The 2021 NZSG Annual Scientific Meeting was held 17th-19th November with the theme “Reboot, Relaunch, Restart”.

By NZ Gastro Office | Posted: Monday February 7, 2022

The NZSG Annual Scientific Meeting was held on 17th-19th November 2021. Planning for the meeting began over a year prior. We were excited to welcome the NZSG community back to Christchurch after more than a decade and many major events in Christchurch, including the earthquakes and rebuilds. Our theme for the conference was “Reboot, Relaunch, Restart”. We had many special events planned for the conference, including a special Boat Race on the Avon, the first Women in Gastroenterology luncheon, and of course, the conference dinner at the Air Force Museum for a bit of Rock’n’Roll.

However, the COVID pandemic had other plans, and we had to change the conference to a hybrid/virtual event in October. Despite the last minute change, we were overwhelmed with support from the NZSG community, speakers, and sponsors. We had a total of 348 registrations.

Early on, we were able to secure many international guest speakers for virtual presentations. And we were thankful for their time (including crossing time zones) and for sharing their knowledge and experience. We also had many enthusiastic local presenters and non-NZSG guest speakers.

In total, there were 22 oral abstracts and 90 posters presented at the conference, including 8 Young Investigator Award finalists, and 6 Posters of Excellence. Thanks to Dr Kamran Rostami, all the abstracts are now published in a supplement issue of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Bench to Bed (

Dr David Rowbotham kindly hosted a Gastro Virtual Fun Quiz Night in place of the usual conference dinner. It was a fun evening and great to see some of the old conference dinner costumes making an appearance again.

The conference concluded with the award ceremony with the following medical awards:

  • Young Investigator Award Runner Up – Jessica Permain
  • Young Investigator Award Runner Up – Zahra Aghababaie
  • Young Investigator Award Winner – Dr Akhilesh Swaminathan
  • NZSG Janssen Research Fellowship – Dr Akhilesh Swaminathan
  • Best Gastroenterology Trainee Mentor – Dr Frank Weilert

Special thanks to Emma Prattley from Conference Innovators and Multi Media for their time and support and for ensuring a smooth virtual experience.

We would like to thank all the invited speakers, oral abstract and poster presenters, chairs, judges, attendees, and sponsors for making the conference a success. We hope to see you all in person soon!

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou!
Dr Heidi Su & Dr Jeffrey Ngu
On behalf of the Christchurch Conference Organising Committee

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