucosal healing, and TDM)
  • H. pylori-associated iron-deficiency anemia

Name
Chang Soo Eun
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Hanyang University, Korea
E-mail
cseun@hanyang.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Chang Soo Eun, is a professor of Hanyang University. He has obtained both his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Hanyang University. He received residency training of internal medicine in the Hayang University Hospital, and the clinical fellowship of gastroenterology in the Hanyang University Guri Hospital. He joined the University of North Carolina, in the U.S. for Microbiology, and Immunology, as postdoc research fellowship.
Dr. Eun’s clinical focus is on inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, and clinical endoscopy.

Research Interest

Basic and translational investigations of mechanisms, of the chronic intestinal inflammation, and mucosal homeostasis. Our studies investigate the composition, and function of intestinal microbiota as well as host-microbial interaction, in chronic intestinal inflammation. This is by using in vitro assay, genetically engineered mice, and human samples. Which will be including mucosal tissues, and stool samples from normal and IBD patients.

Name
Dong Soo Han
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Hanyang University, Korea
E-mail
hands@hanyang.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Dong Soo Han is a professor of the Department of Medicine at Hanyang University Guri Hospital and Hanyang University in Korea. Upon receiving his medical degree from Hanyang University, he took a clinical fellowship at AMC Korea and a postdoctoral research fellowship in Sartor's Lab. at the UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
He is a member of several societies including the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID), Korean Gastroenterology Association, and Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He devoted himself to build up a quality improvement program for endoscopy of national colorectal cancer screening in Korea. He also serves as a member of the steering committee of the Asian Organization of Crohn’s Colitis (AOCC). He served as the president of KASID from 2015 to 2017.

Research Interest

Research focuses on host-microbial interaction, mucosal immunology and clinical trials, as well as biologic therapy in IBD

Name
Byung Ik Jang
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Yeungnam University, Korea
E-mail
JBI@med.yu.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Byung Ik Jang graduated from Yeungnam University College of Medicine in Daegu, Korea. He spent two years in Gastrointestinal biology research center, University of North Carolina, USA, as a post-doctoral research fellow involving inflammatory bowel disease. Currently, he is Professor of Internal Medicine and Director in Division of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University Medical center and Yeungnam University College of Medicine. He is a Director of the disinfection and sedation committee of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE) and member of the IBD Study Group of Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID).

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology and natural history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diagnosis and disease activity assessment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Medical therapy of inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Yoon Tae Jeen
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Korea University, Korea
E-mail
ytjeen@korea.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Yoon Tae Jeen is the Congress President of AOCC 2017. He is the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Korea University Hospital. He is also the Vice President of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID) and the Director of the Quality Management Committee of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE).

Research Interest

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Name
Sang-Bum Kang
Position
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Inflammatory
Bowel Disease Clinic
Affiliation
The Catholic University of Korea, Korea
E-mail
dxandtx@catholic.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Sang-Bum Kang graduated from Chonbuk National University and graduate school. He has been a visiting scholar at the division of Gastroenterology, University of California, San Diego from 2012 to 2013. Currently, he is working as a clinical associate professor and director of IBD clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Catholic University of Korea.

Research Interest

  • Quality improvement for IBD care
  • Intestinal mucosal barrier function and tight junction protein
  • Histologic activity of ulcerative colitis in deep remission

Name
Eun Soo Kim
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Kyungpook National University, Korea
E-mail
dandy813@hanmail.net

Biography

Dr. Eun Soo Kim graduated from Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea in 1999 and completed residency course in Kyungpook National University Hospital in 2004. After 3-year military service as a medical officer, he moved to Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Seoul, South Korea for specializing in Gastroenterology. Then, he worked as an Assistant professor at the Division of Gastroenterology, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea. Since March 2016, he currently is an Associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine.

Research Interest

Gastrointestinal therapeutic endoscopy
Inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Eun Sun Kim
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Korea University , Korea
E-mail
silverkes@naver.com

Biography

Dr. Eun Sun Kim is a professor of the Department of Gastroenterology, IBD Center of Korea University. She graduated Korea University College of Medicine in 2003. She obtained Ph.D. in 2010 from Korea University College of Medicine.

Research Interest

Clinical and Translational research of colon disease.

Name
Joo Sung Kim
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Seoul National University, Korea
E-mail
jooskim@snu.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Kim graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine. Currently, He is a professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He is also Vice President of Seoul National University Healthcare System Gangnam Center. He is Secretary General in Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2018, Seoul, Korea. He is carrying out clinical and basic research for gastrointestinal tract diseases. He performs various diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies and takes part in global clinical trials. He focuses on elucidating NF-kB signaling in the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and discovering novel therapeutic agents for IBD.

Research Interest

  • Pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)
  • Novel therapeutic agents for IBD

Name
Se Hyung Kim
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Seoul National University , Korea
E-mail
shkim7071@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Se Hyung Kim is a professor of the Department of Radiology in Seoul National University Hospital. She obtained her both M.D. and Ph.D. in Seoul National University. She received training as an intern, resident and a fellow at Seoul National University Hospital from 1996 to 2002. After the training, she became clinical instructor, assistant professor and associate professor where she studied and trained. She also was a visiting professor of MIPS, Stanford University Hospital & Clinics from 2011 to 2012.

Research Interest

  • Abdominal Radiology
  • GI tract imaging
  • CT colonography
  • Crohn’s disease imaging

Name
Won Ho Kim
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Yonsei University, Korea
E-mail
kimwonho@yuhs.ac

Biography

Dr. Won Ho Kim graduated from the Yonsei University College of Medicine, in Seoul, Korea. Currently, he is a Professor in Medicine at the Yonsei University College of Medicine. He is a former president of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID) and a former president of the Korean Society of Gastroenterology (KSG).

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Name
Hong Koh
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Yonsei University , Korea
E-mail
khong@yuhs.ac

Biography

Dr. Hong Koh is an associate professor of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics of Yonsei University College of Medicine. He obtained both M.D. and Ph.D. in Yonsei University and finished his residency and fellowship at Severance Children’s Hospital. He was a visiting research scholar of the Department of Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA from 2014 to 2016.

Research Interest

Pediatric IBD treatment (nutritional therapy, fecal microbiota transplantation)

Name
Hoon Sup Koo
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Konyang University, Korea
E-mail
Koo7574@naver.com

Biography

Dr. Hoon Sup Koo graduated from Konyang University College of Medicine. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. He is a member of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID).

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease : Clinical research
  • Early detection and prevention of GI cancers

Name
Mi-Na Kweon
Position
Professor
Affiliation
University of Ulsan, Korea
E-mail
mnkweon@amc.seoul.kr

Biography

Dr. Mi-Na Kweon obtained her doctoral degree in Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine at University of Tokushima (Japan). Then, she completed her education with a post-doctoral appointment at Department of Oral Biology at University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA). Then, she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mucosal Immunology, at the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, at Osaka University (Japan) and then moved as Chief in the Mucosal Immunology Section of International Vaccine Institute (Korea) at 2003. Since 2014, she is Associate Professor in University of Ulsan College of Medicine/Asan Medical Center (Korea).

Research Interest

Research interest is (1) to develop animal model for preclinical study of vaccine and drug efficacy, (2) to clarify underlying mechanism for mucosal immunity following infection and inflammation and (3) to identify roles of commensal microbiomes on the regulation of inflammation in the mucosal tissues and metabolic diseases. I have published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and am an expert on basic aspects of mucosal immunology.

