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Gastro 2015! Brisbane, Australia Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: September 2015 - Volume 49 - Issue 8 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000388

World Gastroenterology Organisation, Milwaukee, WI

Reprints: Marissa G. Lopez, World Gastroenterology Organisation, 555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (e-mail:

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Brisbane, Australia: Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2

If you haven’t yet registered for Gastro 2015, don’t delay! Brisbane will be a popular choice for both local and international visitors, with school holidays and the promise of ideal temperatures and sunshine.

In planning this world congress, the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) and the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) have ticked all the boxes. A diverse scientific program, painstakingly crafted by senior members of the gastroenterology community, will be delivered by a truly international mix of speakers in a casual, relaxed environment.

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Spotlight on the Presidents’ Plenary

The Presidents’ Plenary sessions on day 1 of the official congress program begin with the traditional Bushell Lecture and WGO Distinguished Lecture, followed by the “Presidents’ Picks”—visionary talks paired with the highest ranked submitted abstracts selected by the Scientific Program Committee.

Associate Professor Don Cameron, President of GESA, said the increasing global burden of liver disease made it fitting that Professor Michael Manns of Germany, a hepatology expert, will deliver this year’s prestigious Bushell Lecture.

“Professor Manns, President Elect of United European Gastroenterology (UEG), heads a team of researchers focusing on viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation, regenerative medicine, and cell therapy,” said Professor Cameron.

The choice for the WGO Distinguished Lecturer was clear to Professor James Toouli, President of WGO.



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“Australia’s own Professor Barry Marshall, the gastroenterological world’s only Nobel Laureate, was the obvious choice,” said Professor Toouli. “We are hoping to get some insights into his latest research, including establishing a Helicobacter type culture collection or bio bank.”

Concluding the Presidents’ Plenary is a fast-paced session featuring Australian and international speakers, each delivering a “punchy 12 minutes of hard science, clinical relevance, futurism, wisdom, and whimsy.”

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Things to Do in Brisbane in the Spring

  • Unique animal encounters: cuddle a koala at the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary—Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. See the Humpback and Southern Right Whales as they tend their young in the calm waters of Moreton Bay.
  • Queensland Cultural Precinct: watch theater, visit the art gallery; state library, or museum; listen to live music; or catch a comedy show in South Bank.
  • Story Bridge: climb or abseil off it. This is one of the only bridges in the world to offer both.
  • Eat Street Markets: enjoy delicious international foods created by the “best of the best” local chefs at Hamilton Wharf on Friday or Saturday nights.
  • South Bank Parklands: take a walk, cycle, or have a dip at a beautiful inner city beach.

Add a few days to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef—dive with turtles and manta rays, and explore the world’s largest coral in this world heritage site.

Onsite registration opens on September 27, 2015! To register for Gastro 2015 or learn more, visit:

For further information please contact:

Maria Padua: or +61 2 9554 8057

Jeanne LaBash-Lewis: or +61 2 9126 9223



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Each year the WGO exhibits at major GI meetings around the world. This year WGO will have exhibit booths at: Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2015 in Washington, DC; Gastro 2015: AGW-WGO International Congress in Brisbane, Australia; the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2015 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI; and the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week in Barcelona, Spain.

Stop by the WGO booth to learn about the WGO and its Foundation, becoming a Member Society and the benefits of membership, the Train the Trainers program, WGO’s 23 Training Centers around the world, the Training Center Partner Program, information on WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades, the Outreach Program, and the World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) campaign.

Are you a WGO Member Society looking to pay your membership dues in person? Visit the WGO booth during Gastro 2015, ACG, or UEG Week to do so.

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Gastro 2015 exhibit hours are:

Monday, September 28, 2015 from 09:00 to 20:00.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 09:00 to 17:30.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 09:00 to 17:30.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 09:00 to 17:30.

Friday, October 2, 2015 from 09:00 to 10:30.



ACG exhibit hours are:

Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00.

Monday, October 19, 2015 from 09:30 to 16:00.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 0900 to 16:00.

Visit WGO at booth #836!



UEG exhibit hours are:

Monday, October 26, 2015 from 09:00 to 17:00.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 09:00 to 17:00.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 09:00 to 14:00.

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