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WDHD 2014 Events & Success Stories

World Digestive Health Day 2014 was celebrated in many countries all over the world. WGO invites you to view the WDHD 2014 Success Stories, a showcase that presents the highlights of 2014 WDHD.

(Click on an event title to view the complete success story.)


United European Gastroenterology (UEG) - Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Gut Video

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Vienna, Austria

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) together with the European Society of Neurology and Motility (ESNM), produced a video to educate the general population on the importance on maintaining a healthy gut. View the video here.


Dia Mundial de la salud Digestiva: importancia de la Microbiota

When: May 29-30, 2014
Location: Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile

A talk to teens and adults will take place and the delivery of information in brochures about caring for our intestinal flora, and what is the role of bacteria. Contact Dra. Ana maria Madrid for more information.


Gut Microbiota in Translation and Practice

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014
Location: International Conference Center, Chongqing City, PR
Contact Information:

The Chinese Society of Gastroenterology (CSG) will organize the national congress of digestive diseases (NCDD) in Chongqing City, China. The NCDD will open 3 plenary sessions and 30 symposiums hosted by its committees. The expected participants are over 4,000 of gastroenterologists, hepatologists, internal clinicians, pediatrists, integrated tcm-wm workers, microbiologists, pathologists, and bioinformationists.

The CSG has currently 20 committees, including the CSG committee of gut microbiota which is chaired by Prof. Yunsheng Yang who is the current president of CSG as well.

The CSG committee of gut microbiota will organize a symposium of gut microbiota on Nov. 1, 2014. The contents will cover trends of gut microbiota, intestinal microbiota in IBD, GI cancer and IBS, functional study of gut microbiota, FMT practice in China, Chinese attitudes to FMT and so on.


Cochin GUT Club: WDHD - Panel Discussion

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Cochin, Kerala, India
Contact Information: Convener Cochin GUT Club (

Cochin GUT Club hosts a panel discussion on GUT Microbes in health and disease at IMA house cochin on 29th May 2014. The aim of the meeting is to educate general physicians, surgeons, pediatricians and general practitioners on the importance of GUT microbes in health and disease. Topics for discussion would be Normal GUT Flora, Functional foods, Role of Pre and Probiotics in children and Adults and Fecal transplantation.

Public Awareness Event and Free Diagnostic Camp

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Latur, Maharashtra, India
Contact Information: Dr. Deepak S. Gugale, C.E.O., Dr. S.B. Gugale Memorial Hospital, Latur, M.S., India

Inauguration, free diagnostic camp & public awareness camp, by auspicious hands of District Collector Dr. Sharma.

Symposium on Gut Microbiota and GI Health

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Hotel MAYFAIR, Bhubaneswar, India
Contact Information: Prof. Dr. S.P. Singh, MBBS, MD, DM (

The event will begin with a Welcome Address by Dr. K.N Panda, Secretary ISG, followed by the WDHD 2014 Inauguration & Address by Prof. S.P Singh. Topics include: Gut Microbiota and Gastrointestinal Disorders; Gut Microbiota and Hepatic Encephalopathy; and Assessment of Gut Microbiota in Health & Disease. The symposium will end with a discussion [Q&As] on Gut Microbiota.

Awareness Camp and Free Health Check Up

When: May 29, 2014
Location: IMS and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, India
Contact Information: Dr. Manoj K Sahu, IMS & SUM Hospital (

A large scale Awareness Camp and Free Health Check Up involving People of Odisha, Politicians, Film Stars, Sport Personnel and Doctors will take place.


World Digestive Health Week 2014

When: May 22-29, 2014
Location: Throughout Iran
Contact Information: M.M. Mir-Nasseri, MD, MPH, Executive Secretary, Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

We have arranged some seminars for physicians, some programs in radio and TV and some articles in newspapers at 9 provinces of our country contain of Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Kerman, Guilan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Tabriz, and Ahvaz.


