Welcome Message from the Congress Co-chairs | Welcome Message from IPOS President
Welcome Message from the Director, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
Welcome Message from the Congress Co-chairs
Sally Lo, MBE
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are delighted to welcome you to Hong Kong and the 20th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. The School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong is partnering with the Hong Kong Cancer Fund to host this World Congress which will be a very special meeting for a number of reasons. The second IPOS World Congress was held in Kobe, Japan 24 years ago in 1994, and this is the first time since that the IPOS World Congress returns to Asia. A lot has changed over the last quarter century and Asia is now one of the leading economic and tourist destinations in the world. IPOS will be 26 years old, so the 20th World Congress is something to celebrate. This meeting is also especially significant because 2018 will see the 90th birthday of Professor Jimmie Holland, the founder of IPOS and “Mother” of psycho-oncology. We hope you will join us in Hong Kong to celebrate these important milestones and anniversaries.
Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and the 20th World Congress will showcase the best cutting edge work in psycho-oncology. With a conference theme of “Optimizing psychosocial supportive services in cancer care” and psychosocial academy workshops addressing timely issues in research and practice, the upcoming World Congress represents a huge opportunity for practitioners and researchers in the region to share their experiences, work and research with psycho-oncology practitioners from across the globe. In addition to this great learning and networking opportunity, we are focused on the ultimate purpose of this work: to improve the lives of people facing cancer around the world.
So please come to Hong Kong for what we promise will be an unforgettable experience. We encourage you to bring your families who will also have a wonderful time enjoying the city. We look forward to seeing you all in October, 2018!