4 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 2015 to be a positive and educational experience and one that continues to benefit your work and research in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and the related disciplines in which we are engaged. With an impressive attendance of over 2,300 delegates from 60 countries around the globe, we were privileged to have provided all who attended with the most up-to-date information, as well as practical and technological advances delivered by the most esteemed faculty members and sponsors. It is our commitment to providing a quality program to all delegates at an outstanding venue that continues to fuel our goal that all physicians in every country should benefit from the knowledge shared during our two-yearly congresses. On Monday, 28 September, two very exciting and important educa-tional activities took place: the Post-graduate Course and the Lifelong Learning course which was pre-sented by AuSPEN and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). The Post-graduate Course offered participants a full one-day course on key topics; from liver to endoscopy to inflam-matory bowel disease to neurogastro-enterology and updates from WGO. These well attended sessions got the Congress off to an exceptional start! The WGO Stream on Monday offered postgraduates a full day of information about the World Gastroenterology Organisation. The morning began with WGO Guide-lines and Cascades, which consisted of an overview of the Guidelines and the guidelines creation process by Committee Chair, Professor Greger Lindberg (Sweden); then updates on some of the hot topics currently be-ing addressed in the WGO Guide-lines, including: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease presented by Professor Richard Hunt (United Kingdom); Endoscope Disinfection, delivered by Professors David Bjorkman (USA), Tony Speer (Australia), and Michelle Alfa (Canada); and Esophageal Varices, by Professor Aamir Ghafoor Khan (Pakistan). The afternoon included a session on WGO Train-ing Centers, with an overview by Committee Chair Professor Des-mond Leddin (Canada) and talks by a number of Training Center directors from around the globe. The Stream concluded with a session on the WGO Train the Trainers (TTT) program, with talks by: then WGO President, Professor James Toouli (Australia); TTT Committee Chair, Professor Damon Bizos (South Africa); and Scientific Programs Committee Chair, Professor Geoffrey Metz (Australia). The Core Program began on Tuesday, 29 September with a ple-nary session hosted by then WGO President James Toouli and GESA President Don Cameron. It was dur-ing this session that the highly presti-gious lectureships of the organizing partners took place. First was the GESA Bushell Lecture, during which Professor Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao (USA) presented her talk on “Cir-rhosis: Towards Pathophysiological Staging.” Then WGO was honored to have its Distinguished Lectureship given by Australia’s own gastroenter-ology Nobel laureate, Professor Barry Marshall who presented this lecture, with his talk “Serendipity to dis-covery” discussing his breakthrough on Helicobacter pylori that earned him the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2005. These were followed by talks by the recipients of the GESA Distinguished Research Prize and Outstanding Clinician Award, Peter Angus and Paul Des-mond respectively. The Presidents’ Plenary continued on Tuesday morning with “Presidents’ Professors James Toouli and Aamir Ghafoor Khan, two of the presenters in the WGO Guidelines session, take a break in the Exhibi-tion Hall. Picks” - cutting edge talks paired with the highest ranked submitted abstracts chosen by the Scientific Program Committee. Topics covered a broad range of interests, including: • “Pancreatic diseases: Role of en-doscopic diagnosis and therapy” by Andrew Metz (UK) • “3D-printed Bio-elastic Wet Organ Replication for Liver and Pancreatic Surgery” by Maki Sugimoto (Japan) • “The Future of Education in Gas-troenterology; is the Answer in the Palm of Your Hand?” by Kelly Burak (Canada) • “Bariatric Surgery and the Gastroenterologist” by Michael Talbot (Australia) • “The Second Wave” by Winita Hardikar (Australia) • “Hepatitis B Virus has an Entero-hepatic Circulation” by Purnima Bhat (Australia) • “Neurogastroenterology & motil-ity – the movers and shakers” by Ian Cook (Australia) GESA Past President Don Cameron with Bush-ell Lecturer Professor Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao. Continued from first page.
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