7 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 Message from the Editors Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Associate Dean for Faculty Development University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, Washington, USA Mário Reis Álvares-da-Silva, MD, PhD Professor of Hepatology Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, Brazil We have another excellent edition for you, thanks to our many wonderful contributors and outstanding editorial staff. Our keynote article is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Refractory Constipation by Drs. Noemi Baffy, Lucinda Harris and Amy Foxx-Orenstein. It has been increasingly recognized that pelvic floor dysfunction may be a cause of refractory constipation, and may be diagnosed by many methods, but starting with a good rectal examination. When this entity is diagnosed and treated, we have been told that these are among the most grateful patients in a practice. Please read the article as it will be useful for those practicing general gastroenterology. Dr. Federico Villamil brings us a report on his unique educational initiative in liver diseases for young gastroenterolo-gists he’s promoting since 2004 in Argentina. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a good idea to reproduce. As we always have reports from meetings around the world; we are impressed with the breadth of education happening worldwide, and the camaraderie these meetings clearly show. Of note, the meeting in New Zealand this year looks like the one that might have been the most unusual, if not the most fun. You will need to look up Bogan apocalypse (we did). In addition the meeting report from Chile includes a poem by the Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda, a first for our publication as well. Don’t miss the upcoming meeting in October 13-18 in Orlando, Florida USA. For 2017, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has partnered with the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) to host the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017 (WCOG @ ACG 2017). For the first time in more than 20 years, WCOG returns to the U.S. and we are expecting a larger international presence than ever before. The program, which is clinically focused, will feature special events and education addressing global health issues. As always, feedback and comments are welcome. Chris and Mario.
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