Almost 1,500 leading Vietnamese and foreign specialists from 36 nations and territories will attend the 10 th meeting of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA 2010 Vietnam ) scheduled to be held in Hanoi from Nov. 24-27.

ELSA Vice President and Secretary General Asso. Prof. Tran Binh Giang said that the participants will introduce the latest applications of endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques , including robotic, thoracic and bariatric surgery as well as gastric and pancreatic resection.

ELSA holds an annual conference in rotation with member countries. The Vietnam Association of Endolaparoscopic Surgeons (VAES) was set up in Hanoi in 2006 with more than 800 endoscopic experts in gastroenterology, thorax, urology, gynaecology and paediatrics. VAES will host its third congress in conjunction with ELSA 2010./.