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A Celebration of Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai!

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: March 2014 - Volume 48 - Issue 3 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000072
WGO News

World Gastroenterology Organisation, Milwaukee, WI

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

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) along with the Asian Pacific Digestive Week Federation (APDWF), Chinese Societies of Digestive Diseases (CSDD), and World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) are honored to have been part of this outstanding World Congress, which for the first time took place in China! For those of you who attended, we hope that you found Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG Shanghai a positive experience and one that continues to benefit your work and research in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and the related disciplines in which we are engaged.

With an impressive attendance record of over 6000 delegates, faculty, nurses, exhibitors, and guests from around the globe, we are privileged to have provided all who attended with the most up-to-date information, as well as practical and technological advances delivered by the most esteemed faculty members and sponsors. It is our commitment to providing a quality program to all delegates at an outstanding venue that continues to fuel our goal that for all physicians in every country should benefit from the knowledge shared during our quadrennial congresses.

On Saturday, September 21, two very exciting and important educational activities took place: the Postgraduate Course and Live Demonstration Endoscopy. The Live Demonstration Endoscopy Course, put on by the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO), is covered in a special WEO article in the December 2013 issue of e-WGN ( The Postgraduate Course offered participants a full 1-day course on key topics, from GERD, to hepatitis C, to acute pancreatitis, upper and lower GI, liver disease, and biliary-pancreatic disorders. Twenty-one faculty members got the Congress off to an exceptional start. To view more information and the materials for the Postgraduate Course, download the syllabus by visiting



One of the many exciting symposia during Gastro 2013.

Following these 2 courses, postgraduates and delegates alike were invited to the Opening Ceremony, which featured dancing by the Shanghai Dance Theatre/Shanghai Oriental Youth Dance Troupe, as well as an introduction of the partner organization leadership and Congress Steering Committee who were accompanied by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Office of the Mayor of Shanghai. The leadership each gave a brief speech welcoming all attendees to the Congress.

The Main Program—which can be viewed in more detail by downloading the Final Program on the Gastro 2013 website (—featured 34 dynamic symposia in 1 of 4 tracks: upper GI, lower GI, endoscopy, and liver disease. During the 3 days, participants were presented with the latest scientific and clinical achievements by more than 150 renowned experts from around the globe. The faculty was pleased to present a program that met the diverse educational needs of the attendees, which covered the broad field, and that emphasized topics, which currently are of great interest.

Each morning of the Main Program during the Plenary Sessions, the highly prestigious Named Lectureships of the organizing partners took place. To view more details on the speakers and sessions, view the Gastro 2013 article in the July 2013 issue of e-WGN by downloading a copy at WGO was honored to have its 2 Lectureships given by 2 highly respected professors in the field. Professor Michael Farthing, United Kingdom, presented the Henry L. Bockus Medal and Lecture, with his talk being Research misconduct: A grand global challenge for the 21st Century. Professor Geoffrey Farrell, Australia, the speaker for the Georges Brohée Medal Lecture, spoke on New view on pathogenesis of NASH and how it should inform management. To view their full summaries, download the December 2013 issue of e-WGN (

Also taking place during the Main Program were 44 oral presentations chosen as the highest scoring abstracts and presented throughout the 9 Free Paper Sessions. In addition, 9 Working Party Reports, a distinctive feature of each World Congress, were chosen out of the 28 high-quality proposals submitted and their findings were presented over the 3 Main Program days. If you were unable to attend Gastro 2013 or did not have the opportunity to be present during the Working Party Report sessions, you can access them online by downloading a copy of the Working Party Executive Summaries (

Several lunch and evening satellite symposia were held throughout the Congress, organized by the biomedical industry and open to all Congress participants. To read more about the various industry sponsored symposia, download a copy of the Final Program (



Congress participants view the various posters in the Silver hall during Gastro 2013.

The Congress was supported by numerous sponsors who assisted in making the Congress the success that it was. From sponsoring sessions, to registration, to various Congress materials, the Congress partners are extremely appreciative of the generous contributions of our Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors and all those who exhibited during Gastro 2013!

Also taking place before and during the Congress was the Young Clinicians Program (YCP), led by Professors Kaichun Wu from Xi’an and Duo-wu Zou from Shanghai. Fifty-eight delegates from 24 countries participated in the program, which focused on gastric cancer, liver cirrhosis, IBD, and pancreatitis, taught by 12 esteemed faculty members.

A record number of abstracts were submitted and well over 1700 posters were accepted for display in the exhibition hall during Gastro 2013. To view the abstracts presented at the Congress, which have been printed in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, visit to download your copy.

WGO also conducted various exciting activities to include an exhibit booth featuring the many programs and activities of WGO, with a special aspect of the booth being multiple materials available in Mandarin—especially related to WGO’s Guidelines and Cascades—as a celebration of the World Congress taking place in China and, secondly, a special Train the Trainers Symposium by 4 of the TTT faculty members: Professors James Toouli, Damon Bizos, Geoffrey Metz, and Alejandro Piscoya. In addition, various key WGO-related meetings also took place including the General Assembly, in which over 30 member societies were in attendance. Many important actions took place during the meeting including the handover of the WGO Presidency, the ratification of the 4 new WGO Member Societies—the Bangladesh Society of Gastroenterology, Ethiopian Gastroenterology Association, Gastroenterohepatology Association of Montenegro, and the Uzbekistan Society of Pediatric Gastroenterologists and Dieticians—as well as ratification of the WGO Statutes & By-laws, the presentation of the 2013 to 2015 Nominations for WGO Committees, Interest Groups and Task Forces, the ceremony for the Masters of the WGO (MWGO) award recipients, and the official vote for the 2017 World Congress, which will take place in collaboration with the American College of Gastroenterology in the Americas, in Orlando, FL. In addition, the various WGO Programs were discussed and their successes were celebrated.



Professor Cihan Yurdaydin, Secretary General addresses the General Assembly.

We also celebrated the exciting happenings in our field and continue to receive positive feedback from many of you regarding the presentations and lectures and how they will benefit you in your future treatment of patients. We hope that you enjoyed your stay in Shanghai and were also able to enjoy some of the culture that made it a unique destination for Gastro 2013. Be sure to keep reading e-WGN and monitor the for information on upcoming meetings! We look forward to seeing each one of you at upcoming WGO joint meetings, which include a meeting in collaboration with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 2015, collaboration with The Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society in 2016, and as mentioned above, the next World Congress, Gastro 2017, in the Americas, in Orlando, FL!

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