We are proud to introduce the following speakers

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Prof Pradeep Bhandari

Pradeep Bhandari is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology at Queen Alexandra Hospital of Portsmouth University Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth, UK.

He undertook a Fellowship in National Cancer Centre, Tokyo, Japan, bringing back and further developing his key interests in endoscopic resections, 3rd space endoscopy and advanced diagnostics in endoscopy (lately with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence).

Prof Bhandari is a member of BSG Endoscopy Committee, UEG Research Committee, specialist advisor to NICE and is the current chair of ESGE Research Committee.

He has received several awards for his work in the field of endoscopy, including Hopkins Endoscopy prize (BSG), Barbour Freeland Award (RACP) and Crystal Awards (ASGE).

He has close to 500 publications to his name, including a many national and international guidelines.

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A/Prof Nick Burgess

Associate Professor Nick Burgess is an interventional endoscopist and gastroenterologist at Westmead Hospital and clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia. His research interests focus on the prediction of cancer within colorectal polyps, endoscopic resection in the colon including EMR and ESD, and the prevention of adverse events including bleeding and perforation. He has a strong interest in endoscopy quality and bowel cancer screening. He is a co-editor for Endoscopy journal and has published multiple papers which have influenced international endoscopy practice. He also performs ERCP and interventional EUS.

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Lucy Carey

Lucy Carey is a dietitian in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her work for Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd includes group lifestyle education and cooking classes in the community, and supporting health professionals with nutrition and lifestyle education. Lucy also runs a private practice and blog www.eattypelive.com. Her areas of interest include disordered eating, lifestyle medicine, teen athletes and feeding kids.

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Dr Jerry Chin

Dr. Chin is a gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist at Waikato Hospital. He recently returned to New Zealand after completing transplant hepatology and advanced endoscopy fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Chin's research interest is in the field of endoscopic hepatology and is conducting multiple prospective studies in this field.

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Dr Charlotte Daker

Dr Charlotte Daker is a consultant gastroenterologist with the Waitematā Distict Health Board who has a special interest in neurogastroenterology and motility. She commenced her training in London, UK where she completed 3 years before she took a sabbatical to sail across the Pacific and completed her training in New Zealand. She is passionate about improving equity and the patient experience and leads the Chronic Nausea and Vomiting Multidisciplinary Team. Together the team have developed resources for patients and clinicians alike including a diagnostic and treatment algorithm. Her interest in this has opened doors to further research and work with the innovative gastric myoelectrical mapping physiological testing start up from Auckland University, Alimetry. In her downtime she enjoys rock music and endurance sport – everything from Iron Maiden to IronMan triathlon.

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Prof Ben Devereaux

Benedict Devereaux is a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland and Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital performing advanced therapeutic endoscopic procedures. He is an internationally recognised expert in the diagnosis and endoscopic management of pancreatico-biliary disease. He contributes widely to the education of students, junior colleagues and peers throughout Australia and internationally as an invited faculty member at multiple international conferences, endoscopic symposia and hands-on workshops. He is a founder and director of Australia’s endoscopic ultrasound symposium and has published the world first, Handbook of Clinical Pancreatology.

After completing gastroenterology training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians he undertook further Fellowships in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatoscopy (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) at Indiana University Medical Centre in Indianapoilis. He has contributed significantly to clinical research in advanced pancreas pathology and therapeutic endoscopy and has published widely in clinical guidelines and expert reviews to ensure that clinical research is readily translated to updated management algorithms enhancing patient care internationally.

He has represented his peers at every stage of his medical career, from medical school through to his current presidency of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) and chairing of the GESA Infection Control in Endoscopy Committee. He advises on gastroenterology clinical practice and health resource utilisation.. He is committed to enhancing gastroenterology globally through impactful contributions to medical education and clinical research in addition to engagement with national and international peak bodies.

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A/Prof Tim Eglinton

Associate Professor Tim Eglinton is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Head of Department of Surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

After obtaining FRACS in General Surgery in 2005, he undertook post fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery in Cambridge, United Kingdom and Adelaide, Australia.

Tim’s specialty interests include; inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and minimally invasive surgery. Tim has a busy IBD practice, is a medical adviser to Crohn’s & Colitis New Zealand and has published widely on IBD. He is also a member of the RACS Surgical Skills Education and Training Committee and the ANZ Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Prof Jacob George

Jacob George is the Robert W. Storr Professor of Hepatic Medicine at the Storr Liver Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney and Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Westmead Hospital and Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Services for the Western Sydney Local Health District. He undertakes basic and clinical research on MAFLD, hepatitis C, liver cancer and hepatic fibrosis. He is Associate Editor for Journal of Hepatology and other journals. He is on the executive of the International Association for the study of Liver (IASL), and Chair of the Liver Faculty of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. He has published >505papers, has >43,000 citations and an h index of 91.

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Prof Sunanda Kane

Dr. Sunanda V. Kane is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. She has a busy clinical practice that reflects her expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is also the focus of her research work encompassing new therapies, gender-specific issues, and medication adherence.

