Detailed Programme

The programme is at Hong Kong Time (UTC +8).

Venue: HKCEC (unless otherwise specified)

4 August 2023 (Friday)




13:30 – 15:00


HKOS Consensus Statement Expert Meeting

15:00 – 17:30

AOASO Council Meeting

Roundtable on Childhood Obesity

18:00 – 20:00

Welcome Reception
DiVino Patio
Shop 11, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

5 August 2023 (Saturday)










09:00 – 09:30

Opening Ceremony


09:30 – 10:30

Plenary Lecture 1
Prof. Leonard Kyoung Kon Kim





Obesity Prevention: From the Clinic to the Broader Community and Beyond

Prof. Louise Baur (Australia)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

11:00 – 12:30

Symposium 1
Treating Obesity

Dr. Kwang Wei Tham,
Dr. Wah Yang

Symposium 2
Basic Science (I) - Adipocytes

Prof. Masamitsu Nakazato

Symposium 3
Complications of Obesity (I) - From the Heart to the Liver and to the Kidneys

Dr. Desmond Yat Hin Yap

Symposium 4
AOASO President: Country Update

Prof. Leonard Kyoung Kon Kim

11:00 – 11:30

Pharmacotherapy in Obesity - Asian Perspective

Dr. Jasper Wen Yuan Lin (Taiwan)

Control and Recruitment of Beige Fat and its Potential Impact on Body Weight

Dr. Yasuo Oguri (Japan)

Remote Monitoring for Cardiac Conditions in Patients with Obesity

Dr. Emmanuel Chun Ka Wong (Hong Kong)

11:30 – 12:00

Accessibility to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Hurdles and Solutions

A/Prof. Asim Shabbir (Singapore)

Coloring White Adipose Tissue to Combat Obesity and its Metabolic Complications

Prof. Aimin Xu (Hong Kong)

Updates in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Loey Lung Yi Mak (Hong Kong)

12:00 – 12:30

Development of Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Surgery in Hong Kong

Dr. Shirley Yuk Wah Liu (Hong Kong)

Manipulating Macrophage Senescence during Obesity and Ageing

A/Prof. Jacques Vincent Behmoaras (Singapore)

Obesity and Chronic Kidney Disease: The Fatty Kidney

Dr. Jack Kit Chung Ng (Hong Kong)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Symposium 1
Sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Lunch Symposium 2
Sponsored by iNova

Lunch Break / Poster Viewing

Clinical Update of GLP-1 RA on Obesity Management

Dr. David CW Lau (Canada)

Controlling Food Cravings in Obesity Management: The Way Forward

Dr. Kevin Tao Kwang Lee (Australia)

14:00 – 15:00

Plenary Lecture 2
Dr. Norman Nor Chan,
Dr. Tsun Miu Tsui




Lower BMI Criteria for Bariatric Surgery? — An Update on IFSO/ASMBS New Guideline on Bariatric Surgery

Prof. Wei-Jei Lee (Taiwan)

15:00 - 16:00

Plenary Lecture 3
Dr. Michele Mae Ann Yuen

Approaches to Individualized Obesity Care

Prof. Lee Kaplan (United States)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

16:30 - 18:00

Symposium 5
Complications of Obesity (II) - Obesity and Diabetes

Dr. Francis Chun Chung Chow,
Dr. Dennis Chin Tou Lam

Symposium 6
Complications of Obesity (III) - The Airways and Obesity

Dr. Terence Chi Chun Tam

Symposium 7
Complication of Obesity (IV) - Bones and Groans in Obesity

Dr. Tsun Miu Tsui

Oral Presentations 1*
Dr. Tellus Man Yuk Ng

Dr. Mia C Fojas
Dr. Kevin Ka Fai Wong


16:30 – 17:00

Weight Management in Context of Diabetes

Prof. Andrea On Yan Luk (Hong Kong)

Sleep Apnea Treatment Beyond Weight Loss

Dr. Lam Bing (Hong Kong)

Obesity Related Knee Problem and the Management

Dr. Kevin Ki Wai Ho (Hong Kong)

17:00 – 17:30

Surgery for Diabesity. What we Know and Don’t Know.

