Dear Members of the Asian Organization for Crohn’s & Colitis,

It is a profound honor to deliver this message as representative of the AOCC and address all our members around the world.

I believe the AOCC should incorporate a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary research with a diverse range of IBD expert discussion on intensive subjects and create opportunities for active networking. Also, members should have the chance to branch out to a diversity of activities such as collaborative studies and multiple clinical research. These activities will help the AOCC to emerge as one of the most successful societies in Asia.

I will develop the AOCC’s official ‘Intestinal Research’ into an international journal. For this, the AOCC will focus more of its clinical research to stay on top of the global trends, as well as treatment and prevention of IBD.

Also, I believe training young clinicians and researchers is the most important aspect of developing our society. I encourage you to get to know each other, learn about each other’s national backgrounds and share opinions with each other. I wish you all an enriching experience, both personally and professionally in the AOCC.

The 8th Annual Meeting of the AOCC will be held in Busan, Korea. Under the theme “Gateway to Excellence in IBD Research and Practice,” the detailed disciplines of IBD from the present to the future will be in focus. I’m sure AOCC 2020 will be a timely opportunity for all our members to share the newest improvements in the care of patients with IBD in all its aspects.

Once again, I would like to thank all of our members for entrusting me with this great responsibility as president. I will do my best so that the AOCC continues its trajectory as a representative society in Asia.

I look forward to growing together with you and the AOCC.


 Yoon Tae Jeen
 Korea University College of Medicine