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24. 02. 2019      IFSO-EC Scholarship Guidelines 2019 posted at the website
12. 02. 2019   An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME for CME accreditation of this event
07. 02. 2019   Please note the notifications about abstract acceptance/rejection will be sent out within first week in March, 2019.
Presenting authors of accepted abstracts will be guaranteed the early registration fee.
17. 01. 2019   Preliminary version of the Programme at a Glance has been released



Welcome Messages

A warm welcome to all participants to our NON-INVA meeting and 2nd IFSO-EC Symposium in Lyon. Some of you remember the second IFSO-EC meeting we had in Lyon in 2006, others the regular NON INVA meeting, that we host for 8 years, and has also been combined with Karl Miller's Expert Meeting (formerly in Saalfelden, Austria).

As carried out a regular basis, the core of the meeting will still be the “NON INVA spirit”, i.e. new technologies in general (but pertaining to obesity one way or another), and more specifically the endoscopic bariatric techniques (EBTs).

The alternative part of the meeting will deal with “controversies”.

“State of the art”, consensus, or panel discussions regarding “how one should do or not do a given procedure”, etc., are dealt with during the IFSO world meeting in Madrid later this year, and we will not repeat that.

Lyon has a tradition of friendly and casual interactions for a very long time, having played this role since the Roman times, later on during the Renaissance between France and Italy mostly, and above all it is the world capital of gastronomy, more than you need to enjoy your stay here! So go on a strict diet 2 weeks before the meeting... and start again immediately after, you will not be disappointed.

Jérôme Dargent
IFSO-EC 2019 Symposium President



It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate actively in the 2nd IFSO-EC Symposium, taking place in Lyon, May 2nd to 4th 2019.

This IFSO EC symposium will be held on top of the existing, very successful, NON-INVA meeting, organized by Jerome Dargent.

Therefore, one main topic will be new technologies, further minimization of the surgical access and advanced endoscopic procedures.

Our scientific committee, run by Rachel Batterham and Ralph Peterli, is working on a vibrant program including “controversies” and “optimizing outcome after bariatric/metabolic surgery”. It is planned to deal with some of the “hottest topics” in bariatric surgery in an Oxford style discussion manner. Touchy subjects like “revisional procedures for weight regain” and “bariatric/metabolic surgery in patients with low BMI” also will be covered.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to participate in a fantastic congress and meet friends in one of the most history-charged and beautiful cities of Europe!

Gerhard Prager
IFSO European Chapter President


Important dates

October 15, 2018     On-line Registration Form Opens
November 1, 2018   Abstract Submission Opens
January 7, 2019 January 21, 2019   Deadline for Abstract Submission
February 14, 2019   Deadline for Early Bird Registration Fee
February 5 – April 22, 2019   Standard Registration Fee
from April 23, 2019   Late and On-site Registration Fee


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