Most recent update: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 09:43

Bariatric News - Cookies & privacy policy

You are here

IFSO announcement

Exclusive: IFSO endorses Global Registry Pilot project

IGRP used as a foundation stone to grow the registry over time to include as many countries as possible
First report to be released at next IFSO World Congress, Montreal, Canada, in August 2014

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) has endorsed the creation of a pilot project - The IFSO Global Registry Pilot (IGRP). The aims of the registry are to demonstrate that it is possible to merge and analyse bariatric and metabolic surgical data from different countries and centres, and to publish the data in a report to be released in time for the next IFSO World Congress to be held in Montreal, Canada, in August 2014.

Michel Gagner

“This pilot project is the first step for IFSO in establishing a scientific foundation for our members and demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of bariatric and metabolic surgery on a global scale,” said Professor Michel Gagner, IFSO Council Member and IFSO 2014 Congress President. “This project is extremely exciting because it will allow us to see the mechanics of what is happening within bariatric and metabolic surgery on a global scale.”

The publication will not only show pool data between countries, it will also demonstrate that it is possible to merge data from different software systems onto a single platform. Therefore, this pilot project will be used as a foundation stone to grow the registry over time to include as many countries as possible.

The IGRP will be headed by Mr Richard Welbourn (UK), Dr Ingmar Naslund (Sweden), Dr Johan Ottosson (Sweden), Professor Michel Gagner (Canada) and Dr Peter Walton (Dendrite Clinical Systems).

Ingmar Naslund (left) and Johan Ottosson

 The project will be funded by Dendrite Clinical Systems, a specialist supplier of clinical databases, analysis software, consultancy and publishing services for the international healthcare sector.

Peter Walton

“We are very pleased to have received an endorsement from IFSO for the pilot project that will assess the feasibility of creating an international global bariatric and metabolic surgical registry,” said Dr Peter Walton, Managing Director of Dendrite Clinical systems. “For this pilot project, centres from all over the world have been invited to collect and submit their data and we are delighted at the positive response we have received from bariatric and metabolic surgeons. We look forward to collaborating closely with IFSO to create a unique publication, which we hope will be the first in a series of groundbreaking reports.”

“We will be able to see what types of surgery are been performed in certain countries and it will give us some indications as to why. For example, in Chile we know that sleeve gastrectomy is the most popular procedure because of the prevalence of gastric cancer. It will be fascinating to compare country to country and region to region. How does Asia differ from Europe, how do they compare with South America, how does North America compare to the South America," concluded Gagner. "These are all questions this project can provide answers to.”

Richard Welbourn

Dendrite has published numerous national and international surgical reports, including the First National Bariatric Surgery Report published in 2011. This was the first comprehensive, prospective, nationwide analysis of outcomes from bariatric surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The report was the result of the data collected by the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR), of which Richard Welbourn is Chair of the Audit Committee. The Second National Bariatric Surgery Report is due to be published in 2014.

If you would like to express an interest in submitting data to the IGRP, please email:

Want more stories like this? Subscribe to Bariatric News!

Bariatric News
Keep up to date! Get the latest news in your inbox. NOTE: Bariatric News WILL NOT pass on your details to 3rd parties. However, you may receive ‘marketing emails’ sent by us on behalf of 3rd parties.