39 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 “Recent progress in IgG4-related pan-creatobiliary diseases,” and “Recent progression in drug-induced liver injury (DILI)”; two panel discussions, “Diagnosis and treatment of Barrett epithelium and cancer” and “Strategy of treatment for biliary stenosis”; and three workshops, “Pathological features of Nonalcoholic Steatohepati-tis (NASH),” “New trends in diabetes mellitus and liver diseases,” and “Up-to- date therapies in IBD.“ For these sessions, 32 speakers were invited from abroad. As a result, there were programs available in English every day. In addition to these sessions, all theme presenters of Japanese ses-sions prepared their slides in English. Starting last year, international poster sessions were planned. Overall, we collected 80 English-language ab-stracts. Additionally, JDDW officially offered a Travel Award Program for 22 participants from abroad in order to accommodate overseas participants. This year we have made it a prin-ciple to accept fewer than 85% of the general presentations submitted from each society and to scrutinize reviews of studies on rare cases more carefully. As a result, some may criticize us for raising the bar too high. However, this results from our efforts to heighten Five Presidents of JDDW 2015’s Meetings and Conferences together with current JDDW Presi-dent scientific quality by tightening the review process. As the medical envi-ronment changes, JDDW hopes to promote the importance of scientific integrity and considers it necessary to encourage mid-career physicians to fo-cus on basic clinical studies, especially among younger physicians. As JDDW moves towards becom-ing more international in scope, we are searching for a new form of con-ference so we can continue to grow. We would like to express our appre-ciation to those who have supported and guided us through the JDDW Steering Committee as well as the Conference Program Committee, as we seek to answer the question “how our five societies increase collabora-tion and integrity while continuing to shape our unique attributes.” (Prof. K. Sugano).
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