As we move closer towards DDW® 2015, now is a great time to reflect upon how new technologies introduced at DDW that have had a major influence on the GI field. Take for instance the innovative vibrating capsule introduced at DDW 2014. This particular invention is an oral capsule that travels through the digestive tract and assists in the treatment of constipation. Since being presented at DDW, the vibrating capsule has been rolled out to patients across the country as part of a new clinical trial to test the product’s efficacy.

What new innovations will surface at DDW 2015? Be sure to check out the below sessions and abstracts geared towards technology — you will not want to miss innovation at its prime. View high-level session details here, and use MyDDW to review the full DDW 2015 program, search all 400 sessions and 4,400 posters, and create your own customized itinerary.

The Brave New World of Biotechnology: How It Is Affecting the Approach to the Identification and Management of Hereditary GI Cancers
Tuesday, May 19, 8-9:30 a.m.

Hepatology Update: The Year in Review
Saturday, May 16, 2-5 p.m. (ticket required)


Digital Health for the Gastroenterologist: What You Need to Know About Apps, Wearable Sensors and EHRs
Saturday, May 16, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (part of the AGA Spring Postgraduate Course; ticket required)

New Generation Sequencing — Opportunities for Research and Practice
Saturday, May 16, 2-3:30 p.m.

Practical Guidelines for the Physician Innovator
Monday, May 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Novel Imaging and Experimental Endoscopy
Tuesday, May 19, 8-9:30 a.m.

Instagram: Implications for Advancing ERCP Techniques and Technology
Sunday, May 17, 2-3:30 p.m.

The Future of Advanced Endoscopic Imaging Techniques
Monday, May 18, 8-9:30 a.m.

Meaningful New Technologies: Illuminating the Roadmap to the Future of Endoscopy
Monday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Capsule Endoscopy
Tuesday, May 19, 11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.

Continuing Education Committee Panel: Advances in Endoscopic Surgical Interventions
Monday, May 18, 2–3:30 p.m.

Noteworthy Technology Abstracts

  • Sa1365: Successful Implantation of a Tissue Engineered Gut (TEG) using Human Smooth Muscle and Human Enteric Neural Progenitor Cell: Poster presented Saturday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sa1420: A Randomized Control Study of Audio versus Visual Distraction to Reduce Patient Discomfort During Colonoscopy: Poster presented Saturday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 353: Bio-Artificial Intestine: A Functional Study in Rats: Presented on Sunday, May 17, from 10:15-11 a.m. during the SSAT Presidential Plenary II
  • 446: High Definition White Light Endoscopy (HDWLE) versus High Definition with Chromoendoscopy (HDCE) in the Detection of Dysplasia in Long Standing Ulcerative Colitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial: Presented on Sunday, May 17, from 3:46-3:55 p.m. during the AGA/ASGE Joint Presidential Plenary
  • 625: Development and Evaluation of a 3D-Printed Overtube System Made for Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD): Presented on Monday, May 18, from 11-11:15 a.m. during the ASGE session: Meaningful New Technologies: Illuminating the Roadmap to the Future of Endoscopy.
  • 1054: The First U.S. Experience with Computer Assisted Propofol Sedation: Presented on Tuesday, May 19, from 4:45-5 p.m. during the ASGE session: Endoscopic Innovations and Outcomes

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) offers new and exciting programs and data that cross a variety of disciplines in gastroenterology and hepatology. Based on feedback from the societies, several topics have emerged that attendees might find of interest. A blog post relating to each theme will be posted on Mondays on the DDW Blog. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email when the next article is posted. This is post five of five in the series. Read about current GI controversies (1/5), new treatments (2/5),  policy (3/5) and public health (4/5) also on the blog.