MESSAGE FROM ASEA PRESIDENT
Dear friends, colleagues, and distinguished delegates,
It gives me the privilege and great honor in this capacity to welcome you to the 8th Asian Congress on Endometriosis (ACE 2019) hosted by Thai Society of Gynaecologic Endoscopist (TSGE)!
In Asia, endometriosis (and adenomyosis) is a life-long disease for a great percentage of affected women, which severely reduces the life qualify and economic productivity. It is also a heavy financial burden for patients and the healthcare system. Unfortunately, there is no cure for endometriosis so far. This is because endometriosis is a multifactorial disease that involves gene-gene, gene-environment, and physio-psychosocial interactions. Until now, the etiology of endometriosis remains largely uncharacterized. Therefore, more efforts in delineating the disease pathophysiology are needed in order to develop more efficacious therapeutic regimens.
The Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis (ASEA) was formally established in 2012 and quickly becomes one of the most well recognized societies globally. The ultimate goal of ASEA is to find the unmet medical needs for endometriosis and adenomyosis. To achieve this goal, scientists, physicians, healthcare providers, and even affected individuals need to work together to dig out the hidden facts of this disease. The establishment of ASEA provides an international platform for researchers/physicians in all areas of Asian countries to exchange their medical experience, to foster their surgical techniques, and to advance their scientific knowledge via the annual congress and bilateral visiting.
The theme of ACE 2019 is “Endometriosis and uterine diseases: From basic science to medication and surgery”, which highlights the core value of ASEA. During the meeting, researchers, basic and clinical, as well as medical doctors will share their novel findings and first-hand experience to every attendee. Through the sharing, discussion, and even debating, shall we gain more knowledge in understanding these diseases and prepare us to face the challenge in making endometriosis history.
I sincerely thank the organizing committee to make everything possible to ensure this year’s ASEA annual congress a successful one. Pattaya is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I hope every one of you will enjoy not only the scientific feast provided by the congress but also the colorful culture and delicious foods of Thailand.
S. J. Sean Tsai