WEDNESDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2022
Venue: Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Academic Writing Workshop
@ Event 1, Level 2 (Hilton Kota Kinabalu)

Ever wonder why no journal seems to be interested to publish your work?

Your academic career seems to be hitting a wall?

Then don’t worry! Come and attend this Academic Writing Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to allow the participants first-hand experience of interacting internationally renowned researchers and authors in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition.

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  • Aspiring paediatric gastroenterologist / hepatologist in research and publication.
Number of participants: 50
Professor Mark BeattieProfessor of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, UK

Professor Mark Beattie is Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, UK. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Archives Disease in Childhood (2010-2013) and has authored multiple revision texts for the MRCPCH Examination. Currently he is the editor Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Gastroenterology. He has published more than 100 articles in various international journals.


Professor Christopher Boey Professor of Paediatrics at Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Professor Christopher Boey is Professor of Paediatrics at Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was the Deputy Dean for Post-graduate study at Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya for many years. He has published widely and has supervised many post-graduate trainees.


Professor Toh Teck HockPaediatrician & Head of Clinical Research Centre, Sibu Hospital,
Ministry of Health Malaysia
Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University Sibu Clinical Campus

Professor Toh Teck Hock is an Adjunct Professor for SEGi University and Sunway University, as well as the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Clinical Advisor in Health Promotion®, Vice President for the National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Council Member for Sarawak State Council for Early Childhood Education and Development, National Assessor for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Secretary of the Association for Children with Special Needs Sibu. He has spoken at conferences around the world and has also published parent-teacher handbooks on ADHD, language development and breastfeeding, as well as children reading/colouring books, and books on Chinese literary prose and short stories. He received The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in 2010, Special Education Network in Asia Advocacy Award in 2018, and other awards/prizes for academic/work achievement over the years.

Time Programme Speaker
0730-0800 Registration Organiser
0800-0810 Welcome remarks Organiser
0810-0910 Introduction to academic writing  Prof Mark Beattie, UK
0910-1010 Presentation of current research work by participants
(3 slides maximum each) followed by discussion
Participants & Prof Mark Beattie
1010-1030 Coffee break  
1030-1100 Presentation of current research work by participants
(3 slides maximum each) followed by discussion (Contd)
Participants & Prof Mark Beattie
1100-1200 Talk on publishing a paper Prof Mark Beattie
1200-1330  Lunch Break
1330-1500 Mock Editorial Committee
(Selecting the best paper)
Prof Mark Beattie and coordinators 
1500-1530 Discussion/Conclusion Prof Mark Beattie

Endoscopy Workshop
@ Vista 1, Level 1 (Hilton Kota Kinabalu)

Have you ever been curious and interested in exploring the inner space of the human digestive system? Are you keen to navigate yourself through the gastrointestinal tract via a fibre-optic scope? Have you ever wondered how does a diseased bowel with different pathologies appeared like with our naked eyes? Or are you very interested to pick-up the skills on endoscopic interventions for different GI pathologies such as variceal ligation, foreign body removal, polypectomy, etc.?

Then don’t miss this opportunity!

Come and join this Hands-on Endoscopy Workshop. The purpose is to allow the participants to learn from renowned and experienced gastroenterologist and endoscopist in common paediatric GI pathology.

  • Trainee / practising paediatric gastroenterologist / hepatologist
  • Trainee with special interest in paediatric endoscopy
  • General paediatricians who have special interest in paediatric gastroenterology or paediatric endoscopy
Number of participants: 25
Professor Katsuhiro AraiProfessor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Director and Head of Division of Gastroenterology, National Centre for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan

Professor Katsuhiro Arai is a senior Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, also the Director and Head of Division of Gastroenterology for The National Centre for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan. Professor Arai has tremendous experience as a trainer for paediatric endoscopy. He has travelled extensively in the Asia-Pacific region to provide training courses. He also published very widely in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease.


Dr Alvin Khoh Kim MunConsultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Department of Paediatrics, Gleaneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Dr Alvin Khoh Kim Mun is a senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist practising at Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu. He is also the visiting gastroenterologist at Women and Children’s Hospital of Likas, Sabah. He has very extensive experience in interventional paediatric endoscopy.


Assoc Prof Dr Ng Ruey TerngConsultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof Dr Ng Ruey Terng is a Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist practising at University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. He is one of the trainer for paediatric endoscopy in the country.


Also featuring:

Dr Itaru Iwama
Dr Shin-Ichiro Hagiwara
Dr Yoshiko Nakayama
Dr Andy Darma
Dr Pei Fan Chai
Dr Nazrul Neezam
Dr Hee Wei Foo
  • Paediatric endoscopy
  • Mini lectures
  • Hands-on endoscopy session
  • Interactive discussion
Time Programme Speaker
0800-0830 Registration  
0830-0835 Welcome address by Workshop Chair Prof Katsuhiro Arai
0835-0855 Lecture 1 (Tips for OGDS- including simple foreign body removal) Dr Andy Dharma
0855-0915 Lecture 2 (Tips for Colonoscopy) Dr Shin-Ichiro Hagiwara
0915-0935 Lecture 3 (Sedation and monitoring for endoscopy) Prof Nakayama Yoshiko
0935-0945 Tea break  
0945-1005 Lecture 4 (Typical OGDS findings for paediatric GI disease) Dr Iwama Itaru
1005-1025 Lecture 5 (Typical colonoscopy findings for paediatric GI disease) Prof Katsuhiro Arai
1025-1035 Tea break  
1035-1300 Hands-on session 1  
1300-1400 Lunch break  
1400-1500 Hands-on session 2  
1500-1530 Quiz and summing up  

Hepatobiliary and IBD Histopathology Workshop
Event 2 & 3, Level 2 (Hilton Kota Kinabalu)

Ever experience reading the histopathology report of a neonate with cholestasis and wondering how to make sense of it? Ever worried about making an accurate pathological diagnosis in children with paediatric inflammatory bowel disease which is essential to the optimal management? What questions to ask our histopathology colleagues during histopathology sessions?

Then don’t worry!

Come and attend this Histopathology Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to allow the participants to learn from renowned histopathologists in paediatric liver and IBD pathology

  • Trainee / practising paediatric gastroenterologist / hepatologist
  • Histopathologist or trainee with special interest in histopathology of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease and paediatric liver pathology
Number of participants: 50
Professor Aileen WeeProfessor of Pathology and Emeritus Consultant, Department of Pathology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, National University Hospital, Singapore

Professor Aileen Wee, Professor of Pathology and Emeritus Consultant Pathologist from National University of Singapore, is an international renowned hepatobiliary histopathologist. She has travelled extensively in the Asia-Pacific region to conduct cytopathology and hepatobiliary histopathology workshops.


Dr Nik Raihan Nik MustaphaPreviously a Consultant Histopathologist, at the Department of Pathology, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, Malaysia

Dr Nik Raihan Nik Mustapha was a senior consultant histopathologist at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Kedah, Malaysia prior to her recent career break. She has special interest in liver and gastrointestinal pathology and has delivered many lectures on inflammatory bowel disease. She had also recently produced an IBD histopathology reporting guide for national use.


Dr Pavitratha PuspanathanConsultant Histopathologist, Department of Pathology, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, Malaysia

Dr Pavitratha Puspanathan is an Anatomic Pathologist from Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Kedah, Malaysia. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology. She recently completed her subspeciality training at The Royal Free Hospital London.


Dr Ahmad Toha Samsudin Consultant Pathologist and Head of Pathology Department
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu

Dr Ahmad Toha's 15 years extensive experience in diagnostics services has brought him to further enhance his skills in hematopathology and lymphoreticular pathology. He also receives referral cases from all over government and private hospitals in Malaysia as well as research institutions.

