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Effective October 1, 2010

ICS signs association management agreement with ISDE

International Conference Services Ltd. (ICS), a conference and association management company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is excited to announce that effective October 1, 2010, ICS will assume general management operations on behalf of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE).

After answering an open request for proposal, ICS emerged as the top competitor against an international collection of PCOs and AMCs. After two formal presentations to the ISDE Executive and a quick rally of contractual negotiations, it was decided that ICS will also assist with the planning and execution of the 14th and 15th World Congress of the ISDE to be held in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Initial goals of the partnership include revisiting the branding and membership strategy for ISDE. Currently, efforts at increasing membership are focused on broadening representation among a variety of specialties interested in esophageal diseases. Notable developments include on-line journal access, young investigator awards, and support services for lay people.

The management partnership with ICS is designed to grow overall membership and financial stability, enabling the ISDE to expand their educational and research opportunities.

The ISDE is committed to representing physicians of all specialties working with diseases of the esophagus and is devoted to involving young physicians in the workings of the society. A new benefit for physicians in training is a substantially reduced entry-level membership fee that includes electronic access to Diseases of the Esophagus, the premier journal devoted to esophageal disorders.

Mark Ferguson, MD, ISDE President said "ICS is proud to be working with an association that shares the core values of ICS, boasts an excellent management team and has an excellent potential for growth."

Mathias Posch, ICS President said: "The ISDE was founded in 1979 by Professor Komei Nakayama in Tokyo in order to contribute to the field of Diseases of the Esophagus internationally, drawing upon the expertise that had been built up in this field both in Japan and in other countries."

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