On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all colleagues from Asia and the world. It is our honor to organize the 7th Conference of Asian Society of Head and Neck Oncology (ASHNO) from 3rd to 5th of June 2021 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Following the great success of 6th Congress in Seoul, Korea, our team has a monumental task to perform to equal if not to do better. This Congress will be held in conjunction with the 13th Malaysian International Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ORL – HNS) Congress and the 41st Annual General Meeting of Malaysian ORL-HNS Society.
We are pleased to organize the conference with the Malaysian Oncological Society and the Malaysian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This is the first time these three societies are collaborating jointly in organizing an international conference. We strongly believe in a holistic approach in managing patients with head and neck tumors. Hence, we hope this conference will increase our multidisciplinary teamwork in managing these patients.
The theme of the conference is “Bridging the Gap”. We have realized that there is still a gap between the developed, developing and the under-developed countries in managing head and neck tumors. Therefore, the programme is made to cater to the needs for all in Asia. There will be a wide array of topics which will range from the latest in technology, medications to the basic needs required in treating head and neck tumors in the respective nations.
In terms of scientific programme, we will provide a platform for young doctors to present their work during pre-congress young doctor’s symposium. Top three presentations will be invited to present in the main symposium. There is also oral and electronic posters presentations during the conference.
The symposia will witness lectures by world renowned speakers as well as regional and local experts. This involves head and neck surgeons, oncologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, radiologists, psychiatrist and many other experts dealing with head and neck cancer. Other pre-congress programmes will include the Microvascular Laboratory Workshop and Post Laryngectomy Rehabilitation Workshop.
The renowned Shangri-La Hotel which is the conference venue is located in the heart of vibrant Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with good access to public transport. There are several shopping malls and various attractions in close vicinity. It is also within a walking distance to the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, still the tallest twin towers in the world! There are also various hotel accommodation, ranging from two to five stars, within walking distance to the conference venue.
When in Kuala Lumpur, one must take the opportunity to taste the local delicacies. We have a melting potpourri of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arab, Western, Japanese, Korean and many others. You name it, we have it!
We hope this conference will benefit the participants. There is a great commitment from the Organizing Committee, support from the Malaysian Society of ORL-HNS, the Malaysian Oncological Society and Malaysian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
I am looking forward to welcome everyone to this conference.
Professor Dr Mohd Razif Mohamad Yunus
President Elect Asia Society of Head and Neck Oncology
President Elect Malaysia Society of Otorhinolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon / Chapter of ORL Academy of Medicine.