  • Paediatric liver and inflammatory bowel disease histopathology
  • Mini lectures
  • Educational case presentation
  • Interactive discussion
Time Programme Speaker
0800-0810 Welcome remarks Organiser
0810-0910 Clinicopathological approach to liver biopsy interpretation - How to make sense of a histopathology report (60 min inclusive of 5 min Q&A) 5 min break Professor Aileen Wee
0915-0945 Pediatric NAFLD / NASH and liver fibrosis - Updates on histological criteria and assessment of liver fibrosis (30 min inclusive of 5 min Q&A) Professor Aileen Wee
0945-1015 Liver transplantation - Problem-oriented approach with tips to common clinical issues (30 min inclusive of 5 min Q&A) Professor Aileen Wee
1015-1030 Coffee break  
1030-1115 Case studies (45 min) - A variety of cases with learning issues will be presented for discussion. Professor Aileen Wee
1115-1200 Pediatric IBD: Dissecting the histology (45 min) Dr Nik Raihan Nik Mustapha
1200-1245 Case presentation (45 min) Dr Nik Raihan Nik Mustapha/ Dr Pavitratha Puspanathan
1245-1345 Lunch Break  
1345-1430 If it’s not IBD, what could it be? (45 min)
- Discussion on clinicopathologic differentials for pediatric IBD
Dr Pavitratha Puspanathan
1430-1500 Case presentation (30 min) Dr Nik Raihan Nik Mustapha/
Dr Pavitratha Puspanathan

Nutrition & Growth Workshop
Ballroom 1, Level 2 (Hilton Kota Kinabalu)

  • Trainee / practising paediatric gastroenterologist / hepatologist
  • General paediatrician with interest in growth and nutrition in children
  • Dieticians / nutritionist
Number of participants: 150
Course Director:
Associate Professor Marion AwSenior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore

Associate Professor Marion Aw is currently Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children’s Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Singapore. Her research interest includes childhood nutrition, paediatric inflammatory bowel disease and liver transplantation.


International Invited Speakers:
Professor Robert MurrayProfessor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Ohio State University College of Medicine Columbus, Ohio

Professor Robert Murray spent over 20 years in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Ohio State University School of Medicine. Most recently he has been appointed as Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Ohio State University College of Medicine Columbus, Ohio. He is the President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has spoken widely on early life nutrition.


International Invited Speakers:
Professor Sanja Kolacek Professor and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Sanja Kolachek is Professor and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. She is also the current President of European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Her research interest includes celiac disease and children with special nutritional needs.


Also featuring:

Prof Dr Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin
Prof Firdaus Mokhtar
Cik Siti Hawa Mohd Taib
Dr Chong Sze Yee
Dr Cheang Hon Kit
Dr Michelle Tan
Dr Gillian Greville Harris
Time Programme Speaker
0800-0820 Registration  
0820-0830 Welcome and Opening Marion Aw
0830-0900 Impact of Early Life Nutrition on Future Health Prof Robert Murray
0900-0920 Breast Feeding & Oromotor Development Assoc Prof Marion Aw
0920-1000 Dealing with Common Feeding Issues in Infants and Children (Cases to illustrate)
Promoting Positive Eating Behaviours
Dr Cheang Hon Kit
1000-1030 Nutrition and Growth: Monitoring growth and when to intervene Prof Robert Murray
1030-1100 Break
1100-1300 Nutrition in Special Populations  
(1) Eating and Nutritional Issues in Adolescents Dr Michelle Tan
(2) Feeding the child on the spectrum Prof Firdaus Mokhtar
(3) The child with food allergies Dr Chong Sze Yee
(4) Children with picky eating – to supplement or not to supplement? Cik Siti Hawa
1300 -1400 Lunch
1400-1440 Understanding and Managing Parenting styles and its role in feeding disorders (Case Studies) Dr Gillian Greville Harris
1440-1520 Principles of Nutritional Support in Sick Children (cases studies)
Role of Nutrition support in critically ill or hospitalized child
Prof Sanja Kolacek
1520 -1540 Coffee Break
1540-1620 Nutritional Interventions to prevent & manage obesity – (Cases studies)
Prof Yazid
Cik Siti Hawa
1620 Closing Remarks
1630 End

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For further assistance at workshop venue, our secretariat is available at Secretariat Room: VIP 2, Level 2 (Hilton Kota Kinabalu)