Selamat Datang (Welcome).
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to cordially invite you to attend APCB 2023 (9th Asian Pacific Congress on Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology) from May 26th to 28th at Putrajaya, Malaysia. This biennial congress is organised by the Malaysian Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (MABIP) under the auspices of the Asian Pacific Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (APAB) and the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP).
It will be an in-person congress and will feature both adult and paediatric interventional pulmonology.
The congress was initially planned as a virtual event in October 2021. However, we had to make the bold decision to postpone it due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic globally. As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve in Malaysia and around the world, we felt this was a good time to revert to its original format i.e., physical event.
The theme of the congress is ‘Enhancing The Role Of Interventional Pulmonologists Beyond The Pandemic’. The COVID-19 pandemic had significantly affected interventional pulmonology work globally over the past 2 years and we had limited opportunity to perform interventional procedures in patients who needed them as the focus shifted to the pandemic. It was also a dangerous time for interventional pulmonologists to perform procedures in the airway during the pandemic.
As a result, patient care was compromised as was training in interventional pulmonology. Now that we are entering the endemic phase of COVID-19, it is hoped that we can enhance the role of interventional pulmonologists and continue to educate and train junior pulmonologists. As this is a full physical event, I trust that everyone will be looking forward to the congress where we get a chance to meet up with old friends, make new ones and exchange ideas in a convivial ambience.
The past few decades have seen many innovations in respiratory endoscopy and interventional pulmonology. It is wonderful that many countries in the Asian Pacific region have embraced interventional pulmonology and can offer minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to their patients.
We shall be inviting many experts from the Asia Pacific region to share their expertise and latest procedures/technologies with the delegates. Certain conditions are more common in Asia such as airway stenosis secondary to TB and pleural TB that requires interventional pulmonology and therefore, this congress is a good platform to learn from the experts through lectures and case-based discussion. The Scientific Committee will do their best to put forward an exciting program which will include didactic lectures, case-based discussion, hands-on workshops, oral and poster presentations as well as video festival.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. Putrajaya is the administrative capital and the judicial capital of Malaysia. while Kuala Lumpur or KL is Malaysia's national capital city. As a planned city, Putrajaya boasts many attractions while KL is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers including the iconic 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers and KL tower.
Welcome to the 9th APCB.
We look forward to seeing you in person.
Jamalul Azizi Abdul Rahaman, MD
Congress President of 9th APCB 2023