APPES scientific meetings are held 2nd yearly. The first meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1999 in association with the Malaysian Endocrine Society. Three hundred and thirty registrants participated. Plenary speakers included Professors Francis Glorieux, John Parks and Martin Savage.
The 2nd meeting was held in Cairns, Australia in November, 2002 with registration of 260. The plenary speakers included Professors Annette Gruters, Francis de Zegher, Martin Ritzen and Martin Silink.
The 3rd Scientific Meeting was held in Kobe, Japan, in September 2004 in conjunction with the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE). The program included a joint day with JSPE. There were 306 participants for the APPES meeting with a superb scientific program. Plenary speakers included Pofessors Zvi Laron, Martin Silink, Wolfgang Sippel, Peter Clayton, Nelly Mauras and Takashi Kadowaki.
Fellows Education Meetings
Education programs for fellows are organised on an annual basis either in association with the biannual scientific meeting or as independent meetings. The programs include a mixture of interactive and didactic teaching in informal settings. Approximately 35 fellows and 8 faculty have participated at each meeting. APPES has been fortunate to receive educational grants from sponsors for the meetings. The following meetings have been held;
||Fellows Workshop, Genting Highlands, Malaysia
||Molecular Biology Workshop, Hong Kong, China in association with University of Hong Kong Molecular
||Endocrine Trainees Meeting, Shanghai, China
||Fellows Workshop, Palm Cove, Australia
||Paediatric Endocrine Update, Seoul, Korea in association with Serono Symposia International
||Fellows Workshop, Awaji Island, Japan
Opportunities for travel are often limited for young trainees and scientists within the Asia Pacific region. Generous educational grants from sponsors have allowed APPES to award approximately 30 travel scholarships for the annual scientific meetings. In 2001, the joint meeting of the Lawson Wilkins Paediatric Endocrine Society and European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology was held in Montreal, Canada. Travel scholarships enabled thirteen trainees from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines to participate in this exciting meeting. Fifteen travel scholarships were generously provided for the Paediatric Endocrinology Update in Korea.
Four individuals have received scholarships that have enabled them to visit centres of excellence in other countries for short time periods. The recipients from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines have visited centres in USA, Australia and France. This opportunity and experiences gained have been invaluable for further development of paediatric endocrinology in their local centres.
APPES has been fortunate in establishing strong relationships with sponsors who have generously supported our educational objectives. APPES acknowledges with gratitude the direct and in-kind contributions of Novo Nordisk, Pharmacia, Eli Lilly, Serono, Serono Symposia International and Ferring who have been the major sponsors of our meetings and travel scholarships.