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AGA research highlights at Digestive Disease Week 2017

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (May 3, 2017) -- The gastroenterology and hepatology community will gather in Chicago, IL, May 6 through May 9, 2017, for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) to hear cutting-edge science and presentations from leading experts in the field. For media attending DDW 2017, use this guide to find AGA's highlighted abstracts at the meeting.

All data presented during DDW is embargoed until the beginning of the presentation or an official DDW press conference, whichever occurs first. For information on DDW press activities, visit

All sessions will be held in McCormick Place. For more information on presentations and data being presented, visit and check out the online planner.

Presidential Plenary

Hear from AGA Institute President Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, during the 2017 Presidential Plenary, on Monday, May 8, 10 a.m. to noon CT in Room S406. Mixed in with expert presentations on the topics of celiac disease, IBD therapies and hepatitis B, the following abstracts will be highlighted:

  • Abstract 637: Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) Versus Pneumatic Dilatation in Therapy-Naïve Patients with Achalasia: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial; Albert Bredenoord

  • Abstract 638: Relamorelin in Patients with Diabetic Gastroparesis: Efficacy and Safety Results from a Phase 2B Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo- Controlled, 12-Week Study (RM-131-009); Michael Camilleri

  • Abstract 639: Effect of Cox and EGFR Inhibition on Colorectal Neoplasia in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial; N. Jewel Samadder

AGA Clinical Practice Distinguished Abstract Plenary

On Tuesday, May 9, AGA will highlight the most noteworthy clinical practice data presented at DDW 2017 during the Clinical Practice Distinguished Abstract Plenary, taking place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CT in room S502.

Abstracts to be presented include:

  • Abstract 922: Lack of Association between Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Cognitive Function in Women; Paul Lochhead

  • Abstract 923: Race Predicts SVR 12 Among Patients with Hepatitis C Treated with Direct- Acting Antivirals in a Large Veterans Affairs Cohort; Jihane Benhammou

  • Abstract 925: (Can't Get No) Patient Satisfaction: The Predictive Power of Demographic, GI, and Psychological Factors in IBS Patients; Jeffrey Lackner

  • Abstract 927: Derivation and Internal Validation of a Clinical Prediction Tool for 30-Day Mortality in Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding; Neil Sengupta

  • Abstract 929: Are Pathologists Missing Adenomas? Novel Polyp Analysis Protocol Boosts Adenoma Detection Rate; Lauren Cole

  • Abstract 931: Cost-Effectiveness of Waiving all Copayments for Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Medicare Beneficiaries; Elisabeth Peterse

AGA Basic Science Plenary

Attend the AGA Basic Science Plenary on Sunday, May 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT in room S102abc, where the most noteworthy contributions to gastroenterology basic science research will be presented, including:

  • Abstract 435: Substance P-Induced Colonic Epithelial Cell-Secreted Exosomes Exacerbate Experimental Colitis and Regulate Cell Proliferation and Migration Via Exosomal MIR-21; Kyriaki Bakirtzi

  • Abstract 436: Genetic Editing of Colonic Organoids Provide a Molecularly Distinct and Orthotopic Mouse Model of Serrate Carcinogenesis; Daniel Worthley

  • Abstract 439: TRIM21 Negatively Regulates Intestinal Mucosal Inflammation Through Inhibition of TH1/TH17 Cell Immune Responses in Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Zhanju Liu

  • Abstract 440: A Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG (LGG)-Derived Protein Promotes Intestinal Development Via Activation of EGF Receptor in Intestinal Epithelial Cells; Fang Yan


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About Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

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 6-9, 2017, at McCormick Place, Chicago. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at

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