Meeting planners have made it easier than ever for attendees to navigate Digestive Disease Week®, which will be held June 2-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, highlights some of the new meeting’s new features.
AASLD’s educational programming at DDW® is designed to provide a broad education on hot liver disease topics for general gastroenterologists, and deeper learning for hepatologists seeking information on the latest research and treatment advances, according to AASLD Secretary Kimberly A. Brown, MD, FAASLD.
Basic science advances continue across the breadth of gastroenterology research, but two areas in particular have seen significant recent advances. Studies of the microbiome and research into cell plasticity are moving from earlier descriptive work to more functional progress, according to Mark R. Frey, PhD, co-chair of the AGA Basic Science Program Committee.
ASGE President Karen L. Woods, MD, FASGE, invites DDW® attendees to this year’s ASGE Presidential Plenary, which will feature coffee and crullers served up with spirited debates on controversial topics, endowed lectures from world-renowned luminaries and the rapid-fire presentation of ASGE’s top-rated abstracts.
When developing programming for DDW® 2018, the SSAT Program Committee aimed to create a broad array of options to meet the demands of society members and DDW attendees of all interests and skill levels, according to SSAT Program Committee Chair Vic Velanovich, MD.
The editors of AASLD’s flagships journals, HEPATOLOGY and Liver Transplantation, have organized a comprehensive update on important advances in chronic liver disease for this year’s Hepatology Update: The Year in Review. David Cohen, MD, PhD, FAASLD, editor in chief of HEPATOLOGY, and Paul Martin, MD, FAASLD, editor in chief of Liver Transplantation, will moderate.
The AGA Postgraduate Course: From Abstract to Reality will provide a concise and comprehensive update on the latest medical, scientific and technological advances in GI over the past 12 months. It’s tailored for attendees who may have limited time in Washington, D.C., according to Course Director Lin Chang, MD, AGAF.
Now in its fifth year, ASGE’s International Program at DDW® 2018 will feature six joint symposia with international organizations representing gastroenterologists from Korea, Mexico, Latin America, India, Japan and Brazil, according to ASGE International Committee Chair Prasad G. Iyer, MD, MS, FASGE.
Haru Inoue, MD, PhD, performed the world’s first peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia 10 years ago, and on Saturday, June 2, he will share his expertise during a SSAT hands-on course at DDW® 2018.