21 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JANUARY 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events WGO President James Toouli and GEST President Jaw-Town Lin at the TDDW Opening Ceremony. tients with acute hepatic flares due to immunosuppression have higher rates of hepatic decompensation and mor-tality and need immediate antiviral therapy. However, flares characteristic of more effective immune clearance are often associated with remission, and observation to evaluate the need for antiviral therapy is advisable, pro-vided there is no danger of decompen-sation. Professor Masashi Mizokami, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Ichikawa, Japan, de-scribed how genome-wide association studies are accelerating transitional research by identifying genetic mark-ers of drug response in patients with CHC, CHB, and related HCC. How GEST Contributes to the Work of WGO At the Opening Ceremony, Professor James Toouli, WGO President, joined Professor Jaw-Town Lin, GEST President, and reminded the audi-ence of the sterling work WGO does in pursuit of its mission to promote digestive health worldwide. This includes Training Centers and Train the Trainers workshops, Guidelines, World Digestive Health Day, and the World Congress of Gastroenterology. “GEST is glad to be recognized as a national WGO affiliate, and welcomes the opportunity to be actively in-volved in international academic and educational endeavors,” said Profes-sor Chun-Jen Liu, GEST Secretary General. In 2015, Taipei will host a WGO Train the Trainers workshop from 13 to 16 April, and the Asian Pacific Digestive Week from 3 to 6 December.
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