Saudi Digestive Disease Forum
The Saudi Digestive Disease Forum (SDDF) is one of the largest scientific conferences held annually. It is organized with the cooperation of three scientific societies: 1-The Saudi Gastroenterology Association (SGA) 2-The Saudi Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Transplantation (SASLT) 3-The Saudi Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (SASPGHAN).
The SDDF 2018 was held in Riyadh for three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) 1-3 February 2018. In the first day, a three workshops were conducted: 1- GI Motility 2- Fibroscan, and 3- Leadership Development.
The second and third day, a three scientific forums (meetings) were conducted: the first one is targeting the specialized healthcare professionals in the field of adult digestive diseases. The second one is targeting the specialized healthcare professionals in the field of pediatric digestive diseases. And the third one is targeting those non specialized but interested in the field of adult digestive diseases. In addition to the three forums, there were two workshops conducted on the second and third day consecutively: 1- Endoscopy (for nurses and technicians), 2- Research Methodology.
A large number of participants attended the forums and workshops, and many sponsors that used to support the scientific and educational activities participated as well.
The number of speakers at this scientific forum was 47, including 34 from Saudi Arabia and 13 from the Gulf Region, America, Europe and East Asia.
Many scientific lectures and updates were discussed during the forum, including: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, endoscopic treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatitis B and C, complications of cirrhosis, fatty liver diseases, liver and intestinal transplantation, breastfeeding, pancreatitis, home TPN etc...
This Forum support the scientific research and encourages the researchers to submit their scientific papers. This year, 40 abstracts were accepted for poster presentation during the forum. The prizes for best five posters were awarded during the forum.
There was also a recognition and awards of scientific excellence for each association. Prof. Ibrahim Al-Mufleh (SGA) Excellence award to Prof. Faleh Al-Falih. The SASLT Excellence award to Dr. Ibrahim Al-Tarif. The SASPGHAN Excellence award to Dr. Mohammed Al-Mozan.
In conclusion, we thank the attendees and participants and we invite them to attend the Saudi Digestive Disease Forum in 2019 (SDDF 2019), which will be held in Jeddah, God willing.