Program at a Glance

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Please click on the link to view the 2021 program 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. Throughout the program, 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, Biliary Tract or Transplantation Surgery) in exclusive plenary sessions throughout the Congress.

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 conduct these Keynote Lectures. This motif is scheduled at “prime time” in the program, unopposed to other activities, to achieve maximum attendance.

Thomas Starzl Memorial Lecture
Thomas Earl Starzl (March 11, 1926 – March 4, 2017) was an American physician, researcher, and expert on organ transplants. He performed the first human liver transplants, and has often been referred to as “the father of modern transplantation.” In recognition of his many contributions and to honor his legacy, the Thomas Starzl lecture has become a permanent feature of IHPBA’s biennial World Congress.

We are honoured that Professor Satoru Todo from Japan will give the Thomas Starzl lecture at the 2020 World Congress. Professor Todo’s lecture is titled ‘Immune Tolerance in Liver Transplantation; Current and Future’.

This lecture requires independent funding and you can contribute to the Thomas Starzl lecture fund here.

Meet the Professor
Meet the Professor breakfast sessions allow delegates to meet in a small group with renowned researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. To foster a more intimate learning environment, space is limited to fewer than 100 people 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 between 4-6 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 and Answer” opportunities. Many of the symposia will feature Multidisciplinary, Technical, or Scientific themes.

IHPBA Meets “Societies”
These symposia will be hosted jointly by Partner Societies. Speakers selected from IHPBA and the Partner Society will contribute in a facilitated symposia, providing an opportunity for exchange of ideas, debate and discussion. Partner Societies who have agreed to contribute are listed below:

  • International Biliary Tract Cancer Collaborators (IBTCC)
  • International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS)
  • International Consortium on Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery (I-MIPS)

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 positions.

These are sessions in which speakers are expected to provide objective, exhaustive reviews in a field, either clinical or basic.  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.

“Best of the Best” Session
The Top 12 competitive abstracts of the Congress, the “Best of the Best”, will be featured in an exclusive plenary session open to the full membership.  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 just 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 a master surgeon, 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 of presentation time (Maximum of 3 slides) including questions and answers.

Tricks of the Trade and Challenging Intraoperative Scenarios
Following the success in previous IHPBA congresses, 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.

Clinical Trials in Progress/Breaking Results
Selected clinical trials in progress will be presented by their investigators with the opportunity for vibrant discussion and feedback. This year’s session will highlight ongoing trials in all phases of clinical research. It will provide a forum for sharing ideas, publicising trials seeking extramural participation and accentuating the research focus of many participants in our society.