Public Release:  AGA unveils latest advances in GI research at DDW 2014

American Gastroenterological Association

Chicago, IL (May 2, 2014) -- International leaders in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology will gather together for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2014, the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 3 to 6, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. DDW is jointly sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

AGA researchers will present exciting, cutting-edge data during the meeting that will help change the way physicians diagnose and treat gastrointestinal (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 activities is available at Newsroom staff can facilitate interviews with researchers presenting at the sessions highlighted below.

All sessions will be held in McCormick Place (Central Time). For more information on presentations and data being presented, visit

Plenary Sessions

The 2014 joint ASGE-AGA Presidential Plenary Session will take place on May 4 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater.

AGA Institute President, Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF, and his ASGE counterpart have invited noted experts to present on hot topics in gastroenterology and GI endoscopy. Presentations include:

  • "Have We Reached the Top for IBD Therapy?" Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • "Pancreatic Cancer: Have We Made Progress?" Andrew D. Rhim, MD, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
  • "Colorectal Polyps: Is the Resect and Discard Strategy Ready for Primetime?" Pro: Douglas K. Rex, MD, AGAF, Indiana University, Indianapolis; Con: Robert H. Riddell, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • "IBS and FODMAP," Lin Chang, MD, AGAF, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
  • "Dietary Effects of the Gut Microbiome," Gary D. Wu, MD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • "C. Difficile Infection and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation," Colleen R. Kelly, MD, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • "HCV Therapy in 2014," David Thomas, MD, MPH, John Hopkins Center for Global Health, Baltimore, MD

AGA will also host a Basic Science Plenary Session on May 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room S102ABC.

Late-Breaking Abstract Sessions

Two late breaking abstract sessions will highlight new data accepted for presentation at DDW:

  • Basic science late-breaking abstracts: May 6, 8 to 9:30 a.m., in Room S105A
  • Clinical science late-breaking abstracts: May 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Room S102ABC

Scientists present late-breaking abstracts during posters sessions on May 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, South Hall. Researchers will be present at their posters from noon to 2 p.m.

Other exciting data will be presented during DDW, including 61 clinical symposia, 16 research symposia, 10 translational symposia, 10 state-of-the-art lectures, six distinguished abstract plenary sessions, and other committee-sponsored and special sessions on a range of GI topics. Additionally, the AGA Institute will sponsor four curbside consultant sessions. A total of 10 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.

AGA has also developed special tracks for minority physician-scientists and trainees and young GIs.


About the American Gastroenterological Association

The American Gastroenterological (AGA) Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the American Gastroenterological Association has grown to include close to 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. Learn more at

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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 (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 3-6, 2014, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. For more information, visit

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