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Special President's Letter: Gastro 2015

The most important conference for you to attend in Australia since the World Congress of Gastroenterology in 1990 is nearly upon us.

The first of our two yearly congresses is nearly here! Gastro 2015 will be held from 28 September to 2 October in the subtropical city of Brisbane in my home country of Australia. Gastro 2015, a combined congress between the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) and the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), will showcase the best of gastroenterology, hepatology, and GI surgery. We invite you to come see what we have planned!

The meeting will be exceptional with over 30 international experts complementing local faculty, presenting a program with between six and eight concurrent sessions each day for five days in warm springtime weather at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The convention center and congress hotels are located on the banks of the beautiful Brisbane River in the cultural and entertainment precinct.

The WGO is promoting this Congress as a World Congress and when you see the range and depth of speakers and presentations you will see why.

The program will start on Monday, 28 September with a Postgraduate Day - with six streams of dedicated post graduate training, including endoscopy, IBD, hepatology, neurogastroenterology, pancreatic diseases, and WGO features (including details about Global Guidelines and Cascades, Train the Trainers, and Training Centers) - all of outstanding value.

The second day commences with a plenary session hosted by the Presidents of GESA and WGO, including the annual Bushell Lecture, the WGO Distinguished Lecture by Australia's own Nobel laureate, Professor Barry Marshall, and selected cutting edge talks on topics selected to interest all registrants.

There are then a further three days of updates on the latest information for practicing clinicians and researchers across the full spectrum of topics of interest to all members of the gastroenterology community.

Following each day’s convention activities, there will be many opportunities to sample the sunny weather and warm Brisbane hospitality. For those who have not been to Australia before, it will also be an opportunity to visit some of the iconic Australian sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and Story Bridge.

Please join us for the best GI Congress to be held in Australia for the last four decades!

If you haven’t yet registered for Gastro 2015, don’t delay - register online at

I look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane.


James Toouli
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
President, World Gastroenterology Organisation