Name
Kyung Mo Kim
Position
Professor
Affiliation
University of Ulsan, Korea
E-mail
kmkim@amc.seoul.kr

Biography

Dr. Kyung Mo Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University College of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Seoul National University Children’s Hospital, followed by Fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Seoul National University Children’s Hospital. He served as a faculty member and Head of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center Children’s Hospital and University of Ulsan now. He is a President of Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenteroln Hepatol Nutr and Vice-President of Korean Society of Gastroenterology.

Research Interest

Dr. Kim’s major research is clinical studies of the childhood ERCP, liver transplantation, pancreatitis and IBD.

Name
Eun Ja Kwon
Position
Nurse Practitioner
Affiliation
Asan Medical Center, Korea
E-mail
kej88000@daum.net

Biography

Ms. Eun Ja Kwon is a Nurse Practitioner at Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea from April 2017. She started as a Registered Nurse Gastroenterology ward of Asan Medical Center since 2000. And she worked for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center as a Coordinator from 2012 to March, 2017.

Name
Jun Lee
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Chosun University, Korea
E-mail
leejun@chosun.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Jun Lee graduated from Chosun University College of Medicine. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of internal medicine, Chosun university, Gwangju, Korea. He is a member of the Korean Association for the Study of Internal Disease (KASID).

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancer

Name
Kang-Moon Lee
Position
Professor
Affiliation
The Catholic University of Korea, Korea
E-mail
drmaloman@catholic.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Kang-Moon Lee is a professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea. He obtained his Ph.D. of Internal Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea, in 2003. He was a visiting scholar at the Center of Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, University of North Carolina, U.S.A. from 2005 to 2006. He is the director of IBD study group of Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Disease (KASID).

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology of IBD
  • Predictors of disease outcome in IBD - mucosal healing and biomarkers
  • Biologic treatment of IBD

Name
Kil Yeon Lee
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Kyung Hee University, Korea
E-mail
isaac34@korea.com

Biography

Prof. Kil Yeon Lee is a colorectal surgeon. Currently he is the head of Department of surgery, Kyung Hee University Hospital and the president of Korean IBD Surgery Study Group affiliated to the Korean Society of Coloproctology. He is the director of training and education committee of Korean Surgical Society, scientific committee of Korean Association of Robotic Surgeons, Education committee of K-NOTES, Information committee of Korean Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeon, and Surgical Infection Control committee of Korean Surgical Infection Society. He is the Secretary General of Korean Surgical Research Foundation.

Research Interest

He is interested in laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery including cancer and IBD, Surgical treatment of fecal incontinence, colon cancer stem cell research, and clinical trials concerning wait and see after chemoradiation in rectal cancer.

Name
Sung Hee Lee
Position
Professor
Affiliation
College of Pharmacy, Wonkwang University, Korea
E-mail
gsseo@wku.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Sung Hee Lee is an associate professor of College of Pharmacy at the Wonkwang University. Her research interests focus on development of novel therapeutic/preventive compounds for inflammatory bowel disease and investigation of the mechanism underlying the anti-inflammatory activity induced by these compounds.

Research Interest

  • Development of therapeutic or preventive compounds for inflammatory bowel disease
  • Mechanism study of therapeutic or preventive compounds for IBD
  • Search for protective protein against intestinal barrier dysfunction

Name
Jin Soo Moon
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Seoul National University, Korea
E-mail
mjschj@snu.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Jin Soo Moon has been worked as a pediatric gastroenterologist for over 18 years and also served an expert in colonoscopy, rectal polypectomy, and EVL. He has been involved nutritional support team at SNU Children’s Hospital. He is a current active member of the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and has a position in a steering committee for Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ministry of Health and Welfare since 2007.

Research Interest

Dr. Moon’s clinical and research interest is mainly on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis. His research area encompasses clinical nutrition and biomarker discovery, also. Governmental policy making is a part of his experiences as a consultant pediatrician.

Name
Won Moon
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
Kosin University, Korea
E-mail
Moonone70@hanmail.net

Biography

Dr. Won Moon graduated from Kosin University College of Medicine in Busan, Korea. He spent two years in Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA as a post-doctoral research fellow involving inflammatory bowel disease. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Medicine and director in Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University Gospel Hospital and Kosin University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Committee and the Information Committee of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID), IBD Study Group of KASID and an Associate Editor of the Korean Journal of Gastroenterology (KJG).

Research Interest

  • Natural history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diagnosis and disease activity assessment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Medical therapy of inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Dong Il Park
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
E-mail
diksmc.park@samsung.com

Biography

Dr. Dong Il Park is a professor of Sungkyunkwan University. He obtained his both M.D. and Ph.D. from Hanyang University. He spent 2 years of postdoc fellowship at the Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. He was a visiting professor in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WA, USA from 2008 to 2009. He is now a Director of IBD Research Group of KASID (Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases) and an Associate Editor of Gut and Liver.

Research Interest

  • Clinical trials in patients with IBD
  • CRC Screening and surveillance
  • Quality of colonoscopy

Name
Kyu Joo Park
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Seoul National University, Korea
E-mail
kjparkmd@plaza.snu.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Kyu Joo Park is a professor of Seoul National University College of Medicine, and a chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital. He graduated and obtained his both M.S. and Ph.D. in Seoul National University College of Medicine. He finished his residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery in Seoul National University Hospital. He was a visiting faculty of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, School of Medicine in Nevada, U.S from 2002 to 2004. He also was a director of the Board of Regents, Korean Society of Coloproctology from 2015 to 2017.

Research Interest

Main clinical interest is in the surgical diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. He performed more than 15000 operations since 1998, including more than 5400 colorectal cancer and 2500 anal operations. Main research activity is in the motility of the lower GI tract.

Name
Jae Hong Park
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Department of Pediatrics, Pusan National University, Korea
E-mail
jhongpark@pusan.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Park graduated from Pusan National University. Currently, He is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Pusan National University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. He is a former president of the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He performs various diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies in children.

Research Interest

Pediatric IBD (mucosal healing)

Name
Young Sook Park
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Eulji University, Korea
E-mail
pys1109@eulji.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Young Sook Park graduated from Yonsei University in 1986. She went on to do her training in internal medicine at the Kangnam Severance Hospital in 1990 and had fellowship training in the department of gastroenterology, Ajou University in 1996. She has been working in the division of gastroenterology at Eulji University since 1997 and joined the Cedar-Sinai IBD Center as a visiting professor in 1999. Dr. Park is councilor of KASID, the Korean Gastroenterology Association and the Korean Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Association. She was the previous Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Eulji Hospital. She is a professor of gastroenterology and her scope of work includes IBD's, colonoscopies and therapeutic endoscopies.

Research Interest

Her major clinical and research activities have been focused in the field of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer.

Name
Geun Am Song
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Pusan National University , Korea
E-mail
gasong@pusan.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Geun Am Song is a professor of Pusan National University, Korea. He graduated from Pusan National University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea and obtained his both M.D and Ph.D. of Internal medicine in Pusan National University College of Medicine. Dr. Song`s clinical focus is on inflammatory bowel disease, Colorectal neoplasm, and Clinical endoscopy.

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease, Colorectal neoplasm, Clinical endoscopy, GI cancer prevention, screening and surveillance

Name
Chang-Hun Yang
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Dongguk University, Korea
E-mail
chhyang@naver.com

Biography

Dr. Chang-Hun Yang is currently a professor of medicine at Dongguk University School of Medicine. He graduated from Chung-Ang University in 1982, and had a one year internship in Chung-Ang University Hospital and three years residency at Yeungnam University Hospital. After he finished his M.D. and Ph. D., he spent one year of post-doctor fellowship in the Health Science Center at the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2000. He has been a leading endoscopist in Korea. He is now and was in full activity as (1) President of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2) Vice president of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Cancer, (3) Editorial Board of Clinical Endoscopy (4) Fellowship in American college of Gastroenterology (5) American Gastroenterological Association Fellow (6) Reviewer of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, (7) Acting member in the Korean Gut Image Study Group.

