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Dear all

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (KSPGHAN). Since 1998

our mission has been to take responsibility of the children's future by researching and treating digestive and nutritional diseases in children.

Although we had a relatively short history, we successfully held the 11th Congress of Asian Pan-Pacific Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (APPSPGHAN) in 2009. And our official journal--Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (PGHN)--was indexed in PubMed, SCOPUS and eSCI.

Because of the great vision and foresight that the former executive teams had and their ability to unite KSPGHAN with their passion and frontier spirit, we were able to begin a new chapter as we transitioned from explorer to producer across global locations.

During my term as the president of KSPGHAN, I would like to continue the tradition set by our former executive teams. First, I want to further support the research capacity of our junior and the mainstay researchers. Second, I want to promote both a greater international research cooperation and nationwide multicenter study. Through these efforts our aim is to transform our society into an internationally recognized and world-class organization and that PGHN will be indexed in SCIE.

In addition, I would like to create two new programs. The first program will build various in-depth educational programs to help and support young practitioners in the management of the pediatric gastrointestinal disease. And the second program is to develop a Korean-specific Clinical Practice Guideline to give practical help to clinics as well as general hospitals.

The members of KSPGHAN are committed to the children's health and well-being of all our members with trust and mutual respect. In taking over this great tradition, we, KSPGHAN's new 11th executives, will make every endeavor to achieve our society's vision and core values.

Sincerely yours,

2Oct. 27, 2017 Byung-Ho Choe, MD, PhD