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IBD Around the world: Comparing the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment: Proceedings of the World Digestive Health Day 2010 ‐ Inflammatory bowel disease task force meeting

Baumgart, Daniel C.1,*; Bernstein, Charles N.2; Abbas, Zaigham3; Colombel, Jean F.4; Day, Andrew S.5; D'Haens, Geert6; Dotan, Iris7; Goh, Khean L.8; Hibi, Toshifumi9; Kozarek, Richard A.10; Quigley, Eamonn M.M.11; Reinisch, Walter12; Sands, Bruce E.13; Sollano, Jose D.14; Steinhart, Hillary A.15; Steinwurz, Flávio16; Vatn, Morten H.17; Yamamoto‐Furusho, Jesús K.18

doi: 10.1002/ibd.21409

1 Charité Medical School, Virchow Hospital, Humboldt‐University of Berlin, Germany

2 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

3 Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi, Pakistan

4 University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

5 University of Lille, Lille, France

6 Imelda Clinical Research Center, Bonheiden, Belgium

7 Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

8 University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9 Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

10 Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA

11 National University of Ireland, Cork, Éire

12 Medical University, Vienna, Austria

13 Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

14 University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

15 Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex, Toronto, ON, Canada

16 Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil

17 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

18 National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Mexico City, Mexico

* Reprints: Charité Medical Center ‐ Virchow Hospital Medical School of the Humboldt‐University, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 13344 Berlin, Germany


Received 2 June 2010; Accepted 7 June 2010

Published online 19 August 2010 in Wiley Online Library (


Every May 29th the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) and initiates a worldwide public health campaign through its 110 national societies and 50,000 members. Each year focuses on a particular digestive disorder in order to increase general public awareness of prevention and therapy. 2010 is dedicated to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Upon this occasion a WGO IBD task force was compiled from leading international specialists and researchers. The task force also included members of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Diseases (IOIBD) and the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) of the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF). The goal of the task force was to bring together IBD specialists from around the world to discuss the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of IBD within different regions. This is a summary of the WGO task force meeting at the American Gastroenterological Association's (AGA) Digestive Disease Week, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May, 2010. The expert panel identified the most pressing issues in IBD worldwide: reliable epidemiological data, global collaboration in clinical and basic research, the approach to distinguishing intestinal tuberculosis from Crohn's disease, access to specialist care and access to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. (Inflamm Bowel Dis 2011;)

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