Research Interest

He has been performing many studies in the field of H. pylori infection associated with peptic ulcer disease, gastric carcinogenesis, and inflammatory bowel disease, colonic cancer. Also He had published many articles. He is now one of leading doctor in Daegu-Gyeongbook Gastrointestinal Study Group (DGSG).

Name
Suk-Kyun Yang
Position
Professor
Affiliation
University of Ulsan, Korea
E-mail
sky@amc.seoul.kr

Biography

Suk-Kyun Yang earned his medical degree at Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Seoul National University Hospital and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. He conducted his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Yang is currently the Chief of the Department of Gastroenterology and the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Asan Medical Center and Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine. Dr. Yang is an active member of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID) and has served as a past president of the KASID.  He is currently the president of the Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis (AOCC).

Research Interest

Dr. Yang’s research endeavors have aimed at understanding the differences and similarities between Asian and Caucasian patients with IBD. He has published over 250 original articles on the epidemiology, genetics, diagnosis, medical management, and natural history of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Name
Byong Duk Ye
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
University of Ulsan, Korea
E-mail
bdye@amc.seoul.kr

Biography

Dr. Byong Duk Ye is an associate professor of Gastroenterology and of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. His research focus is on the etiopathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including genetic background of IBD. He is also interested in the epidemiology, clinical characteristics and outcomes of IBD as well as in integrating clinical factors, biomarkers, and genetic markers to predict outcomes and response to therapies in IBD. He is working as a member of the epidemiologic committee of Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis. Dr. Ye earned his medical degree from Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea, and earned his PhD degree at the Graduate School of Medicine, Seoul National University. He completed an internship, residency, and a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Seoul National University Hospital. Dr. Ye was a visiting scientist to the Cedars-Sinai F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Ye has published more than 100 articles on inflammatory bowel diseases and lower GI diseases in many peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer of several scientific journals.

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of Asian IBD patients
  • Diagnosis and management of IBD
  • Origin and risk factors of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    - Genetic backgrounds
    - Clinical risk factors

  • Pathogenesis of IBD

    - Function of IBD susceptibility genes
    - GI microbiome-host interaction

Name
Sei Jin Youn
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Chungbuk National University, Korea
E-mail
sjyoun@chungbuk.ac.kr

Biography

Dr. Sei Jin Youn graduated from Chungnam National University, College of Medicine. He spent 12 months in Rochester University, NY in the US as a visiting scientist involving neurogastroenterology and motility project. Since 1991, he has been working in Chungbuk National University Hospital as gastroenterologist and clinical investigator. His current position is a professor of the Department of Internal Medicine, Chungbuk National University.

Research Interest

  • Neurohormonal regulation of colon motility
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Management of inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disease

Name
Chang Sik Yu
Position
Professor
Affiliation
University of Ulsan, Korea
E-mail
csyu@amc.seoul.kr

Biography

Dr. Chang Sik Yu is a professor in the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine. He is currently the President of Asan Cancer Institute and the Director of the Colon Cancer Center.

Research Interest

  • Biomarker for prediction of RT response for the patients with rectal cancer
  • Stem cell implant for the complex Crohn’s fistula in ano
  • Recurrence after bowel surgery for Crohn’s disease
  • Local excision for the good responder of preoperative chemoradiation in rectal cancer patients

More Faculty from Korea

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Sungkyunkwan University
Jong Pil Im
Seoul National University
Sung-Ae Jung
Ewha Womans University
Eun Young Kim
Catholic University of Daegu
Hyo Jong Kim
Kyung Hee University
Hyun Soo Kim
Chonnam National University
Hyun-Soo Kim
Yonsei University Wonju
Tae Oh Kim
Inje University
Seong-Taek Oh
The Catholic University of Korea
Soo Jung Park
Yonsei University

China

Name
Qian Cao
Position
Professor of Medicine, Vice director of IBD center
Affiliation
Zhejiang University, China
E-mail
caoq@srrsh.com

Biography

Dr. Qian Cao is a gastroenterology doctor who works in this filed for about 20 years. Dr. Qian Cao’s clinical interest is IBD treatment, focus on immunomodulator therapy for IBD patient and long clinical outcome of IBD patient. Dr Qian Cao is the key member of IBD group of Chinese Society of Digestive Disease, CMA and leader of IBD group of Zhejiang Society of Digestive Disease, ZJMA. She is also a member of Clinical research committee of AOCC.

Research Interest

  • Clinical outcome of immunomodulator therapy for IBD patient
  • The immune regulation mechanism of inflammation bowel disease

Name
Minhu Chen
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Sun Yat-sen University, China
E-mail
chenminhu@vip.163.com

Biography

Prof. Minhu Chen is the Chief of Division of Gastroenterology of the First University Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, the President-elect of Chinese Society of Digestive Disease. Prof. Chen obtained his medical degree in 1984 at Sun Yat-sen University and then obtained his Ph.D. in 1990. Prof. Chen focuses on topics including inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorder. Prof. Chen has published 10 academic books and 10 book chapters. He has published more than 400 papers in academic journals.

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorder

Name
Xiang Gao
Position
Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Affiliation
Sun Yat-sen University, China
E-mail
helengao818@163.com

Biography

Prof. Xiang Gao is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Gastroenterologist, and the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in China. She obtained her MBBS and Ph.D. in 1993 and 2003 respectively at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences. Her previous research work is on pathogenesis of IBD, immunosuppressant therapy for IBD, and exclusive enteral nutrition. She is currently Associate Director of IBD Academic Group of Chinese Medical Association.

Grants (ongoing)
- Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81370498)
- Science and Technology Project of Guangdong Province (No. 2012B091100455)

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease : Clinical treatment and surveillance, nutritional therapy, microbiota

Name
Yao He
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Sun Yat-sen University, China
E-mail
heyaowyx@qq.com

Biography

Dr. Yao He is a Professor of Division of Gastroenterology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China. She obtained her MBBS and Ph.D. and received training at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science. She was a visiting scientist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2012. She currently is the Vice-president of Endoscopy Branch of Guangdong Medical Doctor Association and the Secretariat of Digestive Diseases Branch of Guangdong Medical Association in China.

Research Interest

Basic and clinical research on inflammatory bowel diseases

Name
Pin-Jin Hu
Position
Director
Affiliation
Sun Yat-sen University, China
E-mail
pjhumd@vip.163.com

Biography

Dr. Pin-Jin Hu graduated from Zhongshan Medical College in 1968. He is now a professor and Director of the IBD Center of the Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He is a past President of AOCC.

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • H. pylori and gastric cancer
  • Functional digestive disease

Name
Zhanju Liu
Position
Chair
Affiliation
Tongji University, China
E-mail
Liuzhanju88@126.com

Biography

Dr. Liu graduated with a degree in Medicine (MD) at the Henan Medical University (Zhengzhou, China) in 1988. He completed his academic studies with a PhD in mucosal immunopathology of IBD from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He then finished his post-doctorate training in mucosal immunology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and UCONN. Dr. Liu currently serves as the Chairman of Department of Gastroenterology, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital of Tongji University (Shanghai, China).

