The Latin-American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (LASPGHAN) 

The Latin-American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (LASPGHAN) is a Society dedicated to improve the health of children in Latin-America and the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the field of gastrointestinal,   nutritional and hepatic diseases.

 

The main activities are to integrate physicians working in the field, promote education, research and any academic activity that will result in better life conditions. LASPGHAN was founded in 1975 in Sao Paulo, Brazil by the initiative of pediatricians who worked in gastroenterology and nutrition from Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The first board of directors was formed by  Horacio Toccalino,  José Vicente Martins Campos, Ullysses Fagundes Neto, Ricardo Licastro and José Francisco Penna. Now in 2018, our Society includes 23 countries, 21 from Latin-America, Spain and Portugal. The official languages are Spanish and Portuguese.  LASPGHAN represents around 700 million people in the region and is composed by near 600 pediatric gastroenterologists that represent about   50 % of the total number in the 23 countries.

 

During this time, LASPGHAN has offered multiple academic activities, the highlights are 21 official LASPGHAN biannual congresses, one world congress in 2008 in Brazil and Argentina, and countless national and international scientific meetings for research and education. Recently, LASPGHAN initiated a Junior´s School every 2 years and a Fellow’s school every year. Our Society is expanding very rapidly, the scientific productivity grows in both quantity and quality; the number of professional researchers and educators is increasing at the pace of the community needs.

 

The Latin-American pediatric community has heterogeneous needs in public health that includes nutritional, gastrointestinal and hepatic problems. Promotion of collaboration in professional education and research among schools from different countries and from international societies has been a priority. We believe the future belongs to young professionals and our efforts are more towards increasing their participation.

 

The next LASPGHAN biannual congress will occur in November 2019 in Cancun, Mexico. You are more than welcome to attend. 

 

The leadership of LASPGHAN for 2018-2019 is formed by:

 

DR JUAN RIVERA

PRESIDENT

PERU

DR ARMANDO MADRAZO

PAST PRESIDENT

MEXICO

DR REINALDO PIERRE

VICEPRESIDENT

VENEZUELA

DR ALDO MARUY

SECRETARY

PERU

DRA DELFINA CETRARO

TREASURER

PERU