31 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS MAY 2017 Editorial | Expert Point of View | WCOG at ACG 2017 | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events discussed global health outcomes in low FODMAP diet IBS patients. Dr. Richard Gearry presented trial of kiwifruit on gut health function. Dr. Catherine Wall showed results of enteral nutrition on Crohn’s disease. The 2016 Trans-Tasman lecture this year was presented eloquently by As-sociate Professor Ian Norton, head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney. The topic discussed was the new Australian “Barrett’s Oesophagus guideline: A living docu-ment.” A module was presented on endoscopy in the coagulopathic patient with perspectives given by the endoscopist (Dr. Mark Appleyard), hematologist (Dr. Eileen Merriman) and cardiologist (Dr. Martin Stiles). The liver free papers section included a state-of-the-art lecture on the future prospects in liver trans-plantation by invited speaker Prof. Geoff McCaughan, co-director of the Australian National Liver transplant unit in Sydney. Dr. Hannah Giles presented outcomes of acute hepa-titis C. Dr. Mehul Lamba presented on HCC surveillance and Dr. Clare Russell on autoimmune hepatitis. Dr. Debi Prasad presented an audit of HCC from the New Zealand trans-plant unit. Thursday afternoon saw an en-doscopy video forum of advanced techniques by Dr. Frank Weilert, Dr. Ravindra Ogra, Dr. Jim Brooker and Dr. Russell Walmsley. Dr. Riaz Shaik’s presentation on endoscopic removal of an eroded gastric band won best video forum prize. A parallel session on end-stage liver disease discussed pre-transplant assessment (Prof. Geoff McCaughan). Alcohol use disorders (Dr. Natalie Scollay) and management of post-transplant late complications (Dr. Dominic Ray-Chaudhuri). With the national roll out of bowel cancer screening underway a timely combined session of the various aspects involved was held: electronic reporting and data ( Dr. James Irwin); implementation of the program (Associate Professor Susan Parry); consequences for surgery (Mr. Mike Hulme–Moir) and pathology (Dr. Nicole Kramer). The final clinical session was the much anticipated gloves-off debate. This year’s topic was “The basis for treatment for functional gut disorders should be pharmacological”. Dr. Mi-chael Camerilli’s choice to look at the evidence proved not to be a match for Prof. Jane Andrews’ populist manipu-lation of the audience. The Social program is always a highlight of NZSG meetings. The fifth annual “Great Guts” fun run raised funds for Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand. The wildly successful confer-ence dinner was this year themed as “Bogan Zombie Apocalypse”. Non Australasians will need to Google “Bo-gan” for further clarification. Innova-tive costuming heated the blood and brains as did a Waikato hospital gastro department flash mob rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The major award for the NZSG was presented at the conference. The NZSG Janssen Research fellowship was awarded to Dr. Debi Prasad. His thesis will evaluate the interaction be-tween HBV, obesity and liver-related complications in the Maori popula-tion. Awards were presented to the best original research at the meeting as assessed by our international guests. In addition to awards mentioned above best poster award were made to Dr. Amanda Chen and Dr. Ibrahim Hassan. The end of this highly successful meeting concluded with an invitation to the NZ annual scientific meeting to be held from 22-24 November 2017 in Auckland. The organizers will be aiming to provide a diverse program covering all aspects of Gastroenter-ology and Hepatology. Confirmed international speakers include: Prof. Michael Bourke to educate us on therapeutic endoscopy, Prof. Siew Ng from Hong Kong, Prof. Mark Mor-rison discussing the microbiome and Dr. James O’Beirne as the interna-tional hepatology speaker. We warmly welcome our friends from the World Gastroenterology Or-ganisation to come to New Zealand to attend our conference and visit our beautiful country later in the year. With the national roll out of bowel cancer screening underway a timely combined session of the various aspects involved was held.
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