Dr. Liu has down a lot of research in intestinal mucosal immunology and observed that abnormal regulation of mucosal T cells to microbiota plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of IBD. The importance of his research work will allow physicians and scientists to perform basic research in the field of IBD, but can develop clinical trials to test new therapies. Dr. Liu has published more than 75 original papers in international journals such as Gut, J Immunol, Inflamm Bowel Dis, Eur J Immunol, and J Biol Chem, Mucosal Immunol, and Gastroenterology.

Research Interest

Immuno-pathology in IBD, particularly in mucosal T cell activation and microbiota regulation

Name
Qin Ouyang
Position
Professor of Internal Medicine
Affiliation
Sichuan University, China
E-mail
qin.ouyang@163.com

Biography

Prof. Qin Ouyang graduated from the School of Medicine at Sichuan Medical College (now called West China Clinical Medical School, Sichuan University) in 1963. He received postgraduate training at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio from 1984 to 1986. He was also a visiting scholar at the medical center at UMass in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1990.

He has worked as a professor of Internal Medicine at West China Medical School, Sichuan University since 1992. He worked as a chief of the Chinese organization of IBD from 2005 to 2010, a chief editor of the Chinese management consensus of IBD from 2001 to 2007, and an editor of WGO IBD management guidelines in 2010 and 2015. He is currently a consultant for COIBD.

Research Interest

  • Immunopathogenesis of IBD
  • Clinical aspects of IBD

Name
Jiaming Qian
Position
Director of the Department of Gastroenterology
Affiliation
Peking Union Medical College, China
E-mail
qianjiaming1957@126.com

Biography

Dr. Jiaming Qian is a professor of medicine who specializes in Gastroenterology, focusing on inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic diseases. She is also a Director of the Department of Gastroenterology in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, China.

She is Chairman of the Chinese IBD Society, Chinese Medical Association and a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Medical Association. She is also Chairman of the Society of Gastroenterology, Beijing Chinese Medical Association. She has published over 300 articles and several dozens of books and won rewards in research, education, books, etc.

Research Interest

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, pancreatic diseases, etc.

Name
Zhihua Ran
Position
Director
Affiliation
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
E-mail
zhihuaran@vip.163.com

Biography

Professor Ran holds a bachelor's degree in medicine and a master's degree in gastroenterology from the Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai, China; and a doctoral degree in medicine from the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg University, Germany. As a gastroenterologist of more than 30 years, he mainly focuses on digestive diseases, particularly inflammatory bowel disease. He has published more than 210 original articles and reviews in international journals and Chinese journals as well as two monographs on IBD. He is the Chair of the Educational Committee of the AOCC, a reviewer of the ECCO scientific committee, a member of the IBD working group as well as the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM) and the international editorial board of GUT. In 2016, he received the Prof. Anne Ferguson Lecture Award from Edinburgh University.

Research Interest

His major clinical and research activities have been focused in the field of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly in inflammatory bowel disease, such as immunopathogenesis of IBD, therapeutic efficacies and monitoring of IBD etc.

Name
Wei Zhou
Position
Vice Director
Affiliation
Zhejiang University, China
E-mail
zhouw@srrsh.com

Biography

Dr. Wei Zhou is a vice director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and an attending surgeon of the Department of Surgery, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China. He obtained his both M.D. and Ph.D. in Nanjing University, China. He received training as a resident and a fellow of the Department of Surgery at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital from 2004 to 2010 and he also was a visiting scientist, Experimental Surgery/Molecular OncoSurgery of the Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center from 2008 for a year. He was a visitor of the Colorectal Surgery Department at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Japan

Name
Akira Andoh
Position
Professor, Department of Medicine
Affiliation
Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan
E-mail
andoh@belle.shiga-med.ac.jp

Biography

Akira Andoh, MD, PhD is Professor of Department of Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS). He is head of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy unit of the university hospital of SUMS. He is fellowship of AGA. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Gastroenterology, Associate editor of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Associate Editor of Digestion. He is the member of Publication Committee of World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO).

Research Interest

His special field of research is the role of microbiota in the pathogenesis od IBD and development of new therapeutic approaches targeting the gut microbiota. I am also interested in TDM of biologics of IBD therapy.

Name
Katsuhiro Arai
Position
Division Chief
Affiliation
National Center for Child Health and Development, Japan
E-mail
arai-k@ncchd.go.jp

Biography

Dr. Katsuhiro Arai graduated from Miyazaki Medical College in 1994. He completed his pediatric residency at Beth Israel Medical Center (1998-2001) in New York City, and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Schneider’s Children’s Hospital (2001-2004) in Long Island, New York. After he spent 2 years in the Department of Pediatrics, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, he became the division chief of gastroenterology at National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan.
His research interest is inflammatory bowel disease in children. He leads nation-wide registry study of child-onset inflammatory bowel disease.

Research Interest

  • Revealing the characteristics and natural course of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease in Japan (Registry study)
  • Diagnosis and management of very early onset inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nutritional management of children with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Quality of care of children with inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Keisuke Hata
Position
Assistant Professor
Affiliation
The University of Tokyo, Japan
E-mail
khata-tky@umin.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Keisuke Hata is an assistant professor at the Department of Surgical Oncology, the University of Tokyo. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and earned his medical degree in 1996, and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 2005. He also learned molecular oncology at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica as a postdoctoral fellow. His specialty includes colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel diseases. He has board certifications in the Japanese Surgical Society, the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy society, the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology, the Japan Society of Coloproctology, and the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery. He has more than 100 accepted English articles focusing on colitis-associated cancer, pouchitis, cancer epidemiology and molecular oncology.

Research Interest

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • IBD associated colorectal cancer

Name
Toshifumi Hibi
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Kitasato University, Japan
E-mail
thibi@insti.kitasato-u.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Toshifumi Hibi is the Project Professor of the Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Director of the Center for Advanced Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at the Kitasato Institute Hospital. He is also the Emeritus Professor at the Keio University School of Medicine. His research interests have focused on delineation of mucosal immunology, understanding of pathophysiology, and establishment of novel therapeutic strategy for IBD. Although the pathogenesis of IBD is still unknown, significant progress and new insights have been achieved through a wide variety of analyses. The unraveling of immunopathogenic mechanisms, such as induction and regulation of mucosal inflammation highlighting the role of mucosal T cells and macrophages, has been critical toward discovery of new therapeutic targets. This has, in turn, driven development of new biologic therapies. In conjunction with studies defining basic mechanisms regulating intestinal mucosal immunological function, Dr. Hibi’s laboratory has researched and provided important insights into the role of these processes in intestinal inflammatory diseases, most notably IBD. He has not only served on the board of the Japanese Society for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (JSIBD), but also with the Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis (AOCC) as a board member and as editor-in-chief of “Intestinal Research,” the official journal of the AOCC. Through this work, the spectrum of his interactions have expanded to include collaboration on a number of educational initiatives, as well as efforts to promote expanded interactions between Japanese gastroenterologists and those in other parts of Asia.

Research Interest

  • Mucosal immunology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease-basic
  • Inflammatory bowel disease-clinical

Name
Fumihito Hirai
Position
Clinical Professor
Affiliation
Fukuoka University, Japan
E-mail
fuhirai@cis.fukuoka-u.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Fumihito Hirai is a clinical professor of Fukuoka University. He graduated from Fukuoka University School of Medicine, in 1991, and received a Ph.D. in Medicine, in 1997. He is a member of several societies including the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society, the Japan Society of Coloproctology, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization, Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis, etc.

