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Organizers of the 2019 Crohn's & Colitis Congress announce agenda & call for abstracts

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (Aug. 20, 2018) -- The Crohn's & Colitis Congress®, the premier meeting for clinical and research professionals in the IBD space, has opened registration for the 2019 meeting. A partnership of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the meeting will include four main sessions, as well as basic science sessions and pre-Congress workshops. The 2019 Crohn's & Colitis Congress will take place February 7-9, 2019, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

"With nearly 1,300 attendees, we were thrilled with the attendance for the inaugural Congress this past January. Our follow-up polling of attendees and call for topics helped us build a program for 2019 that focuses on topics of most interest and importance to IBD professionals across all disciplines," said Brent Polk, MD, AGAF, and chair of the Congress organizing committee. "We are committed to convening the greatest minds in IBD. More than half of our faculty is new for this second year, adding new perspectives to address pressing topics."

The main sessions center around four key themes:

  • Making sense of care guidelines
  • Trends in IBD care and how to incorporate emerging models
  • Environmental triggers and stemming the rising tide of IBD
  • Management of complicated IBD

In addition, basic science sessions will cover integration of mucosal function by the intestinal epithelium, and microbial influences on mucosal immune responses and IBD mechanisms.

Half-day pre-Congress workshops are available to attendees on February 7:

  • Understanding and Reversing Fibrosis in IBD
  • Pediatric IBD: The State of the Art
  • Optimal IBD patient outcomes: What Advanced Practice Providers Need to Know
  • Nutritional Therapy for IBD: From Theory to Your Practice
  • The Lloyd Mayer, MD, Young Investigators Research Workshop: The Review Process - How Your Grants are Scored and Guidelines for Performing Effective Manuscript Reviews
  • Practical Pearls for the IBD Endoscopist

Clinicians will discover different perspectives and leave with practical information they can immediately implement in taking care of their next IBD patient. Additionally, researchers will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty, and renowned thought leaders in IBD; gain access to cutting-edge research; and see how research is implemented in the clinical setting.

"Congress is truly a meeting for all. Clinicians, surgeons, trainees, researchers and others, are all coming together to transform IBD care," continued Polk. "We are looking forward to an even more dynamic meeting for year two."


Call for abstracts

To foster the latest research, the Organizing Committee encourages abstract submissions of work in the following areas: basic research, translational research, clinical research, clinical trials, epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, practice management, education, quality of care, quality assurance, quality of life, psychosocial care, outcomes, adverse therapy-related events and case reports relevant to inflammatory bowel diseases. The abstract submission site opens August 1, 2018 and closes at 9 p.m. ET on October 24, 2018.


Congress also provides multiple opportunities to build a powerful network and share solutions with thought-leaders. In addition to the program sessions, Congress organizers are hosting social events including:

  • Crohn's & Colitis Congress Reception
  • Advanced Practice Provider and IBD Nurse Networking Reception
  • Pediatric Provider Networking Reception
  • Young Investigator Networking Reception
  • IBD Journal Reviewer Reception
  • Women in IBD Breakfast
  • Poster Reception

The Crohn's & Colitis Congress is offering early-bird meeting registration discounts through August 29, 2018. Pre-Congress workshops and the Crohn's & Colitis Congress Reception are not included in the scientific session fees.


The Congress is excited to welcome exhibitors from companies working in the IBD space; interested parties should visit for more information.


The Congress welcomes health-care reporters and bloggers to attend the meeting free of charge. Please review our Media Policy & Registration information <>.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Congress

The Crohn's & Colitis Congress is a partnership that combines the strengths of the nation's leading IBD patient organization, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and the premier GI professional association, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) The Congress brings together IBD professionals, across all disciplines, and merges the best of science and clinical care in a collaborative, comprehensive, multidisciplinary networking and education event to transform IBD patient care.

About the AGA

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 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.

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About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information visit, call 888-694-8872, or email

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