Presidents Report - Stellenbosch October 2016

Dear HPBASA members

HPBASA website

The redesign of the website was necessitated by limited use by members.

While the original website provided a good sounding board for events, there was limited further utility. With this in mind, a design was chosen to facilitate interaction, and to provide a future driven framework for development.

Two key sponsors – Medtronic and Boston Scientific – were acquired for implementation and running costs of the website.

Key features of the website include:-

  • - Modern user friendly design
  • - Capturing of people and events
  • - Video section [modelled on Websurg and VideoGIE]
  • - Case reports
  • - Archive HPBASA endorsed presentations
  • - Reference Library

The website is in a late stage of development, and it is hoped that a prototype will be ready for this congress.

This has necessitated the formation of a Scientific Committee to peer review content that will be submitted for publication. Further changes will be implemented in a trial period in the first six months. It is hoped that this will stimulate activity between groups, and serve as a nodal point for the Society as a whole. I am deeply indebted to the website developers, the sponsors, and those of you who have helped me with this endesvour over the last 12 months.

International Association of the Pancreas 2019

The IAP is a multinational grouping of experts in Translational Pancreatic Medicine and Research, with a footprint throughout the world. Their meetings, most recently held this month in Sendai Japan together with the Japanese Pancreas Society, are of exceptional scientific quality, and we are priveledged to have been approached to host the IAP 2019 in Cape Town.

A joint meeting of the IAP with a combined HPBASA-SAGES-ASSA grouping has been planned to ensure financial viability and quality contribution from as wide a pool of expertise as is possible from here in South Africa.

There is no doubt that there will be significant benefit to all concerned, and hopefully this will serve to strengthen our footprint as a society internationally.

The next three years will be a time of exceptional growth due to this event, and I wish the local organising committee the very best in this endesvour.