34 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JANUARY 2016 Gastro 2015: AGW-WGO | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events gave an outstanding keynote lecture talking about paradigm changes in the treatment of portal hyperten-sion. It was followed by an excellent presentation held by Laurent Spahr (Geneva, Switzerland) who talked about the clinical management of hepatic encephalopathy in cirrhosis. The Swiss Association for the Study of the Liver (SASL) “hot topics in hepatology” were mainly focusing on Viral Hepatitis. Fabien Zoulim (Lyon, France) gave us insights into new mechanisms/pathways on how Hepa-titis B infection can be cured, not just controlled. His presentation was followed by Beat Müllhaupt (Zürich, Switzerland), who gave an excellent update on the current treatment op-tions and remaining challenges with respect to Hepatitis C infection. This session ended with Francesco Negro (Geneva, Switzerland), who gave an economical and philosophical insight with respect to the limitations in hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in Switzerland. The second Hepatology session was dedicated to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and bile trans-porters. Vlad Ratziu (Paris, France) impressively highlighted past, present, and future challenges in the treatment of NAFLD, while Michael Trauner (Vienna, Austria) gave us excellent in-sight on how to apply transcriptional activators of bile acid transporters into clinical practice with respect to choles-tatic and metabolic liver diseases. On the second day we were treated to very clear presentations on acute pancreatitis (Julia Mayerle, Greif-swald) and chronic pancreatic disease (Jean-Louis Frossard, Geneva, Swit-zerland). We were comprehensively disabused of any notion that endo-scopic technology has plateaued by wide-ranging presentations including ‘The Force’ of Ralf Kiesslich (Wies-baden, Germany: confocal endomi-croscopy, spectroscopic imaging and endocytoscopy) and Peter Bauerfeind (Zürich, Switzerland: polyps: only omitting ‘Proton Torpedoes’). The conference ended with ultra-sound and ERCP simulation sessions for trainees and prizes for the best Swiss papers from those submitted to the scientific committee that were published during the last year. Prize winners included Ekaterina Safrone-eva (Bern, Switzerland) for Gastroen-terology, Sheida Moghadamrad (Bern, Switzerland) for Hepatology, and Roland Wyss (Winterthur, Switzer-land) for Surgery. Prof. Robin Spiller, one of our speakers. Talks during the break. The prize-winners.
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