Research Interest

  • Diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment of small bowel disorders
  • Endoscopic balloon dilation for Crohn’s disease

Name
Tadakazu Hisamatsu
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Kyorin University, Japan
E-mail
thisamatsu@ks.kyorin-u.ac.jp

Biography

  • Present - Apr. 2015:Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Third Department of Internal Medicine,Kyorin University School of Medicine
  • Nov. 2014:Associate Professor
  • Apr. 2008:Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine
  • Jun 2000:Fellow researcher, Department of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (U.S.A.)
  • June 1991:Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University Hospital
  • He is currently the Secretary General, and a member of the board of directors of the Japanese Society for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (JSIBD). He is also an Educational Committee member of AOCC.

Research Interest

IBD pathogenesis, IBD diagnosis and treatment, diseases of small intestine, and mucosal immunology.

Name
Hiroki Ikeuchi
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan
E-mail
ikeuci2s@hyo-med.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Hiroki Ikeuchi is the professor and Chairman, Department of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hyogo College of Medicine. He graduated from the Hyogo College of Medicine, in 1987, and obtained a Ph.D. at the Hyogo College of Medicine, in 1997. His specialty is inflammatory bowel surgery. He has experienced working on more than 1,800 cases of ulcerative colitis surgery and more than 1,200 cases of Crohn's disease.

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease surgery
  • Colitis associated colorectal cancer
  • Pouchitis

Name
Takanori Kanai
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Keio University, Japan
E-mail
takagast@keio.jp

Biography

Dr. Takanori Kanai is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Keio University School of Medicine. He was an Instructor of Medicine at Keio University School of Medicine and the Keio Cancer Center. He is currently an Instructor, Assistant Professor, and a visiting Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is a committee member of the Howard Medical Institute Educational Program, TMDU. He is also a section editor of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, an Associate Editor of J Gastroenterology, and an Editorial Board member of Am J Physiol Gastrointest & Liver Physiol.

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease, mucosal immunity, and Microbiota

Name
Taku Kobayashi
Position
Vice Director and Associate Professor
Affiliation
Kitasato University, Japan
E-mail
kobataku@insti.kitasato-u.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Kobayashi obtained his MD from Nagoya University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. from Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan. He finished his residency training at Toyohashi Municipal Hospital, Aichi, Japan and his clinical gastroenterology fellowship at the KKR Tokai Hospital, Nagoya. He had further training in the field of gastroenterology research at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, mentored by Prof. Toshifumi Hibi. A recipient of CCFA’s Research Fellowship Award for 2011-2012, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, USA. At present, he is the Vice Director and Associate Professor at the Center for Advanced IBD Research and Treatment, Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.

Research Interest

Dr. Kobayashi’s current work is focused on both basic and clinical researches in the pathogenesis and innovations on treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Name
Takayuki Matsumoto
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Iwate Medical University, Japan
E-mail
tmatsumo@iwate-med.ac.jp

Biography

He was born in Hiroshima in 1960, and graduated Kyushu University in 1985. After working as a physician in Fukuoka and briefly in Kurashiki for a total of 28 years, he moved to Iwate Medical University in 2013. Until 2013, clinical gastroenterology in the area of small- and large-bowel disease and endoscopy were his major work.

Research Interest

  • Genetic and environmental factors associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Colonoscopic and enteroscopic diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and hereditary polyposis syndromes.

Name
Katsuyoshi Matsuoka
Position
Senior Associate Professor
Affiliation
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
E-mail
matsuoka@fk2.so-net.ne.jp

Biography

Dr. Matsuoka graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan in 1996. He finished residency and fellowship of Gastroenterology at Keio University Hospital. He received his Ph. D. at Keio University Graduate School in 2005. He had worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Scott Plevy at the University of Pittsburgh and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2005 to 2009. After returning to Japan, Dr. Matsuoka had served as an Instructor and, then, an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Keio University School of Medicine from 2009-2014. He was appointed as a Senior Assistant Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2014.
He has been engaged in clinical and basic research in inflammatory bowel disease under the mentorship of Professor Toshifumi Hibi, Professor Mamoru Watanabe, and Professor Takanori Kanai.

Research Interest

Dr. Matsuoka is interested in clinical research to provide evidence to clinical questions raised in daily clinical practice. He believes the results of those studies could contribute to improving care of patients with IBD. He is also interested in basic research in IBD especially focusing on gut microbiota and macrophage biology.

Name
Makoto Naganuma
Position
Assistant Professor
Affiliation
Keio University, Japan
E-mail
maknaganuma@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Makoto Naganuma is an assistant professor of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Keio University, Japan. He obtained his both M.D. and Ph.D. and trained as a resident at the Department of Internal Medicine in Keio University School of Medicine. After finishing his residency, he was a medical staff in medicine at Saiseikai-Utsunomiya Hospital. He was a clinical fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine. He was also a research associate and postdoctoral fellow of Digestive Health Center of Excellence, University of Virginia, USA. He was an assistant professor of Center for Research of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Keio University from 2006 to 2009, assistant professor of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Advanced Therapeutics for GI Diseases in Tokyo Medical and Dental University from 2009 to 2011, and an assistant professor of Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy in Keio University from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Naganuma is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the Japanese Society for Gastroenterology, the Japanese Society for Gastroenterological Endoscopy and the Japanese Society for Internal Medicine. He won 9 awards in total including Japanese Enodoscopic Medical Foundation award and Japanese Society of Gastroenterology selected article award recently.

Name
Hiroshi Nakase
Position
Professor and Chair
Affiliation
Sapporo Medical University, Japan
E-mail
hiro_nakase@sapmed.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Hiroshi Nakase graduated from Kobe University in Kobe, Japan. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Kobe central city hospital, and received his PhD license from Kyoto University. He also worked as postdoctoral fellowship in University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Then, he became a Lecturer, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Division of Endoscopic Medicine, Kyoto University Hospital. He is currently professor and Chair, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine.

Research Interest

Dr. Nakase's research interests include the role of macrophages in mucosal inflammation and development of new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease. He has been engaged in doing many clinical trials in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in Japan. Dr. Nakase has contributed significantly to the medical literature on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and been a reviewer for numerous scientific and clinical journals.

Name
Haruhiko Ogata
Position
Professor and Director
Affiliation
Keio University, Japan
E-mail
hogata@z8.keio.jp

Biography

Dr. Haruhiko Ogata is a gastroenterologist and an endoscopist. He got his degree in medicine at Keio University School of Medicine. He had experience of basic research from 1993 to 1997 as a research fellow and a research instructor in Gastrointestinal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He contributed to many multi-centre clinical trials which treatment of IBD have been identified and wrote many articles and book chapters related on basic and clinical outcomes on IBD and OGIB. He is currently involved in novel therapeutic strategy of IBD as well as video capsule endoscopy, balloon-assisted enteroscopy, high resolution, and magnifying endoscopy.

Research Interest

  • Mucosal immunology and pathophysiology of IBD
  • Novel therapy of IBD including therapeutic endoscopy
  • Development of new devices for GI tract imaging such as video capsule endoscopy or endocytoscopy

Name
Ryuichi Okamoto
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
E-mail
rokamoto.gast@tmd.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Ryuichi Okamoto started his research career in 2000 as a graduate school student (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Mamoru Watanabe’s lab). Since then, his research interest has been focused on the mechanism of epithelial regeneration, especially under the context of inflammatory bowel disease. From 2012, he is working at the newly established Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, to pursue possible application of stem cell-based therapy for inflammatory bowel disease patients.

