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View the March 2017 e-Alert!

Vol. 7, Issue 1 March 2017


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World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017

World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO)
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
13-18 October 2017
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA

Registration and Hotel Accommodation Booking is Now Open! Join the global GI community at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 (WCOG at ACG2017), 13-18 October, Orlando, Florida, USA. The program will offer state-of-the-art education and science by an international faculty, hands-on endoscopy workshops, small group breakfast sessions with experts, and sessions offered with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. This event will provide GI clinicians from around the world a comprehensive clinical update on the latest in GI and hepatology, and build a sense of community as we all work to advance practice and patient care. Register and book your housing now for the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017!


Abstract submission is now open.  Are you interested in presenting research? Login and submit an abstract for your research to be considered as an oral or poster presentation at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (WCOG at ACG2017), 13-18 October, in Orlando, Florida, USA. More than 30 awards in a variety of areas will be given to outstanding abstracts. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 5 June, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

 Explore Orlando with WGO and ACG!! View the WCOG 2017 Brochure for more about the meeting and what to do and see in Orlando!

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Educational Opportunities

The Microbiota Hard Talks webinars aim to provide medical education in the field of the human gut microbiota. This interactive session will offer the chance to join experts and like-minded colleagues from around the globe on state-of-the-art microbiota topics. The first in the series is “Exploring the hidden world of Human Gut Microbiota.”

Monday 3rd April 2017 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (Houston Time GMT- 6:00) 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM (GMT)

Register Here:

Microbiota Hard Talk #1: Exploring the hidden world of Human Gut Microbiota


Prof. Francisco Guarner MD PhD
University Hospital Vall d’Hebron
(Barcelona, Spain)


Program Directors:

Prof. Henry Cohen
Professor of Gastroenterology,
Director of ECHO Project Uruguay,
Secretary General of National Academy of Medicine, Montevideo, Uruguay
Former President of World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO)
(Montevideo, Uruguay)


Prof. Eamonn Quigley
David M Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders,
Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Professor of Medicine,
Weill Cornell Medical College at Houston Methodist Hospital,
Former President of World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO)
(Houston, Texas, USA)


“Microbiota Hard Talks – Live from Texas Medical Center” is supported by an unrestricted medical education grant from .

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Upcoming Train the Trainers Workshops

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) in partnership with the WGO Rabat Training Center (WGO-RTC) and the support of the American College of Gastroenterology, Société Marocaine Des Maladies de L'Appareil Digestif and Société Nationale Française de Gastro-Entérologie, is pleased to announce the next Train the Trainers workshop, the first French TTT, is scheduled to take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 26-29 April 2017.For more information, click here!

WGO La Plata Training Center 10 year Anniversary

WGO congratulates the La Plata Training Center in Argentina on their 10th Anniversary as a WGO Training Center! Established in 1990, and inaugurated as a WGO Training Center on 21 March 2007. The La Plata TC in Argentina has been an institution of GI education in the region specializing in six-month to one-year Endoscopy and ERCP courses with most of their scholars hailing from Latin American. To learn more about the La Plata Training Center, click here

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World Digestive Health Day

WDHD 2016 – ‘Diet and the Gut: Your Diet and Gut Health’

UPDATED Tools and Resources:  ‘Listen to Your Gut: Eat Right and Feel Good’ Campaign!

To celebrate World Digestive Health Day 2016, WGO launched the “Listen to Your Gut: Eat Right and Feel Good” campaign, supported by Danone. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the influence of diet on gut health and encourage the improvement of overall wellbeing. The most recent addition to the campaign is a Spotlight On: Gut and Brain Connection. To learn about the close relationship between our gut and our brain, visit the Love Your Tummy website,, or click the image below. Also offered on the website are additional educational materials and information you need to better manage your digestive health and overall wellbeing.

To view and/or download additional tools and resources in support of WDHD 2016, including the WGO Handbook on Diet and the Gut that features 13 articles on gastrointestinal topics from the viewpoint of experts from around the glove, click the button below.

WDHD 2017 – ‘Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Navigating Evolving Therapies in an Evolving Disease’

This year’s campaign aims to increase an awareness of IBD, similarities and differences in the presentation and management of these symptoms between various regions and to develop practical and optimal strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of these in contexts that range from “the man in the street” all the way to the specialist’s office. Please visit as more information, tools and resources become available in the coming weeks!


We encourage all WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers, WGO Regional Affiliates and other WGO partners to join us in raising awareness about IBD by organizing their own WDHD 2017 event. Click here to submit an event today. To view all events being held throughout the year to celebrate WDHD 2017, please visit the WDHD 2017 Events and Success stories page at We look forward to a productive and successful campaign this year!

For more information or to obtain the WDHD 2017 logo, please email the WGO Secretariat at

 WGO Societal Membership

WGO Member Society Information and Update Forms for 2017 will be sent to all WGO Member Societies in the coming weeks. Similar to last year, Member Societies will be able to fill out and submit the form online. Your assistance to ensure we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date information possible will be most appreciated. Membership invoices are based on the information received in the Update Forms and your society’s invoice is generated upon receiving your updated form. By keeping our database as current as possible you can be certain important WGO news and information are received promptly by the appropriate contacts within your member society. For more information, please click here. The Update form can be found here.  Your cooperation and expedient response on this matter will be very much appreciated.