UAA 2019 wraps up on a successful note
The 17th Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA 2019) took place from 7 to 10 August. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference saw participation from healthcare practitioners involved in urological care from around the world.
Dato’ Dr Rohan Malek, chairman of the UAA 2019 organizing committee, said the congress received close to 1,700 attendees. Of this number, more than 1,000 were foreign participants. He described the participation as “better than expected.”
Rohan said everything went according to plan. “There were some minor audio-video hiccups here and there but on the whole, everything went smoothly. The opening ceremony, plenary lectures, and social events were well attended. We had several complimentary feedbacks from our overseas delegates and speakers, who were pleasantly surprised with the depth of the scientific programme and efficiency of the organization.”
The key takeaway garnered from the conference was emphasis on the unity amongst Asian urologists. This encompasses better collaboration, sharing of knowledge and expertise; and reaching out to the less developed countries. Additionally, the conference served to update the fraternity with the latest knowledge and technological advancements.
The congress’ deputy chairman, Dato’ Dr Selvalingam Sothilingam, said he hopes for the congress to serve as a launching pad for increased collaboration among Asian countries, and to increase research coming from Asia in the field of urology. He also hoped the congress will encourage increased utilization of robot-assisted surgery in Asia.
In parting, Rohan hopes the participants gained useful knowledge and practices that will improve urological care in Asia. He said: “[We hope the participants] enjoyed our warm hospitality and hope they cherished the time spent here in Kuala Lumpur.”
The next UAA will take place in Seoul, South Korea in October 2020.