Research Interest

Intestinal stem cells and epithelial regeneration in inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Masayuki Saruta
Position
Chairman and Professor
Affiliation
The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan
E-mail
m.saruta@jikei.ac.jp, m-saruta@pg7.so-net.ne.jp

Biography

Dr. Masayuki Saruta is the Chairman and a professor of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Internal Medicine in the Jikei University School of Medicine. He got his both M.D. and Ph.D. at the Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He was a Post Doctoral researcher in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA from 2005 to 2007 and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology until 2016.

Research Interest

Immunology, pathology, and gut neuroendocrine hormone in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Name
Toshiaki Shimizu
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Department of Pediatrics , Juntendo University, Japan
E-mail
tshimizu@juntendo.ac.jp

Biography

Toshiaki Shimizu was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1958. He graduated Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine on March 1983 and started his clinical work as a pediatrician at Juntendo University Hospital. Shimizu studied at postgraduate course of Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine from April 1984 to March 1988 and took his thesis with the research of ‘Prostaglandin and fatty acid metabolism in the patients with congenital biliary atresia’. He studied abroad in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden from October 1991 to September 1993 and in the Child Nutrition Research Center, Adelaide University, Australia from October 2001 to April 2002 as a research fellow. He became associate professor of Pediatrics, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine on October 1999, and became professor on August 2007.
Shimizu’s areas of expertise are pediatric nutrition, pediatric gastroenterology, neonatology, lipid metabolism, and medical education and he is interested in the research of effects of n-3 PUFAs, pathophysiology of H.pylori infection, mucosal immunity of IBD, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases, and effects of probiotics.
Shimizu is belonging to Japan Pediatric Society, Japanese Society for Pediatric, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Japan Society for Premature and Newborn Medicine, Japan Society for Helicobacter Research, Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition, Asian Pan Pacific Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and Asian Organization of Crohn‘s and Colitis.

Research Interest

  • Effects of n-3 PUFAs
  • Epidemiology and mucosal immunity of pediatric IBD
  • Pathophysiology of H.pylori infection in children
  • Diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases in children
  • Effects of probiotics
  • Gut and brain association in FGID children

Name
Yasuo Suzuki
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Toho University, Japan
E-mail
yasuo-suzuki@sakura.med.toho-u.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Yasuo Suzuki is a professor at the Department of Internal Medicine at Toho University, Japan. He obtained his M.D. at Shiga University of Medical Science, in 1981. He had fellowship training at Trinity College, University of Dublin School of Medicine, in the Republic of Ireland, in 1989. He was an assistant professor and an assistant director of Chiba University. In 2003, he became an assistant professor at the Division of Internal Medicine of Toho University. He was the Vice President of Toho University, Sakura Medical Center, in 2011, and he is currently a Director of the Division of IBD Center, Toho University Sakura Medical Center.

Research Interest

  • Medical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Mechanism of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Endoscopy and imaging technic of inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Mamoru Watanabe
Position
Vice President / Professor and Chairman
Affiliation
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
E-mail
mamoru.gast@tmd.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Watanabe is the Vice President (Research and University-Industry Alliance) of Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Director in the Advanced Clinical Center for IBD. After graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, he has been working on IBD for years, and has published over 300 articles in journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Cell Stem Cell, Immunity, JCI, JEM and Gastroenterology. He is a Vice President of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology (JSGE) and just held 102th annual meeting of the JSGE as a President in April 2016. From 2007-2014, he had been serving as a Chairman of the nation-wide, government-organized Japanese IBD research committee for 7 years, and currently serves as a Chairman of Japanese IBD basic research committee. He is the Past President of AOCC and held 4th AOCC meeting in July 2016. He has been serving as a member of the IOIBD from 2008, and ECCO from 2012. He is now the President of the Japanese Society of IBD, the President of the Japanese Society of Mucosal Immunology and the President of the Japanese Society of Small Intestinal Disease. He had been an Editor-in-chief of Journal of Gastroenterology for 7 years in 2005-2011, and now an Editorial Director of this journal. From 2013, he is an Editor-in-chief of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He received the Marshall and Warren Lectureship Award in Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG. He also received 1st JSGE Research Award in 2017.

Research Interest

Major research interests are in the cellular and molecular biological aspects of IBD, regeneration medicine by intestinal epithelial stem cells, mucosal immunology, stem cell biology and inflammation-related carcinogenesis.

Name
Tadahiro Yanagi
Position
Research Associate
Affiliation
Kurume University, Japan
E-mail
yanagi_tadahiro@med.kurume-u.ac.jp

Biography

Dr. Tadahiro Yanagi graduated from Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 2003. He completed residency at Keio University Hospital. He received Ph.D. at Kurume University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, 2015.

Research Interest

  • Pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

East Asia

Name
Wai Keung Leung
Position
Professor
Affiliation
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
E-mail
waikleung@hku.hk

Biography

Professor Leung is currently the Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professor in Gastroenterology at the Department of Medicine and the Assistant Dean (Research) of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He also serves as the Director of the Integrated Endoscopy Centre, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. Professor Leung has contributed more than 200 original articles and book chapters. He has a wide research interest in gastroenterology and endoscopy including Helicobacter pylori and gastric carcinogenesis, inflammatory bowel disease, capsule endoscopy, screening colonoscopy and epigenetic changes in gastrointestinal cancer. He is the editorial board member of the Helicobacter, Hepatogastroenterology, Best Practice & Research – Clinical Gastroenterology, Journal of Digestive Disease and the Chinese Journal of Digestion. He was the immediate Past President of the Hong Kong IBD Society.

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer
  • Early detection and prevention of GI cancers

Name
Siew C. Ng
Position
Professor
Affiliation
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
E-mail
siewchienng@cuhk.edu.hk

Biography

Dr. Siew Ng is Clinical Professor at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne. She graduated from St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry and was awarded a Ph.D. in immunology and intestinal inflammation by Imperial College London in 2009. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles including publications in Gut, Gastroenterology and Nature Genetics. She is a peer reviewer of 14 journals and editorial board members for 5 biomedical journals. She is President of the Hong Kong IBD Society, Management Committee of the International IBD Genetics Consortium, and Deputy Secretary of the International Organization of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She had received Distinguished Research Paper Award for Young Investigators from 2013-2015, JGHF Emerging Leader Lectureship Award, and First-Class MOE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award from the Ministry of Education of China.

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, microbiota, and treatment outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Screening and biomarker in colorectal cancer, fecal microbiota transplantation in digestive disease

Name
Yen-Hsuan Ni
Position
Professor
Affiliation
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
E-mail
yhni@ntu.edu.tw

Biography

Dr. Yen-Hsuan Ni is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Hepatitis Research Center at National Taiwan University (NTU). He is also appointed to be the Associated Dean for Educational Affairs of College of Medicine, NTU. He completed medical school in NTU and then was trained in Department of Pediatrics of NTU hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.
Dr. Ni’s clinical expertise is in the field of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. His research interest mainly focuses in viral hepatitis, NAFLD, liver transplantation, IBD, and gut microbiota study. He has already published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the aforementioned areas. Dr. Ni is involved in many international academic activities; he is the formal President of World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (Taipei, 2012), which convened 1800 delegates from 88 countries. He delivers more than 20 talks every year in many foreign and domestic medical congress/symposium.