APC Public Forum for WDHD

When: May 27, 2014
Location: University College Cork, Western Gateway Building, Lecture Theatre G05
Contact Information: Hosted by the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre,

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre is hosting a Public Forum for WDHD on Microbes Matter; Gut Bacteria in Health and Disease, Chaired by Professor Paud O'Regan. Topics include "Gut Microbiota and Exercise: What is the Impact?", "Gut Microbes in Health and Disease"; "Of Mice and Men - Understanding How Gut Bacteria Regulate Weight Gain"; and "Microbes Messing with your Mind: Implications for Physiology, Brain and Behavior."


WDHD Conference

When: June 5, 2014
Location: Riga, Latvia

An informative conference for gastroenterologists, general practitioners, and other health professionals about the gut microbiota will take place in Riga, Latvia, on June 5, 2014. For more information, email


6th Annual WDHD Road Show

When: Throughout 2014
Location: Throughout Malaysia

The Digestive Health Advisory Board Malaysia (DHAB) will hold its 6th annual World Digestive Health Day celebrations this year. Past events include a nation-wide road show where various health screenings have taken place and nutritionists and gastroenterology nurses were available to provide advice on healthy eating and general digestive health. Additionally, educational materials have been available for the public and a healthy digestion walk took place.


Human Gut Microbiota in Health & Disease

When: May 23-24, 2014
Location: Mexico City, Mexico

The Mexican Association of Gastroenterology in collaboration with the Danone Institute, will organize the 3rd International Symposium on Human Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease. The symposium is directed to GI’s, Nutritionists, Microbiologists and General Practitioners, and they are expecting 500 attendees. Many topics will be presented including: Gut Microbiota: changes throughout the lifespan from infancy to elderly; Techniques used to characterized the gut microbiota; Human Gut Microbiota Transplantation; and Recommendations for probiotics use in 2014.


Human Gut Microbiota in Health & Disease

When: September 26, 2014
Location: Podgorica, Montenegro

The Gastroenterohepatology Association of Montenegro will organise the National Meeting about Gut Microbiota with the participation of gastroenterologists, internists and family doctors. We want to give importance to the microflora in health and in disease, and review the significance of healthy flora in the other disease, with a look into the future. More information is available at


WDHD 2014 Medicine Department Clinical Meeting

When: May 28, 2014
Location: General Hospital, Broad Street, Lagos

An event will take place to create awareness of gut microbes among doctors and nurses in the department.


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar

A one day event is planned with seminars, lectures, a public awareness walk, a media campaign and training of junior doctors. Contact Prof Aamir Ghafoor Khan, President, Pakistan Gastroenterology & Hepatology for more information.

Gut Microbes in Health and Disease

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Dewan Complex Auditorium, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi
Contact Information: Department of Hepatogastroenterology, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi, Pakistan

Symposium for doctors, nurses, physician assistants and medical students.


International Day of Gut Microbiota and Coeliac Disease

When: May 17, 2014
Location: Pomeranian Medical University

The West Pomeranian Division of Polish Society of Gastroenterology in collaboration with Polish Association of People on Gluten Free Diet and with Coeliac Disease, is holding an International Day of Gut Microbiota and Coeliac Disease on May 17, 2014. The event will include state of the art and up to date lectures on various diseases associated with coeliac disease and microbiota alterations. Key opinion leaders will deliver presentations and discuss important problems associated with coeliac disease and microbiome in relation to gastrointestinal, neurologic, skin, endocrine and immune systems. This event is open access and free of charge to the general public as well as health professionals. Dietary interventions aimed to modulate gut microbiota and manage coeliac disease as well as non gluten coeliac sensitivity will be discussed. Participants will be invited to taste gluten free food offered by local manufacturers.

The Pomeranian Medical University is located at SPSK 1, Ul. Unii Lubelskiej 1, Szczecin, Poland.


Dia da Microbiota

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Porto, Portugal

A major conference endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology, will take place in Porto, with Prof. Carmelo Scarpignato (Parma, Italy), chaired by Guilherme Macedo. This will launch the topic for the Portuguese Digestive Disease Week, to be held next week. There has also been a press release and a formal 20 minute interviews in tv broadcasting and comments in daily newspapers.


Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the digestive tract diseases in the XXI century

When: March 11-12 2014
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

A meeting titled “Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the digestive tract diseases in the XXI century” which will take place March 11-12, 2014 at the Congress Center Holiday Inn in Saint Petersburg, Moscowskiy pr.97a. For more information, contact Oksana Stefanyuk or Stanislav Sitkin MD, PhD, at

Saint Petersburg - Gastro-2014

When: May 19-21, 2014
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

The 16th International Slavonic – Baltic Scientific Forum, “Saint Petersburg - Gastro-2014”, will be held in Saint Petersburg, Moscowskiy pr.97a, Congress Center Holiday Inn. More information can be obtained by emailing


WDHD Serbia

When: September 24, 2014
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Contact Information: For more information, contact the ASG at

The Association of Serbian Gastroenterologists is organising the National Meeting about Gut Microbiota with the participation of gastroenterologists, internists and family doctors. One of the main goals of the meeting is to increase public awareness about the importance of gut microbiota in health and disease.


Activkids Probiotics

When: May and July, 2014
Location: Singapore
Contact Information: Activhealth (S) Pte Ltd

A presentation will take place for doctors and the general public, of clinical data on multispecies probiotics and their benefits on gut flora, plus foods rich in pro and prebiotics, by Dr. Karen Koning.

South Africa

World Digestive Health Week 2014

When: May 27, 28 and 29, 2014
Location: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town
Contact Information: SAGES Secretariat, Karin Fenton (

Three symposia are scheduled for the week of WDHD:

  1. May 27, The Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg, with keynote speaker Prof Harry Pothoulakis speaking on Intestinal Mechanisms of Saccharomyces Boulardii, followed by a Q&A and dinner.
  2. May 28, The Hilton Hotel, Durban, with keynote speaker Prof Harry Pothoulakis speaking on Intestinal Mechanisms of Saccharomyces Boulardii, followed by a Q&A and dinner.
  3. May 29, The Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town, with keynote speaker Prof Harry Pothoulakis speaking on Intestinal Mechanisms of Saccharomyces Boulardii, followed by a Q&A and dinner.


WDHD Conference on Intestinal Microbes

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Hospital Gregorio Maranon, Madrid

The Spanish Society for Probiotics and Prebiotics ( will hold an event titled “Intestinal Microbes: Its Importance to Health and Disease” on May 29, 2014, at Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid. The event, which is also expecting participation by the Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases, mainly addresses medical doctors such as pediatricians, gastroenterologists, and family doctors. Topics to be discussed include “Microbiota: an ecosystem in the digestive tract”; “What are functional foods?”; and “Clinical applications of probiotics and prebiotics in the adult”. For more information on the event, contact


WDHD Press Conference

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Taipei

The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan (GEST) will be conducting a Press Conference for WDHD 2014 - Gut microbiota and your health, on May 29, 2014, in Taipei, Taiwan. The Press Conference will be an introduction of WDHD, WGO, gut microbiota, health and diseases. Additionally, a lecture about gut health and probiotics will be given by the president of the Society of Probiotics of Taiwan. For more information, please email


WDHD Ukraine

When: May 30, 2014
Location: Odessa, Ukraine

A meeting will take place with 300 gastroenterologists and general practitioners organized by the National Postgraduate Academy, WGO representatives in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Dietitian Society.


American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Podcast - Probiotics: What You Need to Know

When: May 29, 2014
Location: USA
To mark World Digestive Health Day, the College has developed a new podcast, Probiotics: What You Need to Know, featuring Eamonn M. M. Quigley, MD, FACG, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Past President, American College of Gastroenterology. Read about and listen to the podcast here

View the Press Release Announcement



Importance of Intestinal Microbiota in Health and Disease

When: May 29, 2014
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay

The Uruguayan Society of Gastroenterology (SGU) will hold a lecture, "Importance of Intestinal Microbiota in Health and Disease", for Gastroenterologists, Pediatricians, General Practitioners, and the General Public on May 29th. Brochures with educational information will be delivered after the event. Additionally, a Media Campaign (Television, Radio) highlighting the role of Microbiota in Healthy Digestive Life will take place on the same day. A video with information about the importance of healthy habits, prebiotics, probiotics will be posted on the SGU website on May 29th.