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American Gastroenterological Association

AGA presents cutting-edge research during DDW

Advances highlight progress being made in the treatment and research of GI disorders

Clinicians, researchers and scientists from around the world will gather for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2011, the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 7-10, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. DDW, which is jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, is the annual meeting of the AGA Institute.

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. A list of press conferences is available at www.ddw.org/press.

Late-Breaking Session

On May 10, 8:30 a.m. CT, Room S406B*, the AGA will feature its late-breaking clinical abstracts, which include exciting data on:

Plenary Sessions

During the Presidential Plenary Session, AGA Institute President, Ian L. Taylor, MD, PhD, AGAF, will focus on the latest research and clinical advances in the field of gastroenterology. Two additional plenary sessions feature noteworthy clinical and basic science research presented at DDW.

The Presidential Plenary Session presentations (May 9, 10 a.m. CT, Room S100AB) include:

The Basic Science Plenary Session presentations (May 8, 2:15 p.m. CT, Room S404) include:

The Clinical Plenary Session presentations (May 9, 8:30 CT, Room S105) include:

Other exciting data will be presented during DDW, including 31 clinical symposia, 20 translational symposia, 11 research symposia and seven state-of-the-art lectures on a range of GI topics. Additionally, the AGA Institute will sponsor four curbside consultant sessions. A total of 11 focused research roundtables and 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.

Foreign Language Sessions

We are excited to announce that this year, the AGA will offer sessions at DDW entirely in Spanish and Japanese. At The Best of AGA at DDW: En Español, presenters will highlight clinical advances from 2010 to 2011 and at DDW in inflammatory bowel disease, liver and pancreatic diseases, and endoscopic therapies, in Spanish (May 10, 2:15 p.m. CT, Room S405). Topics include hepatitis, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, intestinal inflammatory illness, new developments in endoscopy, and esophageal disease.

The Japanese language program will showcase some of the best abstracts submitted to DDW 2011 from Japan (May 10, 2:15 p.m. CT, Room S402), including:

Trainee and Young GI Track

To address the needs of physicians new to the field, the AGA is introducing a trainee and young GI track at DDW. The track consists of exciting new sessions that provide the necessary tools and information for a successful clinical practice career:

Rome Foundation-AGA Institute Lectureship

Tarique Perera, MD, assistant professor in clinical psychiatry, will join Michael D. Gershon, MD, professor of pathology and cell biology, to bring their unique perspectives to a discussion that will include a look at the possibility of reversing functional GI disorders with serotonin agents. Both internationally renowned experts teach at Columbia University in New York. During Sunday's fifth annual Rome Foundation-AGA Institute Lectureship (May 8, 10:30 a.m. CT, Room E451A), these experts will provide a comprehensive overview of The Role of Neurogenesis in the Brain and Gut and its Implications for Functional GI and Motility Disorders. Co-chairs Lin Chang, MD, AGAF, and Douglas A. Drossman, MD, AGAF, agreed that bringing these experts together is a way to harmonize the knowledge from investigators in two different areas but on the same process. "This lecture will provide cutting-edge science with many potential practical and clinical implications," said Dr. Drossman.

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*All sessions will be held in McCormick Place unless otherwise noted.

About the AGA Institute

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. www.gastro.org.

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About DDW

DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, DDW takes place May 7-10, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The meeting showcases approximately 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. For more information, visit www.ddw.org.

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