Research Interest

  • Pediatric Liver Diseases: Viral Hepatitis and NAFLD
  • Gut Microbiota
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Name
Shu Chen Wei
Position
Associate Professor
Affiliation
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
E-mail
shuchenwei@ntu.edu.tw

Biography

Dr. Shu Chen Wei graduated from the Institute of Clinical Medicine from the National Taiwan University in 2004, and received the research fellowship training in Dr. Podolsky’s Lab (GI Unit, MGH, Boston) from 2006 to 2008. She was the Best Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, from 1993-1997, also the Best Attending Physician of National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, in 2002. She has got the Scholarship for PhD student, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, in 1999; Young Clinician Award of World Congress of Gastroenterology in 2002; Outstanding Article Award of Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan in 2003; Outstanding Article Award of Prof. Juei-Low Sung’s Research Foundation in 2005; Taiwan Merit Scholarship-Ministry of Education (2006 Jul- 2007 Jun) and Taiwan Merit Scholarship-National Science Council (2007 Jul- 2008 Jun). Dr. Wei currently serves as the Secretary General for the TSIBD (Taiwan Society of IBD) and the representative for Taiwan of AOCC.

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancer

Name
Jau-Min Wong
Position
Professor
Affiliation
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
E-mail
jmwong@ntu.edu.tw

Biography

Prof. Wong was born at 1952. He has been working as gastroenterologist in National Taiwan University Hospital since 1985. He has joint appointment from School of Medicine and Institute of Biomedical Engineering of NTU. His research interest is in molecular biology and biomedical informatics with focus on molecular mechanism of GI diseases including inflammatory bowel disease and medical data mining. He is the President of Taiwan Society of IBD since 2013.

Research Interest

  1. 1. Gastroenterology
  2. 2. Digestive Endoscopy
  3. 3. Molecular Biology
  4. 4. Biomedical informatics

Southeast Asia

Name
Ida Hilmi
Position
Senior Consultant, Head of Unit, Professor
Affiliation
University of Malaya, Malaysia
E-mail
Ida.hilmi@gmail.com

Biography

Ida HILMI is a Professor and Consultant in Gastroenterology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prof Ida Hilmi graduated with honours from the University of Glasgow in 1997. She went on to do her training in internal medicine in Oxford and obtained her Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP) in 2000. She then joined the North East London Gastroenterology training program before returning to Malaysia in 2003. She is currently Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Director of Endoscopy at the University of Malaya Medical Centre as well as the Chairman of the Malaysian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Special Interest Group (IBD-SIG). Professor Hilmi’s areas of interest include IBD, EUS and colorectal cancer screening.

Research Interest

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancer screening

Name
Wee Chian Lim
Position
Senior Consultant
Affiliation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
E-mail
wee_chian_lim@ttsh.com.sg

Biography

Dr. Lim Wee Chian is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and Senior Consultant in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and is the immediate past President of the Gastroenterological Society of Singapore. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore and attained his higher degree from the National University of Singapore and Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore and Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. He underwent training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the University of Chicago Hospitals (2003-2004) and Endoscopic Ultrasonography at the Indiana University Medical Centre (2004-2005) and is a member of the APAGE working group on IBD and Cochrane IBD Review Group.

Research Interest

Inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal endoscopy

Name
Choon Jin Ooi
Position
ADJ Associate Professor
Affiliation
Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
E-mail
oseejay@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Ooi Choon Jin obtained his MBBS from National University of Singapore and attained his higher degree from the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and the Academy of Medicine Singapore. From 1998 to 2000, he trained at the Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School. He is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Gleneagles Medical Centre and a Visiting Consultant to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre at Singapore General Hospital.

He had previously served as Chairman of the Chapter of Gastroenterologists, Academy of Medicine Singapore and President of the Gastroenterological Society of Singapore.
He is the Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) and the lead for APAGE Working Group on IBD. The IBD group has been pivotal in producing many IBD consensus to help guide clinicians in the diagnosis and management of IBD.

Research Interest

Clinical Practice in IBD management and the use of novel and biologic therapy.

Name
Pises Pisespongsa
Position
Physician
Affiliation
Bumrungrad International Hospital, Thailand
E-mail
pises70@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Pisespongsa graduated from Chiang Mai University in 1994. He had been an instructor at Chiang Mai University from 2002-2016 and joined Bumrungrad International Hospital in 2016. His main interests are about IBD and gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Research Interest

IBD and gastrointestinal endoscopy

Name
Jose D. Sollano Jr
Position
Professor of Medicine
Affiliation
University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
E-mail
jsollano@i-manila.com.ph

Biography

Jose D. Sollano is a Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

Professor Sollano’s major professional interests include inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease and therapeutic endoscopy. He has pioneered the study and understanding of IBD in the Philippines and in 1990, established the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Club of the Philippines. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of gastroenterology, endoscopy and hepatology. As a key opinion leader in Asia, he has been involved in the development of various Asia-Pacific and National Consensus Guidelines. He has served as the President of the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), the Hepatology Society of the Philippines, the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, and the Philippine College of Physicians.

South Asia

Name
Rupa Banerjee
Position
Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist of the Department of
Gastroenterology and the Director of the IBD Clinic
Affiliation
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India
E-mail
dr_rupa_banerjee@hotmail.com

Biography

Dr. Rupa Banerjee is a senior consultant gastroenterologist in the department of Gastroenterology and the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) clinic at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India. She is also a part of the research faculty with the Asian Institute of Basic sciences, Hyderabad.
Her primary areas of interest are in luminal gastroenterology including IBD (ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease). Dr. Rupa is actively involved in research on inflammatory bowel disease focusing on the epidemiology, microbiota, genetic & enzyme profile of this population for optimizing and individualizing the management of IBD. Additional interests include the use of mesenchymal stem cell markers for the diagnosis and elucidation of the etiopathogenesis of Crohn’s disease and stem cell therapy.
Dr. Rupa has designed and maintains a 3500- patient database for the clinic focusing on the demographic, type and course of disease and response to treatment in the Indian subpopulation. She has been the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Her areas of interest also include the newer endoscopic techniques & technology including NBI & confocal endomicroscopy.
Dr. Rupa is the author of numerous papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed to book chapters and lectured widely at both national and international level. She has recently published a book on advanced gastrointestinal imaging including NBI.

Research Interest

Luminal gastroenterology including IBD (ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease)

Name
Govind Makharia
Position
Professor
Affiliation
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
E-mail
govindmakharia@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Govind K Makharia is presently a Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is also an adjunct faculty in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He has trained 40 fellows in gastroenterology and 7 PhD students. Dr. Makharia has published 160 articles in the indexed journals, 30 chapters for different books and edited a hand-book on celiac disease.. He has been nominated as a Co-chair of World Digestive Health Day 2016, World Gastroenterology Organization. He has co-chaired the World Gastroenterology Organization and Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology Working Party on Celiac disease. He is a Board Member of International Association for Studies on Celiac Disease. He is a core member of Asia Pacific Working Party on inflammatory bowel disease, and Asia Pacific Colorectal Cancer Study Group. He is the coordinator of national taskforce on inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Makharia is also involved in the development of medical device innovation and is co-inventor of a device for fecal incontinence. He has received many awards including BMJ, South East Asia best research paper of the year award, Alkem Om Prakash Memorial award (Indian Society of Gastroenterology), Young Clinicians’ Award (World Gastroenterology Organization), Young Investigator Award (APAGE), Award of Achievement by OESO, and SR Naik Memorial award, and AIIMS Excellence Award (twice).

Research Interest

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Name
Amarender Puri
Position
Director & Professor
Affiliation
GB Pant Hospital, India
E-mail
amarender.puri@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Amarender Puri is heading the Department of Gastroenterology at GB Pant Hospital which is one of the largest teaching hospital affiliated to Delhi university. His areas of interest are in luminal gastroenterology with special interest in celiac disease and IBD. He has several publications in these areas in both International and national journals. His other areas of interest are in Tropical diseases of the GI tract. He has published extensively on GI tuberculosis and have the largest series of Gastro-duodenal TB and Rectal TB to my credit. More than 50 fellows have completed their GI fellowship under his supervision in the last 15 years. His is an advisor to the Medical Council of India in the field of Gastroenterology and examiner for various universities in India.

