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Digestive Disease Week 2007 spotlights breakthrough research in digestive health

Largest GI meeting features latest advances in GI cancers, bowel diseases

American Gastroenterological Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2007) -- Today's global leaders in gastrointestinal medicine will gather this week to discuss the latest in scientific research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2007, May 19-24 in Washington, D.C. DDW brings together more than 16,000 attendees each year from around the world and is the largest meeting of its kind. From GI cancers and related diseases to analyses of best practices and innovative diagnostic approaches, this year's presentations will feature breakthrough treatments and procedures for GI disorders, review current standards and highlight a variety of clinical studies. Research presented at DDW 2007 promises to address hot topics in GI health, including:

  • Better diagnostics, stronger therapies and more effective procedures for colorectal cancer
  • Positive and negative impact of lifestyle, diet choices on digestive health
  • Trends in breakthrough treatments for patients with hepatitis C
  • Quality measures improve screening and detection of colon cancer
  • Studies looking at differences in gender, ethnicity and risk of GI diseases
  • Up-and-coming therapies and screening options for IBS and IBD

DDW is 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 has scheduled a total of eight press conferences throughout the medical meeting to highlight timely issues and key areas facing the GI community:

Sunday, May 20

  • Close-Up on Liver Diseases Improving Tests and Treatments (10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EDT)
  • New Approaches to Managing Hepatitis (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT)

Monday, May 21

  • Progress in 2007: Important New Therapies for IBD and IBS (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • Stand-Out Studies in GI Research (10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EDT)
  • The GI Patient: Varying Risks by Gender and Ethnicity (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT)

Tuesday, May 22

  • Diagnostics and Procedures: Imaging and New Methods Examined (9:30 - 10:30 a.m. EDT)
  • Pancreatic Disease: Finding Better Markers, New Treatments (12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT)

Wednesday, May 23

  • Colon Cancer: Advancing Quality Diagnosis and Outcomes (9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EDT)

DDW is hosting teleconferences, which are open to members of the media only, to coincide with the scheduled press briefings for reporters covering the meeting offsite. To join, please call (877) 531-2986.

Additional meeting highlights include symposia and fora exploring a variety of current topics in the GI arena. Some of the many issues that will be covered include current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to digestive cancers, liver disease, hepatitis treatments, bowel disease, capsule endoscopy, controversies surrounding colorectal cancer, and advances in surgical gastroenterology.

Press releases from the meeting will be available at www.eurekalert.org. Or, please contact Leslie Humbel (lhumbel@spectrumscience.com) to receive releases via email or fax. Interviews can be arranged with presenting researchers. The newsroom is open May 19 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and May 20-24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information during the meeting, please call the DDW Newsroom at (202) 249-4055.

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Digestive Disease Week® (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 19-24, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology.

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