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Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai and WDHD 2013 Updates

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: May/June 2013 - Volume 47 - Issue 5 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31828d64cc
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Join us in Shanghai for Gastro 2013 and don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in this important meeting.

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Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2013 | World Congress of Gastroenterology

September 21 to 24, 2013 | Shanghai Expo Center, Shanghai, China

A World Congress in Asia!

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View the Scientific Program Online TODAY!

A dynamic, stimulating, and varied scientific program of the highest quality will be presented, taking a global perspective while recognizing the special concerns of the Asian Pacific region. The Gastro 2013 Scientific Program can be viewed online at

Among the many highlights, the Program, which combines a full 1-day Postgraduate Course/Live Demonstration Endoscopy Program with the 3-day Main Meeting will result in a golden opportunity to be informed of the latest scientific achievements, to discuss recent discoveries, and finally to renew both professional and personal friendships with peers from around the world.

View the Scientific Program at a Glance on the Gastro 2013 website.

View the Scientific Program at a Glance on the Gastro 2013 website.

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Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai Registration is NOW OPEN!

We will be delighted to welcome you to Shanghai for Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai and hope that you will elect to be part of this outstanding scientific program in this exceptional city. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in this important meeting.

Register today for Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai and take advantage of our Regular Registration fees!

Registrations will only be accepted through the Online Registration system. Please visit the Gastro 2013 website at for details on how to register for the Congress.

Mark your calendar for these important dates

August 15, 2013: Regular Registration Deadline

August 16, 2013: Onsite Registration Begins

September 21 to 24, 2013: Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai

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Gastro 2013 Housing and Transportation Information

The Congress has selected a variety of hotels in nice and convenient locations close to the Congress Venue or in the City Center at special rates for Gastro 2013 participants. To view a listing of recommended hotels for your visit to Shanghai please visit the official Congress website at

Reserve your transportation services today! A detailed listing of transportation services that are available to book can be found on the Gastro 2013 website at Both hotel accommodations and transportation services can be booked during the Congress registration process.

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Congress Tour Information

The city of Shanghai will be an ideal setting for Gastro 2013. We encourage you and those who accompany you to tour our great city during your visit. You will have a multitude of opportunities to experience the culture and history of Shanghai. You may want 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 Congress offers a variety of tours for tourists of all kinds. To view a listing of tours, please visit the Gastro 2013 website at

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For More Information

Visit day or night for updates and complete information regarding the Congress. The website will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. If you would like to receive notifications regarding Gastro 2013, join our mailing list! Simply visit,, scroll to the bottom of any Gastro 2013 webpage and enter your email address in the “be added to the congress mailing list” submission box. Gastro 2013 will send you reminders as deadlines draw closer and the latest news regarding the Congress. Gastro 2013 is on Facebook and Twitter; follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook by visiting the Gastro 2013 website.

World Digestive Health Day 2013

LIVER CANCER: Act Today. Save Your Life Tomorrow.

Awareness. Prevention. Detection. Treatment

Awareness. Prevention. Detection. Treatment

Another successful World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) is well underway. Events have been taking place since 2012 in support of the 2013 theme, with many more to come. The 2013 WDHD seeks to raise awareness of the growing health crisis of Liver Cancer and reduce the number of individuals affected by supporting the worldwide fight to bring recognition through education and training concerning this disease. Prevention, early detection, treatment, and curability, supported by relevant epidemiological and clinical data, will be the main focus of the 2013 campaign. Through a multifaceted approach, to include local and regional campaigns and conferences, the WDHD 2013 campaign will endeavor to inform health care providers and the community at large of the prevalence, risk factors, and causes of liver cancer and to present an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to the prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and its underlying causes.

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Multiple presentations on HCC have taken place including 2 during the 5th Hepatology and Gastroenterology Postgraduate Course December 8, 2012 in Cairo titled “Medical management of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma” and “Hepatitis C and cryoglobulinemia; an update,” and another in February 2013 during the 16th International Congress of the Egyptian Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Society in Hurghada.

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A WDHD 2013 conference will be held June 6 in the city of Almaty, through the National Gastroenterology Association of Kazakhstan, under the direction of Professor Roza Bektayeva.

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A Hepatitis Awareness Program—awareness, screening, and vaccination camp—took place February 2 in Khyber, Hyderabad, arranged jointly by AIMS Hospital and Aga Khan Health Services. One-thousand people were screened and Professor Sadik Memon delivered a comprehensive talk regarding Hepatitis B Vaccination and Hepatitis C Vaccination management.

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A conference on “HCC: global warning, global answers” will take place May 31.

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United Arab Emirates

The Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Conference 2013 devoted 2 hours of EGHC 2013 scientific programming to cover HCC, during their annual meeting March 22 to 24 in Dubai.

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During the 2012 annual American Association for the Study of Liver’s meeting November 9 to 13 in Boston, a 2-hour symposium on HCC: Geographical Challenges, took place.

A presentation was given by WDHD 2013 Chairman Dr Douglas LaBrecque on February 5 in California titled “World digestive health day 2013—liver cancer.” Goals of the program included making those aware of the burden of liver disease in the United States and the steady and rapid rise in incidence of HCC, including the fact that most cases are diagnosed only at an advanced stage; recognizing the critical role of the primary care health provider in addressing this national public health problem; and becoming aware of the global health crisis due to liver disease, especially viral hepatitis and HCC, and place the severity of this health problem in perspective with other global health problems.

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Various activities will be taking place at the Hospital Universitario from February through May, 2013. A meeting with the community “How to Prevent Liver Cancer” took place in February, a exhibition by medical students for the community on “What is HCC” took place in March, a course on HCC—screening and management strategies—took place in April, and a Walk For Health will take place on May 19. Educational materials are also being developed in support of the campaign.

A symposium on “How to get to hepatocarcinoma,” coordinated by Dr Maribel Lizarzabel, will be held on May 23. It will include lectures on: “From hepatitis B and C to HCC involved mechanisms,” “Alcoholism and its relationship with cirrhosis and liver cancer,” “Metabolic syndrome-hepatic steatosis-insulin resistance-obesity may be attached to cirrhosis and HCC?,” “Impact of the images for screening—diagnosis and treatment of HCC,” and “Utility of HCC screening and therapeutic alternatives.”

To read full-event summaries and more about what is taking place around the globe in 2013, download a copy of the quarterly e-WGN newsletter, here:

For a full listing of events taking place, visit

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