Name
Ajit Sood
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Dayanand Medical College, India
E-mail
ajitsood10@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Ajit Sood is working as a Professor & Head of Gastroenterology at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, India. He has a special interest in Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease and Hepatitis C with more than 130 publications. He has been the founder and secretary of Colitis & Crohn’s Foundation (India).

Research Interest

Epidemiology, Immunosuppressive, and FMT in IBD

Middle East

Name
Ahmad Al-Fadhli
Position
Consultant Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Head of Haya Al-Habeeb Gastroenterology Center
Affiliation
Haya Al-Habeeb Gastroenterology Center, Kuwait
E-mail
Ahmadalfadhli@hotmail.com

Biography

Dr. Ahmad Al-Fadhli graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University in 1996. He completed his Canadian Board in Internal Medicine in 2001 and fellowship in IBD from University of Western Ontario, Canada 2003. He currently is Consultant Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Head of Haya Al Habib Gastroenterology and Hepatology Center in Kuwait. He is also a member of multiple societies and has over 12 publications and author of the Chapter Methotrexate in IBD at North American Clinic of Gastroenterology.

Research Interest

Generating local data from IBD patients in Kuwait

Europe & America

Name
Jean-Frederic Colombel
Position
Professor
Affiliation
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
E-mail
jean-frederic.colombel@mssm.edu

Biography

Dr. Jean-Frederic Colombel was a Professor of Medicine and head of Department of Gastroenterology at CHU Lille in France and president of the GETAID (Groupe d’Etudes Theapeutiques des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives), president of ECCO (European Crohn’s and colitis organization) and chair of the International Organization for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD). He moved to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York in 2013 to become Director of the Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center and the Leona and Harry B.Helmsley Charitable Trust IBD center. He is the author or co-author of more than 740 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is Associated Editor of Gastroenterology. His research interests cover all fields of inflammatory bowel disease.

Research Interest

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Name
Hans Herfarth
Position
Professor of Medicine
Affiliation
University of North Carolina, USA
E-mail
hherf@med.unc.edu

Biography

Hans Herfarth, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC). His primary research interests comprise of the investigation and analyses of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of IBD. He has published > 200 peer reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters about IBD. Dr. Herfarth is currently PI on several investigator initiated clinical studies in IBD, which are funded by the NIH, the CCFA, private foundations as well as industry. He is also the chairman of the Clinical Research Alliance of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Aside his research interests Dr. Herfarth is clinically active in the Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of the UNC treating patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He also serves as the Director of the UNC IBD pouch clinic.

Research Interest

Investigation and analyses of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of IBD

Name
Dermot McGovern
Position
Director Precision Health and Professor
Affiliation
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA
E-mail
mcgovernd@cshs.org

Biography

Dr. Dermot P.B. McGovern is currently an IBD Clinician and Director of Precision Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles having previously completed his Doctorate and GI training at the University of Oxford.

Research Interest

Dr. McGovern’s group study the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease in diverse populations including East Asians. His group are particularly interested in the relationship between genomic (and other ‘-omics’) and natural history and response to therapy in IBD populations. The McGovern group also study the in the functional consequences of disease-associated variants. Insights from these studies will help identify biomarkers and also novel therapeutic approaches. Promising candidates from these studies are investigated further in the drug development unit that Dr. McGovern co-directs.

Name
Peter Laszlo Lakatos
Position
Associate Professor and Director
Affiliation
McGill University, Canada
E-mail
kislakpet99@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Peter Lakatos is Associate Professor and Director of IBD Centre at McGill University, MUHC. Until January 2017 he was Head of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology ward, endoscopy unit and outpatient clinic at the 1st Department of Medicine, Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He is one of the founders and leader of the Hungarian IBD Study Group, council member of the Hungarian Society for Gastroenterology and president elect of the Colon Section. He is member of educational committee in ECCO and IOIBD member. He is regular reviewer in leading international journals in gastroenterology and hepatology, section editor in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, BMC Gastroenterology and associate editor in J Crohn’s Colitis and World Journal of Gastroenterology. During his career he published more than 250 original papers and reviews including 25 book chapters. His primary research interest is the epidemiology, outcome and biomarkers in prediction of disease progression and response to medical therapy in IBD.

Research Interest

Dr. Lakatos’ primary research interest is the epidemiology, new treatment strategies, cost-utility, outcome and biomarkers in prediction of disease progression and response to medical therapy in IBD.

Name
Simon Travis
Position
Professor of Clinical Gastroenterology
Affiliation
University of Oxford, UK
E-mail
simon.travis@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Biography

Simon Travis is the Professor of Clinical Gastroenterology at the University of Oxford and a former President of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO, 2012-2014). He is a Fellow of Linacre College and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Research Interest

Professor Travis has research interests in predictive factors, clinical trial outcomes, novel therapy, endoscopic assessment and patient-reported outcomes for IBD

Name
Julián Panés
Position
Chief of Department of Gastroenterology
Affiliation
University of Barcelona, Spain
E-mail
jpanes@clinic.cat

Biography

Dr. Julián Panés is chief of Department Gastroenterology at Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, and assistant professor of Medicine of the University of Barcelona. Dr. Panés has served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the United European Gastroenterology Federation, member of the Scientific Committee of European Crohn’s and Colitis organization, member of the board of International Organization for the study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, member of the Editorial Board of various international publications, Associate Editor of Gut, and he is currently President of ECCO.

Research Interest

Dr. Panés’ research group is focused on the development and implementation of new diagnostic tools, with special interest in cross-sectional imaging, the identification of new molecular targets for treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases, and the development of cell therapies for treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Name
Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
Position
Full Professor of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology
Affiliation
Nancy University Hospital, France
E-mail
peyrinbiroulet@gmail.com

Biography

Dr. Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet is professor of medicine and head of the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) unit (Inserm U954) at the Nancy University Hospital in France. Upon receiving his medical degree and PhD, he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the IBD Centre in Lille in 2007, before taking a research position at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA (2008–2009).

Professor Peyrin-Biroulet received a rising star award in 2008 from the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF). He is President of the GETAID and President of the SciCom of the French association of IBD patients (AFA). He is Chair of the IBD Committee of the French Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SFED) and Chair of the Clinical Trials Task Force at IOIBD. He was member of the UEGF Scientific Committee (2011-14). He is the current General Secretary of the European Crohn’s & Colitis Organization (ECCO). He was the coordinator for the development of the first Disability Index for IBD and of the treat to target (STRIDE) recommendations. He proposed the first definitions of early Crohn’s disease and of disease severity for IBD. He also contributed to the ECCO workshops on mucosal healing and malignancies as a responsible for a working group, and he participated in ECCO guidelines on imaging and Crohn’s disease consensus. Author of more than 350 peer-reviewed articles over the past 10 years (Lancet, Gastroenterology, PNAS, Gut etc.) and more than 200 non peer-reviewed articles, Professor Peyrin-Biroulet is an associate editor of Digestive Liver Diseases, and a member of the editorial board of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Journal of Crohn’s and colitis, and Gut. He also serves as a reviewer for several international journals (NEJM, Lancet, Gastroenterology, Gut etc.) and he is a staff contributor of the Selected Summary section of Gastroenterology. He joined the editorial team of the Cochrane Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and Functional Bowel Disorders (IBD/FBD) Review Group in 2014. He serves as Councillor to the Immunology, Microbiology and IBD section of the AGA Institute Council (2014-2016).