22 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS FEBRUARY 2017 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Crohn’s disease being 3.1/100 000 inhabitants, which is lower than in most European countries). Then, up-to- date information on diagnosis and treatment was presented, including controversial points, such as biological therapy termination (the consensus in Croatia which considers possible ter-mination after one year of deep remis-sion was discussed). Recognizing and preventing the adverse effects of drugs in inflammatory diseases treatment was also assessed, as well as novel and promising therapeutic modalities. On the third day of the meeting, celiac disease was addressed. The audi-ence was informed about the growing skepticism towards gluten and the acceptance of a non-gluten diet by a substantial part of population. This could lead to deficiency of different essential substances (proteins, vita-mins B, minerals etc.). Confusion is even greater about three defined enti-ties (allergy to gluten, gluten intoler-ance (celiac disease) and non-celiac sensitivity to gluten). Refractory celiac disease was also mentioned as a rare disorder, which represents a serious therapeutic challenges. Finally, a number of specific issues were dealt with, such as chemopro-phylaxis in gastroenterology, and guidelines for its implementation. Also, the need for vaccination before commencing immunomodulatory therapy was discussed, and it was pointed out that live vaccines should not be used in immune suppressed patients. In the closing session of this year’s meeting a number of articles pub-lished during previous year by young gastroenterologists (under the age of Attendees of the Annual Meeting Prof. Simunic addresses the meeting 35) were highlighted. The best among them was awarded with a training course at one of Europe’s prominent gastroenterological centers. Alongside this event, the Croatian Society of Gastroenterology’s Govern-ing Board held its meeting during which the previous activities of the Society, as well as its future plans, were discussed. The meeting of the Assembly of the Croatian Society of Gastroenterology was also held and members were informed on the Society’s activities by its president, secretary and treasurer. Along with the many lectures and discussions on a variety of themes during the working sessions of annual meeting, we organized several social events, including dinners and excur-sions for Society members.
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