Dr. Kazunori Kasama (Japan)

Obesity and Respiratory Tract Infections

Dr. Jasper Fuk Woo Chan (Hong Kong)

Pitfalls in Anesthesia for Individuals with Obesity

Dr. Cindy Sin Yui Tsui (Hong Kong)

17:30 - 18:00

Diabesity and Osteoporosis

Dr. David Tak Wai Lui (Hong Kong)

When Asthma Meets Obesity

Dr. Herbert Wang Chun Kwok (Hong Kong)



19:00 – 22:00

Conference Dinner
Harbour Cruise

6 August 2023 (Sunday)












09:00 – 10:00

Plenary Lecture 4
Dr. Pik To Cheung,
Prof. Louis Chung Kai Low





Type 2 Diabetes in Youth - What have we Learnt from Clinical Trials?

Prof. Phil Zeitler (United States)

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

10:30 – 12:00

Symposium 8
Paediatric Obesity

Dr. Patrick Ho Yu Chung,
Dr. Lettie Chuk Kwan Leung

Symposium 9
Reviewing Obesity Guidelines and Policies in Asia (Guidance in Obesity Care in Asia)

Dr. Kwang Wei Tham,
Dr. Michele Mae Ann Yuen

Symposium 10
Basic Science (II) - Appetite Control

Prof. Brian Oldfield

Symposium 11
In the World of Food: Systems and Policies Impacting Obesity
Prof. Ismail Noor

Oral Presentations 2#
Chairperson & Judge:
Dr. Terence Chi Chun Tam
Dr. Patick Man Pan Chan

10:30 – 11:00

Paediatric Obesity and Impact of COVID Pandemic on Child Growth and Fitness

Prof. Patrick Ip (Hong Kong)

Should BMI still be Used in the Diagnosis of Obesity

Prof. Juliana Chung Ngor Chan (Hong Kong)

Feeding Regulation by the Stomach-liver Axis via Ghrelin-LEAP2 Interaction in Bariatric Surgery

Prof. Masamitsu Nakazato (Japan)

Food Systems, Dietary Quality and Obesity in Asia

Dr. Rina Agustina (Indonesia)

11:00 – 11:30

Weight Management in Youth with Obesity - Beyond Nagging

Prof. Phil Zeitler (United States)

Consensus on Obesity Care in SE Asia: Updates and Challenges

Dr. Mia C Fojas (Philippines)

Postprandial Sensing of Macro- and Micro-nutrients in Flies and Mice

Prof. Greg Seong Bae Suh (South Korea)

South East Asia Obesogenic Food Environment (SEAOFE) Study: Addressing the Double Burden of Malnutrition through Healthier Retail Food

Dr. Elaine Q Borazon (Taiwan)

11:30 – 12:00

Surgical Treatment in Children with Obesity

Prof. Kenneth Kak Yuen Wong (Hong Kong)

Obesity Guidelines and Policies in Mainland China

Dr. Wah Yang (China)

The Role of Brainstem Catecholaminergic / NPY Neurons in Feeding Regulation

Prof. Cheng Zhan (China)

Updates on Sugar-sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax and Obesity in Asia Oceania

A/Prof. Geeta Appannah (Malaysia)

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch Break / Poster Viewing

Lunch Symposium 3
Sponsored by AstraZeneca

Lunch Symposium 4
Sponsored by Eli Lilly

Lunch Symposium 5
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Lunch Break / Poster Viewing

Diabetes and Fatty Liver in Obesity

Dr. Paul Chi Ho Lee
(Hong Kong)

Weight Bias: Its Clinical Implication and Impact to Patients

Dr. Hai Hua Chuang (Taiwan)

Transforming Diabetes Management: Cardiorenal Protection with SGLT2 Inhibitors

Dr. Wing Sun Chow
(Hong Kong)

13:30 – 14:30

Plenary Lecture 5
Prof. Brian Oldfield




Impacts of Very Low Protein Diets on Body Weight Regulation

Prof. John Speakman (United Kingdom)

14:30 – 16:00

Symposium 12
From the Lens of the Lived Experience and the Treating Physician
Dr. Mia C Fojas
A/Prof. Anthony Goff