She is a prolific researcher and writer, having published over 200 original articles, reviews and book chapters; she also authored a book for patients on self-management of IBD. She is a passionate teacher, not just to students, trainees and colleagues, but also to patients in her previous role as Chair of the National Patient Education Committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

She was the first female Associate Editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and serves in editorial roles for other journals as well. Amongst many leadership positions that she holds within Mayo Clinic is the Assistant Chair of Patient Experience within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but the pinnacle of Dr. Kane’s leadership journey was being President of the American College of Gastroenterology in 2019-2020.

She also just completed a 5-year service on the Gastroenterology Specialty Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Dr Andrew Latchford

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Assistant Director Polyposis registry at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow since 2013.

He specialises in the endoscopic and clinical management of patients with polyposis syndromes and other inherited cancer predisposition syndromes

He is a Council member for InSiGHT (The International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours).

He was involved in paediatric polyposis guidelines for ESPHGAN, UK national polyposis guidelines as well as European guidelines for ESGE.

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Prof James Lindsay

James Lindsay is the Professor of Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London and a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Barts Health NHS Trust. Along with a full multidisciplinary team he runs the adolescent and adult IBD service at The Royal London Hospital.

Professor Lindsay serves on the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD Clinical Trials Steering Group and is Chief Investigator for a series of investigator-led and commercial clinical trials in IBD. In addition, he leads a program of translational mucosal immunology research investigating leukocyte trafficking, monocyte / macrophage differentiation and the control of fibrosis in IBD.

He has recently been the Education Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO). Before this he served as ECCO e-learning ambassador and chair of the ECCO Education Committee. He has also chaired working groups for the ECCO consensus on the management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He is a member of the International Organisation of IBD (IOIBD)

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A/Prof Greg O'Grady

Associate Professor O'Grady is a general and colorectal surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, and Director of the Surgical Engineering Lab at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He is also Chair of the Australasian Surgical Research Society. His research interests include medical device development, gut motility, surgical recovery, and commercialisation, and his team is funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council, US NIH and MedTech Centre of Research Excellence.

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Wendy Scanlon

Wendy Scanlon is a Registered Nutritionist working in primary care at Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd. She coordinates Senior Chef, a community cooking programme aiming to prevent malnutrition in seniors, and also facilitators the lifestyle programme, Appetite for Life.

Alongside these community programmes she is involved in health professional education. Wendy also works for New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance, which manages the WHO baby friendly programme.

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Dr Amit Sood

Dr. Sood is the creator of the Resilient Option program. He is one of the world's leading experts on resilience and wellbeing, and executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He was also professor of medicine, and Chair for student life and wellness at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Sood has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of several books including, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, Mindfulness Redesigned, SMART with Dr. Sood, The Resilience Journal, and Build Your Immune Resilience.

Dr. Sood has presented at some of the highest impact forums like, TEDx, Lake Nona, Forbes Under 30 Forum, Conference Board, Beckers, YPO, NPR, NAMI, NBGH, NASA, keynotes for Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and others.

He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Distinguished Service, 2010 Innovator of the Year, 2013 Outstanding Physician Scientist and 2016 Faculty of the Year awards, all from Mayo Clinic. He was selected as one among top 20 intelligent optimist in the world (Ode Magazine). Dr. Sood was also selected by RWJ Foundation as one of the health care pioneers, and the "Biggest Impact Maker" in healthcare in Rochester, MN (the home of Mayo Clinic).

Dr. Sood serves as member of the Everyday Health Wellness Advisory Board.

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Dr William Stableforth

Bill Stableforth is a hepatologist and gastroenterologist in Cornwall UK. Having undertaken a fellowship in Middlemore Hospital in 2007 he now spends his time rewilding a 5 acre farm, sea swimming, kayaking and surfing among other things. He is a lifelong environmental activist with an interest in climate and health and fossil fuel divestment. He is a founder member of the Health Declares movement and Doctors for Extinction Rebellion and the Green Endoscopy Network. He is sustainability lead for the British Association for the study of the liver and clinical lead for sustainability at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

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Dr Heidi Su

Heidi Su is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital. After completing FRACP in NZ, she completed two years of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at The Alfred in Melbourne, including one year as the Intestinal Ultrasound Fellow.

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Prof Julia Wendon

Consultant in intensive care with specific clinical focus on liver failure : acute and acute on chronic.

Based at Kings College Hospital London

Research interests : organ failure, immune dysregulation of liver failure and prognosis

Published some 270 articles in the field of intensive care and liver disease

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Dr Sylvia Wu

Dr Shih Yea Sylvia Wu, commenced her role as a full time gastroenterologist at Hutt Hospital in 2019. After graduating from Otago Medical school, and completing her gastroenterology subspecialty training in New Zealand, she spent over a year at the Japan National Cancer Centre in Tokyo for fellowship, focused on detecting and characterizing early gastrointestinal lesions, as well as advanced therapeutic endoscopic treatment of early GI cancers. She co-authored publications on ESD cases and techniques and endocytoscopy, partners with Japan National Cancer Centre for ongoing research, and is part of the Asia Pacific Working Group on GI cancers.