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Dear KASID Members,

I am greatly honored to be appointed as the 10th President of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID). With your enthusiastic participation and the efforts of previous executive members, KASID has elevated itself into the most excellent medical society and has received high recognition. Next year, KASID is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary. I think that the next two years will constitute an opportune time to reflect on the past 20 years and prepare for a new leap forward. In this important period, we will focus on the following five key objectives to develop KASID during my term.

First, we will lay the foundation for the society in the untact era. The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes both a crisis and an opportunity. KASID will assume a leading position to prepare for the untact era. 1) We will hold stable hybrid conferences and academic workshops. 2) Online international expert exchanges will be fostered. 3) Online lectures will be reinforced to provide optimal educational content for our members. 4) Online communication is expected to be enhanced using platforms such as YouTube and patient apps. These are new tools of this new era, requiring ideas and brainstorming. Thus, your suggestions are increasingly critical.

Second, we will steadily prepare for and successfully hold the IMKASID International Conference in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of KASID in BEXCO, Busan (May 13-14) next year. By taking over the successful AOCC preparations of the 9th executive team, we will develop it into a representative international conference in Asia. Additionally, several projects will be planned and executed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of KASID.

Third, regarding research activation, we will become established as a globally well-recognized medical society through creative research activities, which is the foremost vision of KASID. To this end, high-level basic and clinical studies should be supported, such as multi-center studies or joint studies with basic science societies or industries. A research committee has been newly established, and the research fund is to be directly managed by the society. With this research fund management system, funds will be appropriately and efficiently managed.

Fourth, we will work toward achieving the SCI(E) registration of Intestinal Research, our journal. The journal has already reached a high standard in terms of internationalization and the level of theses in SCI(E) journals. However, it is yet to be listed in SCI(E). We are striving hard to register our journal into SCI(E) during this term. To obtain visible results, the Intestinal Research TF will be organized under the direct influence of the president.

Fifth, we will create and operate a guideline committee to present clinical practice guidelines for intestinal diseases and foster quality care, which is the second vision of the society. Through this committee, KASID will share the best and most accurate medical information with members and the Korean population.

Over the next two years, the executives and committee members, including myself, will dedicate ourselves to achieving the aforementioned objectives. We sincerely ask for your active participation, continued interest, and support.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Seung-Jae Myung, MD, PhD.
President of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases