9 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS OCTOBER 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Gastro 2015 to Showcase the Latest Advances More than 3,000 clinicians, research-ers, academics and other health professionals from around the world are expected to gather in Queensland, Australia from 29 September to 2 October 2015 for Gastro 2015, an AGW-WGO International Congress. “Gastro 2015 is the beginning of a new era for the World Gastro-enterology Organisation (WGO), with the introduction of two yearly meetings. Partnerships will be formed throughout the world with national organisations to co-host these events, starting in Australia in conjunction with the well-established Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW),” said WGO President Professor Jim Toouli. “We believe these forums will provide unique opportunities for important collaborations.” Gastro 2015 will deliver a com-prehensive overview of the latest information, insights and practices in gastroenterology and hepatol-ogy over five days of scientific and educational sessions. The program will include workshops, seven streams of post graduate courses, state of the art lectures, clinical updates, poster ses-sions and an update from the WGO Training Centers. “Many local and overseas experts will come together, providing oppor-tunities to learn the best in science, clinical practice and see demonstra-tions of the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques,” said Associate Professor Don Cameron, President, Gastroenterological Society of Austra-lia. ”For example, genetics, metabo-lomics and proteomics are emerging issues in gastroenterology, and we will explore new research in these areas.” “Another of the biggest problems in gastroenterology today are the diarrhoeal diseases. Gastro 2015 will create an ideal opportunity to bring together world leaders from both the developing and the developed world to address these issues,” said Jim. “The program promises a wide range of topics to interest practitioner and student alike.” The event will be held in Brisbane, which promises sunshine, beaches and hospitality. “Brisbane is the vibrant capital of Queensland, which is Australia’s sunshine state. It offers a relaxed, welcoming environment,” said Don. “On behalf of the organising commit-tee, we look forward to welcoming delegates and showing them good Australian hospitality.” Visitors to Brisbane can immerse themselves in a cosmopolitan city with a friendly attitude, superb weather (average October daily maxi-mum 25°C or 77°F) and an excep-tional natural environment. Delegates will be able to enjoy world-class art galleries, a wide variety of wining and dining, or pursue a variety of outdoor activities. They can explore more than 1,800 parks and reserves, pedal 500 kilometres of bikeways or paddle a kayak along the river between, amidst the skyscrapers. Other participating organisations in this meeting include the Austral-asian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; Australian Pancreatic Club; Society of International Gastroen-terological Nurses and Endoscopy Associates; and the Gastroenterologi-cal Nurses College of Australia. Sponsor and exhibition bookings for Gastro 2015 are now open, while Early Bird Registrations will com-mence in late November 2014. TO LEARN MORE, go to www.gastro2015.com.
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