Symposium 13
Nutrition and Physical Activity in Obesity

Ms. Sylvia See Way Lam

Symposium 14
Skin and Obesity

Dr. Catherine Pui Ka Sze

 Symposium 15
New Technologies in Obesity
Dr. Wing Sun Chow

Symposium 16
AOASO Rising Star Symposium
Prof. Leonard Kyoung Kon Kim

14:30 – 15:00

Attitudes towards Obesity in Asia-Pac: Lessons from ACTION APAC and IO

Prof. Brian Oldfield (Australia)

Understanding Metabolic Heterogeneity in Precision Nutrition

Prof. Leonie Kaye Heilbronn (Australia)

Aesthetic Medicine Approach in Management of Patients with Obesity - Bridging Health and Aesthetic - Empowering Patients with Obesity

Dr. Pura Ching Shui Cheng (Hong Kong)

Digital Health Intervention for Diabetes

Dr. Kayo Waki (Japan)

15:00 – 15:30

Weight bias and Stigma: The Pervasive Hindrance in Obesity Care?

Dr. Kwang Wei Tham (Singapore)

Tailored Lifestyle Intervention in Overweight Adults - A Quasi Experimental Study

Dr. Chia Wen Lu (Taiwan)

Management of Skin Laxity after Weight Loss

Dr. Gregory Siu Kee Lau (Hong Kong)

CGM in Obesity

Dr. Banshi Saboo (India)

15:30 – 16:00


Combating Obesity in the Face of Limited Resources

Prof. Ismail Noor (Malaysia)


Empowering Health through Digital Interventions for Obesity Prevention and Control in Asia Oceania

Dr. Mohd Razif Shahril (Malaysia)

16:00 – 16:30

Closing Ceremony


The programme is subject to change without prior notice.

*Oral Presentation 1:

Abstract Titles


Ab. No. 3 - Synergic Effect of Silkworm Pupae Extract and Regular Exercise on Muscle Strength and Mass in Middle-aged and Older People with Relative Sarcopenia: A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Prof. Sang Yeoup Lee (South Korea)

Ab. No. 9 - Exploring the Relationship Between Obesity and Breast Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Dr. Chih-Yu Hsu (Taiwan)

Ab. No. 15 - Body Mass Index Predicting the Efficacy of SGLT-2 Inhibitors and GLP-1 Receptor Agonists on Adverse Cardiovascular Events: A Meta-analysis Study

Dr. Minji Sohn (South Korea)

Ab. No. 17 - Endothelial Leptin resistance Favors Inflammation through Hindering PD-L1 Expression

Mr. Yiu Ming Cheung (Hong Kong)

Ab. No. 18 - Qualified and Student Healthcare Professionals in Singapore Display Explicit Weight Bias: A Cross-sectional Web-based Survey

Dr. Anthony Goff (Singapore)

Ab. No. 33 - Effectiveness of a 6-month Motivational Team Marathon Program to Improve Physical and Health outcomes in Adolescents with Obesity: A Randomised Controlled Trial.

Dr. Lettie Chuk Kwan Leung (Hong Kong)

#Oral Presentation 2:

Abstract Titles


Ab. No. 21 - Effectiveness of a Novel Artificial Intelligence-assisted Weight Loss App on Improving Eating Behaviors: A Mixed-method Evaluation

Dr. Jocelyn Han Shi Chew (Singapore)

Ab. No. 22 - Public Acceptance in Using Artificial Intelligence-assisted Weight Management Apps in High-Income Southeast Asian Adults with Overweight and Obesity: A Cross-sectional Study

Dr. Jocelyn Han Shi Chew (Singapore)

Abs. No. 24 - Obesity Increases the Serum Exosomal ECM1 Protein Level that Enhances Breast Cancer Development Under Obesity Conditions

Dr. Anna Hiu-Yee Kwan (Hong Kong)

Ab. No. 38 - Consumer Experience of the Retail Food Environment in the Philippines

Ms. Ma. Rica Sidney Magracia (Philippines)

Ab. No. 39 - Positive Outlier Strategies on Sustaining Healthy Lifestyle Changes after an Online Weight Intervention Programme for Childhood Obesity

Ms. Adelia Jostanto (Singapore)

Ab. No. 63 - Real-world Efficacy and Safety of Naltrexone-bupropion Therapy in Chinese Patients with Obesity: A Single-centre Experience

Dr. Kimberly Hang Tsoi (Hong Kong)