The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders has published its February 2014 newsletter, which is now available to download from the IFSO website.
Highlights in the latest issue include a message from IFSO’s president, Luigi Angrisani, who urges the presidents of all societies to participate in the Survey on bariatric surgery 2013. "It is a fundamental goal of our Federation to monitor and study the trend of Bariatric Surgery in the world. That’s why I expect a great participation from the Presidents of all the Societies. I’m sure that year by year, with the cooperation of all of us, this tool will be more and more precise and useful."
In an update from the European Chapter of IFSO, Chapter president, Professor Yuri Yashkov, highlighted some of the key issues that will be discussed at the 6th IFSO-EC meeting in Brussels including: new technical opportunities, optimal approaches for surgical treatment of Diabetes Mellitus, surgical options for children and adolescents, for the patients with BMI <35 and interdisciplinary approaches to bariatric patients.
In addition, professor Luc Lemmens, President of the 6th IFSO-EC Congress, announces that the 2nd European Obesity Medico-Surgical Workshop will be a formal satellite of IFSO EC 2014 jointly organized by IFSO EC and EASO. It will be a one day workshop where surgeons and endocrinologist will have the opportunity to discuss items of common interest.
Professor Wej-Jei Lee, President of APC, reported on the success of the first meeting of the Gulf Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (GOSS). He also announced that the next IFSO-APC meeting will take place in Seoul, Korea in 2015: "The Korean Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Society (KSMBS) joined the Asia-Pacific Chapter of IFSO last year, and it won the bid to host the next meeting. The dates have been set, so mark April 9-11, 2015 on your calendar for what we trust will be a great meeting in an exciting city."
Jaime Ponce, President of the North American Chapter, highlighted the successful inaugural ObesityWeek meeting that was attended by more than 4,700 surgeons, nurses, clinicians, policymakers, integrated health professionals, scientists and researchers, including over 700 international attendees.
Dr Natan Zundel, President of the Latin American Chapter, reports that IFSO Latin American Chapter has a new website: www.ifsolac.com
Finally, there are also updates on forthcoming IFSO World Congress meeting from Michel Gagner President of the IXX IFSO Congress, Karl Miller President of the XX IFSO Congress, and Ricardo Cohen, President of the XXI IFSO Congress.