4 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 ted abstracts chosen by the Scientific Program Committee on topics that will be of interest to all registrants. There are three additional 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 gastro-enterology community. With a variety of options to choose from, there is something for everyone, including “Liver Global Cure of Hepatitis C: Transmission Free by 2023?”; a basic science workshop on “Inflammation in GI and Liver Disease: Molecular mechanism of disease”; a large num-ber of free papers; the “WGO: Special Regional Expert Series”; and much more! The new paradigm for WGO con-gresses also marks a significant change to the way that WGO committees will work. Starting at Gastro 2015 our various committees shall meet at WGO meetings. Next year we meet with our colleagues in the UAE and hence our committees shall all meet in Abu Dhabi in November 2016. This change I believe marks a maturity in our organization which moves confi-dently into the future on the back of a very successful global educational program as well as significant sup-port from our sponsors and member societies. With the support of our member societies Gastro 2015 will mark the launch of two important and exciting changes; a new funding structure for our various educational programs, and individual memberships in WGO. The new funding structure includes the launch of annual scholarships for trainees to attend the WGO training centers. Individual memberships in WGO will value-add to the benefits members receive over and above their benefits as a consequence to member-ship in WGO of their gastroenterol-ogy society. In this, my last president’s letter for e-WGN, I am pleased to say that I hand over to my successor an orga-nization which is confident, finan-cially sound and with a large range of activities which are making an impact on our profession for the good of our colleagues and most importantly our patients. I am very proud and honored to have served as President of WGO. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the executive, governing council and the various representatives of our member societies for the support and wise counsel I have had in the past two years. In addition, I acknowledge with immense gratitude the professional support and advice from our executive director and her staff. I look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane for Gastro 2015: AGW-WGO International Congress and hope you will have a truly wonderful and academically fulfilling time.
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