Secondary Logo

Journal Logo


World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Author Information
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: September 2018 - Volume 52 - Issue 8 - p 1-2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001103
  • Free


The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) has announced the release of a new Diet and the Gut Guideline. This new Guideline is chaired by Professor Govind Makharia of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition in New Delhi, India and Professor Peter Gibson of the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. It is intended for use by health providers, including family-care and primary-care physicians, gastroenterologists, pharmacists, and nutritionists/dietitians around the world. The general public—and in particular those who suffer from gastrointestinal ailments—rightly perceive their diet as being a major determinant of such symptoms and seek guidance on optimal dietary regimens.

This Global WGO Guideline includes a set of cascades intended to provide context-sensitive and resource-sensitive options for the dietary approach to gastrointestinal conditions. Through the WGO cascades, the WGO Guidelines program aims to provide clinical practice recommendations that are useful in many different environments across the world. With WGO “cascades,” the intention is to recognize differences in disease epidemiology, sociocultural factors, and health care provision that exist in different parts of the world and the ways in which they preclude, in most instances, the promulgation of a “one size fits all” or a single gold-standard approach.

This guideline was produced in connection with the World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) held in 2016 on the theme of “Diet and the Gut.” The Guideline Development Review Team consisted of experts on the WDHD theme as well as invited experts, including diet and nutrition specialists, pharmacists, and primary-care physicians: Govind Makharia (chair, India), Peter Gibson (co-chair, Australia), Julio Bai (Argentina), Sheila Crowe (United States), Tarkan Karakan (Turkey), Yeong Yeh Lee (Malaysia), Lyndal McNamara (Australia), Jane Muir (Australia), Nevin Oruc (Turkey), Eamonn Quigley (United States), David Sanders (United Kingdom), Caroline Tuck (Australia), Cihan Yurdaydin (Turkey), and Anton LeMair (the Netherlands). The guideline can be accessed at


WGO is proud to announce its TTT workshop in Sudan a resounding success! Since TTT began in 2001, over 1000 educators have attended this unique program to hone their skills in adult education. The 26th WGO TTT workshop took place this past 18 to 21 April 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan. This interactive workshop was organized by the WGO and the Sudanese Society of Gastroenterology with support from the American College of Gastroenterology. It was made up of 17 modules, included lectures, small group discussions, and hands-on sessions while creating the opportunity for everybody to engage in an open discussion on many topics related to teaching and training.

In particular, TTT Sudan 2018 was an intensive 4-day course focused on improving the abilities and educational skills of trainers in the field of digestive health. Sudan 2018 brought together renowned faculty members from WGO (trainers) and participants (trainees) from 16 different countries and settings around the world, in an enabling environment to improve their potential for teaching. For the first time a participant came from Eritrea, which never before sent a participant to a TTT workshop. Also successful was the 2-day advanced TTT workshop, entitled “Leadership and Management II,” held in Porto, Portugal from 25 to 26 June 2018. This was hosted by WGO, the Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology (PSG), and the WGO Porto Training Center. Registration for the workshop was open to all 113 WGO Member Societies as well as over 1000 TTT alumni and featured lectures in various leadership and management areas.


The next WGO International Conference, Gastro 2018 to WGO/GAT International Conference: Global Perspectives in Gastroenterology, will be held in partnership with the Gastroenterological Association of Thailand (GAT), together with the Thai Association for the Study of the Liver (THASL), the Thai Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (TNMS), and the Thai Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TAGE). Gastro 2018 will be held 5 to 8 December 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand. This is a significant event that brings together professionals from the gastroenterology community to enhance professional knowledge, gain new insights, and exchange expertise.

An outstanding scientific program over 3 and a half days of academic excellence varies from state of the art lecture, symposia, interactive sessions, and postgraduate course has been planned. Hotspot sessions are included for attendees to join in the intriguing discussions and debates. Best practices in the different regions will be shared and debated. In addition, the Oral Paper and Poster Competitions planned will be an excellent platform for the latest quality research findings and clinical contributions to be showcased.

We look forward to your support toward an exciting meeting that promises great scientific debate and enjoyable social networking with all distinguished guests and colleagues from around the world in Bangkok at Gastro 2018.

For more information, please visit the meeting website at

Copyright © 2018 World Gastroenterology Organisation. All rights reserved.