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World Congress and Global Guidelines Updates

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: January 2013 - Volume 47 - Issue 1 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3182797dd0
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World Gastroenterology Organisation, WGO Foundation, Milwaukee, WI

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Reprints: Leah Kopp, World Gastroenterology Organisation, WGO Foundation, 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (e-mail:

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On behalf of the Gastro 2013 Local Organizing Committee, it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai, on 21 to 24 September, 2013.

The World Congress will take place in Shanghai, China, a first for the World Congress of Gastroenterology. This extraordinary city is a fusion of tradition and progressive thinking and it will be my privilege to share our city’s culture and customs with you, future participants of Gastro 2013. It is my hope that you will join us and the thousands of other attendees as we gather in Shanghai this September. The Congress will be a remarkable professional experience and personally rewarding event. Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their professional knowledge and expertise in the field and collaborate with colleagues.

The city of Shanghai will be an ideal setting for Gastro 2013. I invite you and those who accompany you to tour our great city during your visit. As our guests, you will have a multitude of opportunities to experience the culture and history of Shanghai. I encourage you to begin your journey, by day or evening, at the Bund, a picturesque riverfront promenade, and expand your journey outward through the city. You will find that Shanghai has an eclectic mix of modern culture, such as the shops along Nanjing Road, and deep-rooted tradition found within the many venerated sites, such as the Temple of Jade Buddha, Yuyuan Garden, and the Longhua Temple. You will soon see that Shanghai is a city alive with excitement.

The Local Organizing Committee and I will be privileged to welcome you to the city of Shanghai and to Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai, A WORLD CONGRESS IN ASIA!

Professor Dai-ming Fan

Congress President and Chairman of the Gastro 2013 Local Organizing Committee



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Much has happened with WGO’s Global Guidelines and Cascades this past year, and much more will continue to take place in 2013. This past year brought the creation of a brand new guideline: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NAFLD-NASH), which is available for download on the WGO Web site. The new guideline features cascade options for diagnosis in patients with suspected NAFLD-NASH and a therapy cascade for extensive, medium, and limited resources. NAFLD-NASH are now the number one cause of liver disease in western countries and play an equally important role in the Middle East, Far East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Led by Professor Douglas LaBrecque, United States, this guideline was created with a global representation from Pakistan, Austria, Malaysia, Russia, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, India, Croatia, Canada, France, and the Netherlands (Table 1).



Under the direction of Professor Julio Bai, Argentina, the newly updated Celiac Disease Guideline features a cascade for the diagnostic management of celiac disease. This cascade focuses on resource constraints when diagnosing the condition—with limited resources, for example a simple antiTG IgA could be considered to diagnose celiac disease.

The recently updated Obesity Guideline is unique in having been updated to include 5 appendices: Nutrition, Pharmacotherapy, Lifestyle Changes, Surgery, and Obesity and the Elderly. The guideline, led by James Toouli, Australia, and Elisabeth Mathus-Vliegen, the Netherlands, is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Portuguese. You may also view the WGO Review Article on Obesity and the Elderly written by co-author Professor Elisabeth Mathus-Vliegen, on the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology’s Web site.

The Acute Diarrhea Guideline, led by Professor Michael Farthing, was also updated in 2012. This guideline now features specific information on pediatric aspects of acute diarrhea. This aspect has been built by special advisor Dr Mohammed Abdus Salem of the ICDDR-Bangladesh. The guideline has a cascade for acute, severe, watery diarrhea—cholera-like with severe dehydration. There is also a cascade for acute, mild/moderate, watery diarrhea—with mild/moderate dehydration, and finally, the guideline has a third cascade for acute bloody diarrhea—with mild/moderate dehydration.

Each of these global guidelines and cascades can be viewed and downloaded in up to 6 languages on the WGO Web site: The WGO is also pleased to share the creation of 2 important pages on the WGO Web site. The Guidelines and Cascades homepage is now translated into Mandarin ( and Russian (

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Along with the release of many updated Guidelines and Cascades comes the creation of 2 very important guidelines: A guideline on hepatitis C, led by Professor's Muhammad Umar of Pakistan, and Douglas LaBrecque of the United States, which will help support the 2013 World Digestive Health Day Campaign “LIVER CANCER: Act Now. Save Your Life Tomorrow. Awareness. Prevention. Detection. Treatment.” Also being created is a special guideline coming out of the 2012 World Digestive Health Day titled “Coping with Common GI Symptoms in the Community; a Global Perspective.” This is the first guideline with key gastrointestinal symptoms as a starting point such as heartburn, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and constipation. It is also unique having 3 care levels as the Cascade approach: from the view of the pharmacist, the primary care doctor, and a specialist. With this approach the aim is to build another unique and globally useful Guideline/Cascade that will help to cope with common but not disabling gastrointestinal complaints.

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