Programme at a Glance

Welcome to the Scientific Programme of the 13th IHPBA World Congress, 2018.

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Please click on the link to view the current programme at a glance. You’ll find that all the sessions are colour-coded according to topic: the key is at the bottom of each page. In addition, we have the following lecture types:-

Living Legend
Not to be missed - an opportunity to hear from some of the most important surgeons in our field who have stamped their mark on the field of HPB surgery. Each will speak on a separate topic reflecting their career’s passion (Liver, Pancreas, and Transplantation Surgery) in exclusive plenary sessions throughout the Congress. In recognition of the recent death of Professor Thomas Starzl, the inaugural Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture will be delivered on a transplantation topic.

Keynote Lectures
These are state-of the-art presentations of highly topical and timely subjects in HPB surgery, addressed to all Congress participants. Leading international speakers, with considerable expertise in the subject at hand, have been invited to deliver these Keynote Lectures. They will be scheduled at "prime time" in the programme, unopposed to other activities to achieve maximum attendance.

Meet the Professor
Meet the Professor breakfast sessions allow delegates to meet in a small group with renowned clinicians and researchers. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussion, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. To foster a more intimate learning environment, places will be limited and a nominal fee will be charged.

Symposia are significant educational sessions aimed at critically reviewing diverse aspects of a specific topic. Moderators will oversee 4-5 focused talks which probe the depth of the topic. The target audience consists of delegates who are primarily interested in the subject or wish to update their knowledge in the area. Audience interaction will be prominent with robust “Question & Answer” opportunities. Many of the symposia will feature Multidisciplinary, Technical, or Scientific themes.

IHPBA Meets “Partner Societies”
A new initiative for this congress will be symposia hosted jointly by Partner Societies. The intention is that IHPBA will nominate 2 speakers and a range of Partner Societies will contribute 2 speakers in a facilitated symposia, providing an opportunity for exchange of ideas, debate and discussion. Partner Societies who have agreed to contribute are listed below:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
Compagnons Hepato-Biliaires
Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Society (ERAS)
European Association for the Study of Liver (EASL)
European Computer Assisted Liver Surgery Society (ECALSS)
European Pancreatic Club (EPC)
European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT)
International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO)
International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS)
International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA)
International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
Society of Surgery for Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
Swiss Surgeons

Debates allow speakers to debate controversial topics in an attractive format which provides “food for thought”. Questions for which we have no good answers yet are featured. This motif is always lively and entertaining. The faculty chosen for these sessions are highly acclaimed clinicians with passion for their views.

These are talks in which speakers are expected to provide objective, exhaustive reviews in a topic. Issues regarding diagnosis, management and different aspects of research will be evaluated. They are addressed to participants who wish to acquire practical knowledge on a specific subject. The presenter’s own clinical acumen will allow for clinical interpretation of the data presented. An interactive discussion with the audience at the end of the session is expected.

Top 11 – “Best of the Best” Session
The Top 11 competetive abstracts of the Congress, the “Best of the Best”, will be featured during the plenary sessions. These represent investigations and results that will likely make a significant impact on how HPB surgery is practiced. Presenters will have 15 minutes including questions and answers. Each will be discussed by a preeminent thought leader in the field. Mandatory submission of a full manuscript to HPB will be required for these particular presentations.

Oral and Mini-Oral Abstract Sessions
The most exciting work from abstracts submitted to the Congress will be honoured with a place in these sessions. Each presenter explains their work and answers questions from the audience. Oral presentation will be 8 minutes and Mini-Oral presentations 3 minutes with two minutes of subsequent questions and answers.

Invited Video Presentations
A single Invited Video, presented by master surgeons, will be embedded within various Long Oral, free paper presentation sessions. The subject of the invited video presentation will align with the session of similar topic matter.

E-Poster Sessions
All posters will be presented in an electronic format. Delegates will be able to view submitted electronic posters during the Congress at designated workstations located throughout the exhibition area. Poster sessions will take place each day. During these sessions presenters are available to discuss their work and answer questions from delegates.

“Talking” Posters
Select, high ranking abstract presenters will have the opportunity to give a short oral presentation on their poster. These will feature an enthusiastic moderator who will generate discussion among an audience of interested delegates. These are 5 minutes presentation time (maximum of 3 slides) including questions and answers.

Tricks of the Trade
Following the success in the IHPBA 2016 programme, we will continue to include a session entitled, “Tricks of the Trade.” The goal of this session is to provide a forum for all members to share their technical “tricks” in HPB surgery or management pearls they have learned in treating problems encountered by our patients. Each selected oral presentation will be 5 minutes in length, and should demonstrate the process clearly involving, for example, good artwork, line drawings, or even a short video clip. These are not meant to be long, extravagant dissertations, but rather succinct descriptions of the method under discussion.

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