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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

For Release 3 April 2017

World Gastroenterology Organisation Announces
"The Microbiota Hard Talks - Live From Texas Medical Center" Webinar Series

Milwaukee, WI, USA -- 3 April 2017 -- World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) announces a new educational opportunity available in 2017, a webinar series “The Microbiota Hard Talks – Live from Texas Medical Center”. Supported by an unrestricted medical educational grant from Biocodex France, the three part education webinar series aims to provide medical education in the field of the human gut microbiota.

This interactive program, developed by Professors Henry Cohen, Director of ECHO Project Uruguay, Secretary General of National Academy of Medicine Montevideo, Uruguay, and 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, Houston, Texas, USA, both former Presidents of WGO, will offer the chance to join experts and like-minded colleagues from around the globe on state-of-the-art microbiota topics. Each webinar will feature a presentation by a renowned lecturer and will include time dedicated to an interactive question and answer session.

1st Webinar - “Exploring the hidden world of Human Gut Microbiota” will be broadcast live on Monday, 3rd April 2017 at 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM (Houston Time, GMT-6:00) / 10:00 PM - 10:45 PM (GMT). The webinar will be presented by former chair of the World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2014 campaign, current WGO Global Guidelines Committee Member, Consultant of Gastroenterology at the Digestive System Research Unit and Head of the Experimental Laboratory at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (Barcelona), Professor Francisco Guarner of Barcelona, Spain.

2nd Webinar - “Use and Abuse of Antibiotics in the Microbiota Era” will be broadcast live on Friday, 7th July 2017 at 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM (Houston Time, GMT-6:00) / 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (GMT). The webinar will be presented by Director of Research at Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with an expertise in digestive diseases, at the University of California Los Angeles, and current Vice Chair of the Hormones, Transmitters, Growth Factors and Receptors Section of the American Gastroenterological Association, Professor Charalabos Pothoulakis of Los Angeles, California.

3rd Webinar - “The Gut-Brain Connection: Can the Gut control the Brain?” (title to be confirmed) will be broadcast live on Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM (Houston Time, GMT-6:00) / 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (GMT). The webinar will be presented by Director of the Institute of Gastroenterology “Dr. Bustos Fernandez”, Past-President of the Argentine Gastroenterology Society and the Latin American Nuerogastroenterology Society, and current member of the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, Dr. Luis Maria Bustos-Fernández of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

For more information on the webinar series or to register, please visit All webinars will be archived after their respective live broadcasts for on-demand viewing.

About WGO

Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of over 100 Member Societies, four regional affiliated associations, and a growing number of Individual Members, representing over 50,000 gastroenterologists, hepatologists, endoscopists, GI surgeons, and other health care professionals worldwide. WGO focuses on the improvement of standards in training, education, and the practice of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and other related-disciplines on a global scale. The WGO Foundation (WGOF), incorporated in 2007, is dedicated to raising funds to support WGO educational programs and activities.


For more information, press only:
Ranelle Graber
Program Manager - WGO and WGOF
Phone: +1 (414) 918-9798
Fax: +1 (414) 276-3349

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