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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: November/December 2014 - Volume 48 - Issue 10 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000223
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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: lkopp@worldgastroenterology.org).

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WGO’S NEWEST EDUCATIONAL OFFERING IS NOW AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES!

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is pleased to announce that its newest educational opportunity: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): What is it, what causes it and can I do anything about it?; a web-based educational program for the general public, is now available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. View any of these languages by visiting http://client.blueskybroadcast.com/WGO/index.html.

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This particular program, which developed from the World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2012 theme “From Heartburn to Constipation—Common GI Symptoms in the Community: Impact and Interpretation,” will target those common symptoms most associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and will focus, in particular, on an approach to educate the general public on issues related to this condition. Given that it is now known that IBS is not only common globally but may feature differences in demographics, symptomatology, and even in the terminology used to describe its symptoms in different parts of the world, a more universal approach to IBS is very timely and will be developed in this program. Furthermore, the sufferer and the health care provider continue to experience considerable frustration in the management of this disorder at a time when considerable progress has been made; this program will provide an update on all that is new and helpful in IBS management.

The program, led by Professors Eamonn Quigley, USA, WGO Foundation Chair, Richard Hunt, UK, WGO Foundation Vice Chair, Pali Hungin, UK, and Anton Emmanuel, UK, is available as an entire program, or as individual segments based on the viewer’s interest. The topics covered include—Segment 1: “What is IBS?” and “How to communicate symptoms to help the doctor make the right diagnosis”; Segment 2: “Progress in IBS” and “Could it be something else?”; Segment 3: “What can I do to deal with my symptoms?” and “How about diet and dietary supplements?”; and Segment 4: “Managing IBS” and “Living with IBS,” Begin viewing the webcast by visiting http://client.blueskybroadcast.com/WGO/index.html. To learn more about World Digestive Health Day, visit http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/world-digestive-health-day-year.html.

This webcast was created thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Almirall.

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GASTRO 2015: AGW/WGO INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

Save the date for the upcoming 2015 meeting between the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and the WGO to take place September 28 to October 2, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia! Continue to watch for announcements as more details regarding the Congress are available. For more information, visit http://www.agw-wgogastro2015.com.

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WDHD 2014

Each year on May 29 the WGO celebrates WDHD to raise awareness about a particular digestive or liver disease. These campaigns seek to reach not just gastroenterologists, but other health care practitioners, as well as the general public. The theme for 2014 is “GUT MICROBES: Importance in Health and Disease.” The campaign involves >100 of WGO’s member societies and regional affiliates and is promoted throughout the world. WGO, together with its Foundation, compiles a list of resources and tools to support the campaign, along with a selection of Global Guidelines. This year, several WGO Global Guidelines provided support to the WDHD campaign—each incorporating not just the unique Cascade approach, but also translation into languages such as Portuguese, Mandarin, French, Russian, and Spanish. Relevant guidelines have included those on Probiotics-prebiotics, IBS, IBD, Helicobacter pylori, Acute Diarrhea, and NAFLD-NASH. To further support the 2014 campaign, one of WGO’s newest guidelines on Common GI Symptoms in the Community was recently developed, and the Probiotics-prebiotics is newly updated.

In 2014, an impressive number of videos compiled by, and with, various international partners led to a phenomenal global reach to not only gastroenterologists, but all health care professionals. Thanks to the contributions of experts throughout the globe, a WGO Handbook on Gut Microbes was created. Topics include: Functions of the gut microbiota, The gut microbiota in IBD, and Metabolic syndrome, Probiotics in diarrheal diseases, and Functional bowel disorders, Fecal microbiota transplant, and much, much more! Begin reading the Handbook by visiting http://www.wgofoundation.org/2014-resources.

Additional resources include a podcast created by the American College of Gastroenterology featuring Professor Eamonn Quigley, and highlights the benefits of probiotics and offers tips for choosing and taking these beneficial bacteria. Listen to Probiotics: What You Need to Know by clicking here: http://s3.gi.org/media/quigley_podcast/Quigley_Podcast.mp3. One of these years partners, The Gut Microbiota and Health Section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) has provided a first set of e-learning slides on gut microbiota dedicated to gastroenterologists. It contains a selection of scientific information about the human gut microbiota. This e-learning has been developed in cooperation with the WGO, and is split into 4 parts: Introduction, Diarrhea, Colonic diseases, and Questions from patients. To begin viewing, visit http://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/e-learning2014-6182.

To date, 20 countries participated in WDHD 2014, with events including public awareness campaigns, walkathons, health check-up camps, courses and lectures for health care professionals, national meetings, press conferences, creating a country’s own WDHD, media activities, and much more. Highlights appeared in each issue of the quarterly e-WGN throughout 2014 as well as the monthly WGO e-Alert.

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FOUR MORE TRAINING CENTERS JOIN WGO

WGO is pleased to welcome four additional Training Centers! The Centers are located in Portugal, Sudan, China, and India, bringing the total number of Training Centers to 21, and they each help further the mission to establish and nurture core training centers for primary and advanced GI training in locations of need, thereby, improving the standard of training at a grass roots level while ensuring a focus on regionally relevant diseases. Announcements will be made as each Center celebrates its official opening as a WGO-endorsed Training Center.

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