Forum 2021

Hong Kong & Online
4-5 September
IDDF 2021 will again be held as a hybrid meeting, offering participants the peace of mind when coming together for the pursuit of knowledge and advancement of practices in treating digestive diseases.


5 Sep
11:30 – 12:00
Florence Wong
Full Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Staff Hepatologist, Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada
Hepatorenal syndrome
Hepatorenal syndrome

Hepatorenal syndrome is an important complication of liver failure and is associated with very high mortality. The optimal pharmacological treatments and renal replacement therapy remain unclear. This lecture will discuss the pathophysiology and management of hepatorenal syndrome with special emphasis on recent data on the use of vasoactive agents.

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4 Sep
16:10 – 16:40
Mathias Heikenwälder
Department Head, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
Immunotherapy in NASH-HCC
Immunotherapy in NASH-HCC

Prof. Heikenwälder is group leader in “Chronic inflammation and Cancer” division at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg. The main focus of his group are molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to chronic inflammation, tissue damage, cancer and metastasis. In his lecture, he will report his recent pioneering discovery on Immunotherapy in NASH-HCC recently published in Nature (2021a, 2021b).

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4 Sep
11:30 – 12:00
Rohit Loomba
Director of Hepatology, University of California, San Diego, USA
Novel imaging tests of hepatic steatosis and fibrosis
Novel imaging tests of hepatic steatosis and fibrosis

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis has become an important cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In the past two decades, researchers have developed and validated a number of imaging tests to assess hepatic steatosis and fibrosis. This lecture will discuss the latest development of the imaging tests and whether they are ready to replace liver biopsy in clinical trials and routine practice.

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4 Sep
09:30 - 10:00
Siew Ng
Associate Director, Centre for Gut Microbiota Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Novel non-invasive markers for colorectal cancer and adenoma detection
Novel non-invasive markers for colorectal cancer and adenoma detection

With the increasing incidence of young onset colorectal cancer, a more sensitive and specific test is required for CRC screening. The advancement in technology allows us to detect early colorectal cancer and adenoma in a non-invasive way. We will discuss the latest update in the use of novel non-invasive markers for CRC and adenoma detection.

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5 Sep
11:00 – 11:30
Massimo Pinzani
Chair, Department of Hepatology, University College London Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, UK
Spleen stiffness measurement
Spleen stiffness measurement

Liver stiffness measurement by ultrasound- or magnetic resonance elastography is well established for the estimation of liver fibrosis. However, splenomegaly is a feature of cirrhosis, and spleen stiffness may reflect portal hypertension even better. In recent years, several ultrasound elastography devices have been optimised for spleen stiffness measurement and may be used to detect portal hypertension and varices.

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5 Sep
09:30 – 10:00
Weiping Zou
Director, Michigan Center of Excellence for Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Michigan School of Medicine, USA
T cell mediated anti-tumor therapy
T cell mediated anti-tumor therapy

Prof. Zou is Director of the Michigan Center of Excellence for Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy at University of Michigan School of Medicine. His group focuses on investigation of human cancer microenvironment, especially the interplay between tumor cells and host immune system, with 28 original articles in Nature, Science and Cell journal series. In his talk, he will present his exciting work on “T cell mediated anti-tumor therapy”.

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Connects you to the best of GI

IDDF’s two-day programme is packed with great content of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and translational science that will stimulate your mind and boost your knowledge. It features presentations by the world’s most respected authorities, a Young Investigator Award competition, a case/video championship and a full-day live endoscopy demonstration.

Whether you are a healthcare professional or an investigator, you don’t want to miss this signature event. Each year, leading minds and emerging talents from the field of gastrointestinal diseases gather together to share insights, discuss research, exchange ideas, explore trends and expand networks.

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Join us?

All-in-One at IDDF
The IDDF is a leading international platform that educates and inspires. Its symposia covers topics in hepatology, gastroenterology, endoscopy and translational sciences. Asides from clinical and academic GI professionals, healthcare professionals and scientists whose work involves gastrointestinal knowledge and skills, will greatly benefit from the latest knowledge that they can get at the forum.
Spotlighting Young Investigators
The Young Investigator Award (YIA) brings young scientists to the world stage and recognizes their research efforts. At the YIA competition, YIA presenters share their research findings and receive critical feedback from a panel of adjudicators composed of three to four eminent international experts.

Through the YIA, we shine a spotlight on young scientific minds!
Endoscopy Live Demonstration
IDDF’s live endoscopy demonstration showcases the latest techniques in diagnostic and therapeutic digestive endoscopy. Our endoscopy centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital is Asia Pacific’s leading centre in training basic and advanced endoscopic techniques.
Online and Onsite
The hybrid event format allows participants to join us from anywhere in the world. Participants can join us virtually or in person. All they have to do is to indicate their preferences for both days during registration.

IDDF attracts high-calibre faculty to speak from across the world and I think its solid reputation is reflected in the increasing number of delegates that attend each year.

Edward Gane
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor of Medicine
Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
Deputy Director, New Zealand Liver Unit

IDDF is an outstanding international platform that combines excellence in research with clinical practice. It educates, informs and – most importantly – inspires. This is of key importance for myself, Gut and a crucial reason for creating this conference.

Emad El-omar
Editor-in-Chief of Gut
St George and Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW Australia
Professor of Medicine

IDDF is unique as it encompasses a lot of specialities: Gastroenterology; Hepatology; Endoscopy; and Basic Science. It’s impressive to have these in the same forum and give attendees the chance to experience this wide variety of disciplines.

Nageshwar Reddy
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology
Founder and Chairman


US$ 269 HK$ 2,099
Nurses / Allied Health Professionals
US$ 169 HK$ 1,299
Trainees / Young Investigators / Students
US$ 169 HK$ 1,299
CUHK/HA members
Register with your CUHK/HA email
Get a discount for group registrations of 8 or more
Pass Privileges
  • Admission to all scientific sessions & exhibitions
  • Access to the interactive virtual platform
  • Access to on-demand recordings
  • Digital certificate of attendance
onsite only
  • Free refreshment and lunches
  • Forum materials (one of each: conference bag, programme book, lanyard)


Diamond Sponsor
Olympus Hong Kong and China Limited
Platinum Sponsors
Abbvie Limited
Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson (HK) Limited
Gold Sponsors
AstraZeneca Hong Kong Limited
Chong Lap (H.K.) Co., Ltd.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Limited
Gilead Sciences Hong Kong Limited
Pfizer Corporation Hong Kong Limited
Shanghai Biotree Biotech Co., Ltd.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Hong Kong) Limited
Other Sponsors
A. Menarini Hong Kong Limited
Boston Scientific HK Limited
Celltrion Healthcare Hong Kong Limited
Cook Medical
Eppendorf China Limited - Hong Kong Office
Fresenius Kabi Hong Kong Limited
GenieBiome Limited
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Asia) Ltd.
Novogene (HK) Company Limited
Swen Medical Diagnostics Limited

Supporting Organizations

Supporting Organizations
Asian EUS Group (AEG)
Asian NBI Group
Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology
Asian Pacific Society for Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE)
Hong Kong Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Society
Hong Kong Society of Digestive Endoscopy
Hong Kong Society of Endosonography
The Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology
Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Thai Association for the Study of the Liver (THASL)
The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan
The Hong Kong Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Vietnam Association of Gastroenterology (VNAGE)