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Our Objectives

Asian NBI Group (ANBIG) is an academic interest group, established as a NGO in Hong Kong in February 2014. It consists of world-class Healthcare Professionals (HCP) in Asia, with the objectives to:

  • Promote training and education of early gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis and therapy in the Asia Pacific region;
  • Develop strategies and action plans for the professional development of endoscopists in the Asia Pacific region; and
  • Work with any society, association or person for the purpose of furthering the education effort of the society.

The purpose and objects of the Society shall be achieved through:

  1. Train the Trainers (“TTT”) programmes at the Regional Training Centre.
  2. Train the Beginners workshops by Regional HCPs in their local country.
  3. Development of strategies, and action plans on educational activities, and sharing of such information at the ANBIG meeting.
Our Core Activities

In achieving the educational objectives of the societies, the society took a 2-prong approach in training beginners through local workshops and equip experienced endoscopists to train local beginners through the Train-the-Trainers programme.

Local Workshops

The Local workshops are organised by local societies or institutions and supported by ANBIG HCPs to train beginners in early cancer detection and management. ANBIG will assess the learning gap of the local country and work with the local organisers on the programme to address the needs. ANBIG will also provide faculty for the workshop from its pool of regional HCPs who could best meet the learning objectives of workshops.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

For countries with some experience in NBI, to better train the beginners in the local country, ANBIG took the approach to train the local endoscopists on more advanced skills and to prepare them to be a trainer in their own country through the Train-the-Trainer Workshops (TTT).

There are currently 2 different TTT centres, namely the Regional Centres for TTT and Local Centres for TTT. Regional Centres for TTT organise workshops for regional trainers who otherwise do not have the necessary facilities or expertise in their local centres to move them up the skill level. The Local Centres for TTT organise workshops for their local doctors, training them to be trainers in their own institutions.

Through the 2-prong approach, ANBIG hopes to increase the pool of NBI practitioners and trainers in Asia, and thereby, enhance and improve the early GI cancer detection and management.

Our Partners

Though ANBIG is not affiliated to any professional society, it seeks to work with any societies or organisations to further the educational effort of the society. This include running TTT programme with regional NBI societies or clubs such as NBI Clubs in China, NBI Club in India, GEST NBI Working Group in Thailand.

ANBIG also collaborates with regional groups to organise pre- or post-conference NBI Workshops at their regional or local meetings. Conferences or meetings it collaborated with include Gastroenterology Summit Thailand in Thailand, IEE Forum in Korea, International Digestive Disease Forum and International Workshop on Therapeutic Endoscopy, both in Hong Kong.

To ensure the currency and relevance of the academic knowledge of the society, ANBIG will consider adopting relevant information in classification, standardization and protocols of early GI Cancer detection and management from various global or advanced local HCP group. These groups include, but not limited to, Colon Tumor NBI Interest Group (CTNIG), Barrett’s Interest Group (BIG), New Frontiers Endoscopy Forum (NFEF) and Australian & New Zealand Endoscopy Leaders Forum (ANZELF).

Our Organisational Structure

ANBIG is managed by the Board of Directors supported by the Steering Committee in consultation with the Advisory board. The educational activities are supported by Regional and Local HCPs forming the faculty for each workshops.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Chairperson:
Prof Philip CHIU, Hong Kong
Vice Chairperson:
Prof Yasushi SANO, Japan
Hon. Treasurer:
Prof James LAU, Hong Kong
Hon. Secretary:
Prof Enders NG, Hong Kong
Steering Committee
Chairperson:
Prof Philip CHIU, Hong Kong
Members:
Dr Rupa BANERJEE, India
Prof James LAU, Hong Kong
Prof Yasushi SANO, Japan
A/Prof Rajvinder SINGH, Australia
Prof Roy SOETIKNO, USA
Prof Noriya UEDO, Japan
Advisory Board Members:
Advisors:
Prof Takahiro FUJIMORI, Japan
A/Prof Mitsuhiro FUJISHIRO, Japan
A/Prof David HEWETT, Australia
Prof Lawrence HO, Singapore
Prof Haruhiro INOUE, Japan
Prof Joseph SUNG, Hong Kong
Prof Shinji TANAKA, Japan
Prof Kenshi YAO, Japan
Sub-Committee for Training Material
Leader:
Prof Noriya UEDO, Japan
Members:
Dr Rupa BANARJEE, India
Dr Han-Mo CHIU, Taiwan
A/Prof David HEWETT, Australia
Dr Xiaobo LI, China
Prof Enders NG, Hong Kong
Sub-Committee for Training Model
Leader:
Prof Yasushi SANO
Members:
Dr Naresh BHAT, India
Dr Kazuhiro GONO, Japan
Dr Supakij KHOMVILAI, Thailand
Dr George HO, Malaysia
Sub-Committee for Training Portal
Leader:
Prof James LAU, Hong Kong
Members:
A/Prof Tiing-Leong ANG, Singapore
Prof Jae-Youbg JANG, Korea
A/Prof Rajvinder SINGH, Australia