WELCOME TO 18TH CONGRESS OF INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THE
SURGERY OF OBESITY & METABOLIC DISORDERS (IFSO 2013)
Dear Colleagues and friends,
It is an honor and great pleasure for me to invite you to 18th World Congress of IFSO which will be held in Istanbul between 28 - 31 August 2013. As you know Istanbul is the only and oldest city in the world built on two continents and has two bridges binding Europe and Asia and formed a new continent called as Eurasia. Also in medical community there is an urgent need for unity to fight for the growing pandemic of obesity.
This idea become our main inspiration for organizing a tremendous event, a congress, a consensus platform bridging bariatric and metabolic surgeons with physicians, integrated health professionals, researchers, and pharmaceutical, surgical innovation companies. It would be a unique meeting underscoring the importance of multidisciplinary approach to surgical treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders. The role of metabolic surgery for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Metabolic Syndrome and its role in prevention of cardiovascular diseases will also be discussed in detail with the valuable contribution of researchers.
We will also have opportunity to evaluate and discuss the emerging technologies, such as robotic surgery, NOTES, LESS and intraluminal techniques and their safety, feasibility over the conventional laparoscopic bariatric surgical approaches. Our distinguished keynote speakers and panelists will share their experiences and exchange ideas via postgraduate courses, lectures and round table discussions on bariatric and metabolic surgical techniques with the participants. We will also have courses and sessions encompassing basis of scientific research, medical writing and basic sciences for young bariatric surgery fellows and surgery residents. Live surgery sessions on the last day of the congress will provide us to compare or technical knowledge with the experts around the world and adopt new techniques in our practice and also evaluate alternative procedures as mini gastric bypass and ileal transposition.
Istanbul being the financial center of modern Turkey, former capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and European Capital of Culture in 2010 provides enchanting historical sites of UNESCO world heritage and modern attractions and sceneries to her visitors. We will also find plenty of time besides the congress program to discover the city and replenish our souls within the mysterious silhouettes of the old byzantine churches, ottoman palaces, minarets, old geneo tower and ancient walls of this mystical city. I am sure that you will feel at home with globally known Turkish hospitality and find a part of yourself in this magnificent city.
On behalf of IFSO and Turkish Obesity Surgery Society, I welcome you to your home, Istanbul.
With warm regards,