Current Challenges of IBD
Dear colleagues and friends,
I am delighted to welcome you to the first Symposium, organized by Falk Foundation e.V., in Mexico City on March 6 and 7, 2020. This will be the second Symposium held in Latin America after more than two decades. It is a great privilege to have this event in Mexico where the incidence and prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has increased importantly in the last decade. Mexico City, capital of the country, lies at an altitude of more than 2,200 meters in the Anáhuac Valley, surrounded by mighty mountain ranges and two magnificent snow-covered volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. This city is one of the world‘s largest cities, both in terms of population and area, most of the city‘s best tourist attractions and popular things to do are in the historic city center, a 15-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site containing more than 1,400 important buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as several museums such as Frida Kahlo Museum, the National Museum of Anthropology, the Palace of Fine Arts and others. The theme of this Symposium in Mexico City is “Current Challenges of Inflammatory Bowel Disease”. The linear program has seven selected sessions, structured around epidemiology, monitoring tools, conventional and biological treatment, new emerging therapeutic approaches, surgical issues and special situations focused on clinical practice with direct relevance to patient care, as well as poster presentations. Our aims remain to provide an exciting academic program with latest and best scientific information and education in order to share and discuss the most relevant topics of IBD approach for improving outcomes and quality of life in patients with IBD. Thanks to the generosity of Falk Foundation and all our international IBD experts for all time, effort and dedication in this important event. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Maria Abreu, Fernando Gomollon and Francisco Bosques, I extend a warm welcome to you all in Mexico City!
Jesus Yamamoto-Furusho Chair of the Organizing Committee