35 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS SEPTEMBER 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events 36th Advances in Gastroenterology Course in Santiago, Chile Marco Arrese, MD President Chilean Society of Gastroenterology Santiago, Chile The Chilean Society of Gastroenterol-ogy successfully carried out its annual postgraduate course held in San-tiago, Chile on 8-10 July 2015. This activity was the 36th version of the regular “Advances in Gastroenterol-ogy” course that this year changed its format by combining two highlights of the most relevant gastroenterology and hepatology meetings held in the first half of the year, flanking a the-matic course on GI emergencies. Thus, the most relevant content of the Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) 2015 and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) 2015 Liver Congress were reviewed for the Chilean gastroenterology com-munity by a team of distinguished na-tional and international faculty. This new “three-in-one” format was an attractive and interesting formula for the audience judging by the excellent evaluation of the activity. Major ad-vances in liver diseases were reviewed first by Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, MD, (Medical University of Vienna, Austria) Secretary General of EASL, Frank Tacke, MD, PhD (University of Aachen, Germany), and Andres Cardenas, MD, PhD (University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain) who also spoke at the course of GI emergen-cies. Highlights of DDW 2015 were provided by Francisco Ramirez, MD (Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, USA) and Andres Gelrud, MD (University of Illinois, Chicago, USA). All of them also spoke at the course on GI emer-gencies. The participation of European fac-ulty was possible due to the generous support of international professional societies, such as the Latin American Association for the Study of the Liver and EASL. Also, Drs. Ramirez and Gelrud contributed to the meeting success as members of American Gas-troenterological Association. With over 420 registered and excel-lent presentations of invited speak-ers, this conference was a relevant educational activity for Chilean gastroenterologists and also for physi-cians of other specialties that attended attracted by the course’s contents. From Left to right: Francisco Ramirez, MD (Mayo Clinic), Andrés Cárdenas, MD (Univer-sity of Barcelona), Maria Ester Bufadel, MD (President, Chilean GI Endoscopy Association), Arnoldo Riquelme, MD (Vice-President, Chil-ean Society of Gastroenterology) and Roque Saénz, MD (International Affairs, Chilean Society of Gastroenterology). Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, MD, Secretary General of the European Association for the Study of the Liver, addressing the audience during the course.
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