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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: October 2018 - Volume 52 - Issue 9 - p 1–2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001111
WGO News
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NEXT WEBINAR OF THE “MICROBIOTA HARD TALKS—LIVE FROM TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE IN NOVEMBER!

The Microbiota Hard Talks webinar series aims to provide medical education in the field of the human gut microbiota. These interactive sessions will offer the chance to join experts and like-minded colleagues from around the globe on state-of-the-art microbiota topics.

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: DYSBIOTIC MICROBIOTA: FACTS AND FICTION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MHT2018!

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect LIVE in 2018! More than 8000 health care professionals, from all over the globe, connected LIVE during the webinar series broadcasts in 2017. Register now for the 2018 webinar series at http://edge.media-server.com/m/s/ezz7g8i2/P/pg6bwph9/lan/en/?referrer=5nzqxt97.

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TRAIN THE TRAINERS (TTT) ADVANCED WORKSHOP IN PORTUGAL

In partnership between World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), the Sociedade Portuguesa de Gastrenterología (PSG) and the WGO Porto Gastroenterology and Hepatology Training Center, the Advanced TTT: Leadership and Management II, took place June 25 to 26, in Porto, Portugal. The advanced 2-day workshop was comprising 30 participants, half of whom were women, and 9 faculty members from 16 different countries. This was truly an international TTT, as there was representation of participants and/or faculty members from all 4 of WGO’s member society regions of Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa/Middle East, and the Americas. In addition, as nearly all participants had attended a standard 4-day TTT in the past, this allowed them to reconnect with other participants and/or faculty members they had met at previous TTTs in the past.

The Advanced TTT included 12 modules with topics varying from The Difficult Colleague and the Difficulty Trainee, Working in Teams, Leadership in Medicine, and Resource Allocation and Budgets, among others. In the small group discussions, each team was provided a different real work-related problem, in which they were to use the knowledge they recently acquired, to work together on a solution to present back to all participants. Throughout the entire workshop, there was great engagement and dialogue shared between all participants the faculty members.

Outside of the seminars, there were some social activities that allowed the participants and faculty members to network and create lasting partnerships across the globe, while enjoying the beautiful views that Porto has to offer in every direction.

We would also like to give thanks to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), for their continued support of the TTT Program.

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GASTRO 2018—REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 15, 2018

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The next WGO International Conference, Gastro 2018—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 on December 5 to 8, 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 www.gastro2018bangkok.com.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE WORLD CONGRESS OF GASTROENTEROLOGY 2019!

The next World Congress of Gastroenterology, the World Congress of Gastroenterology 2019, will be held in partnership with The Turkish Society of Gastroenterology (TSG), September 21 to 24, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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WGO EXHIBITS AROUND THE GLOBE IN 2018

Each year the WGO exhibits at major GI meetings around the world. In the coming months, in addition to Gastro 2018—WGO/GAT International Conference: Global Perspectives in Gastroenterology in Bangkok, WGO will have exhibit booths at the ACG’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (October 5 to 10); 26th United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week 2018 in Vienna, Austria (October 20 to 24); The Liver Meeting 2018 in San Francisco, CA (November 9 to 13); Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW 2018) in Seoul, Korea (November 15 to 18); and Pan American Digestive Disease Week (Semana Panamericana de las Enfermedades Digestivas) in Sao Paulo, Brazil (November 17 to 21).

Stop by the WGO booth at these conferences to learn about the WGO and its Foundation, becoming a Member Society and the benefits of membership, the TTT program, WGO’s 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 any of these conferences.

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WGO GUIDELINES—NEW GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD) TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE

New French and Spanish-language versions of the GERD Guidelines have recently been published on the WGO website.

GERD can be defined as troublesome symptoms sufficient to impair an individual’s quality of life, or injury or complications that result from the retrograde flow of gastric contents into the esophagus, oropharynx, and/or respiratory tract. Reflux-induced symptoms, erosive esophagitis, and long-term complications may have severely deleterious effects on daily activities, work productivity, sleep, and quality of life. The Montreal definition of GERD states that “troublesome symptoms” may be considered to be moderate to severe symptoms that occur on ≥1 days per week. The translations can be accessed here: www.worldgastroenterology.org/guidelines/global-guidelines/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease.

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