Clinicians, researchers and scientists from around the world will gather for Digestive Disease Week 2010 (DDW), the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 1 to May 5, 2010, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. DDW is the annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the largest and oldest GI society in the world. AGA researchers will present exciting, cutting-edge data during the meeting that will help change the way physicians diagnose and treat GI disorders.
All data presented during DDW is embargoed until the beginning of the presentation or an official DDW press conference, whichever occurs first. Go to www.ddw.org for a list of press conferences.
On Tuesday, May 4 from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. CT, Ballroom C, the AGA will feature its late-breaking clinical abstracts, which include exciting data on:
During the Presidential Plenary Session, AGA Institute President, Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, will focus on critical questions for gastroenterology. Two concurrent plenary sessions feature noteworthy clinical and basic science research presented at DDW.
The Presidential Plenary session presentations (Monday, May 3, 10 a.m. to noon CT, Auditorium AB) include:
The Clinical Plenary session presentations (Monday, May 3, 8 to 10 a.m. CT, Auditorium AB) include:
The Basic Science Plenary session presentations (Monday, May 3, 8 to 10 a.m. CT, Room 393-396) include:
Other exciting data will be presented during DDW, including 36 clinical symposia, 11 translational symposia, 14 research symposia and eight state-of-the-art lectures on a range of GI topics. Additionally, the AGA Institute will sponsor eight curbside consultant sessions. Eight focused research roundtables and 14 focused clinical updates breakfast sessions designed to help participants choose the must-see basic science and clinical research abstracts presented during DDW will occur throughout the meeting.
AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry
DDW marks the launch of the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry, a revolutionary national outcomes-driven registry. It allows gastroenterologists to monitor and improve patient care, while also generating data to compare the efficacy of treatments and potentially increase reimbursement. The AGA Registry launches with an initial focus on IBD and colorectal cancer prevention.
On Wednesday, May 5, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., the physicians who created the registry will lead a session in rooms 280-282 to cover topics, including what is a data registry and why participate, limits and potential pitfalls of a data registry, registry reports, and how registries can impact public health of underrepresented populations.
ROME Foundation-AGA Institute Lectureship
Erwin G. Zoetendal, MD, assistant professor in the agrotechnology and food sciences laboratory of microbiology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, will shed light on the mysteries of gut microbiota as the invited lecturer during Tuesday's third annual Rome Foundation-AGA Institute Lectureship (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CT, Room 391/392). His talk, "Understanding Gut Microbiota: A New Era in Gastroenterology," will provide an overview of gastrointestinal tract microbiota diversity by discussing culture-independent approaches to study microbiota diversity in relation to health and disease including functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as culture-independent approaches to study microbiota genetic potential and activity.
Douglas Drossman, MD, AGAF, Rome Foundation president, said the Rome Foundation and the AGA Institute are honored to have Dr. Zoetendal present this year's lecture. "There are huge numbers of bacteria living in harmony within every human organism. And this is the guy who understands best how different types affect the gut inside and out. He is a translational scientist who will help our members better understand when to use probiotics and when not to."
|Contact: Alissa J. Cruz|
American Gastroenterological Association