Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is always excited to offer scientists the opportunity to submit an abstract because of the important contributions that scientists and their research make to the GI field. One such scientist, Claudia Andl, has shared both her science and her history of abstract submission with us.

An associate professor at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Andl has been attending DDW for the past 10 years and says that it helps to aim the focus of her research studies:

Every year that I attend DDW, I learn so much about state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies in the clinics. As a basic scientist, it helps tremendously to put my research into perspective and aim for studies that will ultimately translate into better diagnostics and treatments. The interactions between scientists and clinicians are invaluable to improve patient care.

Submitting an abstract to DDW 2017 is a great chance to have your work reviewed by your professional peers and experts in the field of GI. The experience of presenting research is described by Dr. Andl as being incredible and an opportunity that can’t be replaced:

Presenting research at DDW and having face-to-face discussions about scientific data and conclusions is incredible. Leaders in the field attend and provide insight not only during their own presentations but also by asking questions in the different scientific sessions. This opportunity cannot be replaced with webinars or institutional seminars. The sheer number and international make-up of attendees make this an event worth going to every year for networking, as well as staying up-to-date in the field. This annual meeting also provides a chance to meet with former colleagues to catch up, with collaborators to discuss existing and new projects, and to enjoy the dynamics created by people with common interest from all over the world.

And her favorite DDW memory is hard to beat.

The first year I attended DDW was the year I received the AGA Research Scholar Award in 2006. It was such an honor to be invited to attend a number of social events including a luncheon during which I sat next to Barry Marshall. Sharing lunch with a Noble Prize Laureate at the beginning of my career was a once in a lifetime experience and very inspiring!

Take it from Associate Professor Claudia Andl and her firsthand experience, attending the first and foremost GI event in the world, especially as a presenter, is a unique experience that can’t be beat. Visit the DDW website for more information on sharing your research or submit an abstract today for a chance to unveil your research.

Dr. Andl has a long-standing interest in epithelial biology and upper-aero-digestive cancers. Her post-doctoral training with Dr. Rustgi at the University of Pennsylvania focused on mechanisms of esophageal squamous cancer cell signaling and invasion. The research program she built since has been supported by the AGA Research Scholar Award and funding from the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK).

After being Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, she recently moved to the University of Central Florida as Associate Professor. Current studies in her laboratory investigate the signaling crosstalk between epithelial cells and their microenvironment and the consequences for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

She serves as reviewer for prestigious journals in the field such as Clinical Cancer Research, Gastroenterology and others. She also is a member of the DDW abstract submission review committee for AGA and a councillor for AGA’s GI Oncology section.