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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: April 2019 - Volume 53 - Issue 4 - p 1–2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001197

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September 21 to 24, 2019

The next World Congress of Gastroenterology will be organized with World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) and Turkish Society of Gastroenterology (TSG). It will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Registration is open!

Visit the World Congress of Gastroenterology 2019 website to learn more about early bird registration, abstract submission, hotel accommodations, and much more at

Istanbul, the only city in the world built on 2 continents, has a strategic setting forming the city’s destiny as an imperial capital for nearly 1600 years, for Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. This metropolis proud of its rich history and unequaled natural beauty offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. It will be hard to imagine a more historic part of the world as a focal point for the meetings and congresses in Istanbul. Seated on the Bosphorus, some of the most fascinating history will unfold before your eyes, as you visit this magnificent city.

Recent years have seen dramatic developments in the clinical investigation of digestive function. In relation to those developments, the WGO-TSG Istanbul 2019 congress will include keynote presentations, oral presentations, poster presentations, and exhibitions.

Important World Congress of Gastroenterology Dates

ABSTRACT submission closes: May 31, 2019

Paper review and acceptance: June, 2019

Early bird registration closes: June 30, 2019

Online registration closes: September 1, 2019

Onsite registration opens: September 21, 2019

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Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer

The focus of WDHD 2019 is early diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer. WGO and The WGO Foundation (WGOF) encourage all WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers, Regional Affiliate Associations, and other global partners to organize events to advocate for and raise awareness of the early diagnosis and treatment of GI cancers throughout 2019. The campaign this year is led by WDHD 2019 Co-Chairs Dr Kentaro Sugano of Japan and Dr Joseph Sung of Hong Kong, and the WDHD 2019 Steering Committee with global representation and expertise. To meet the Steering Committee, please visit



We invite you to submit your WDHD 2019–related events for listing on the WDHD 2019 Events and Success Stories webpage at Some events may also be featured in e-WGN, the official newsletter of WGO. To read the latest issue of e-WGN, please visit

In addition, we encourage you to join the GI cancer conversation on social media and show your support WDHD 2019 by tagging WGO on Facebook (World Digestive Health Day—WDHD) and Twitter (@WGOF_WDHD). Be sure to include #WDHD2019 in your post. Please visit

For more information about WDHD 2019, to obtain the WDHD 2019 logo, or to access resources, visit

Thank you for supporting WGO and WGOF in promoting improved global GI health.

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The WGO Guidelines Library contains practice guidelines written from a viewpoint of global applicability. WGO Guidelines are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, and Russian. While each guideline includes references to other relevant guidelines, WGO is the only organization which has adopted a global focus. Cascade-based WGO guidelines offer different options for diagnosis and treatment depending on the available resources.

The Updated Celiac Disease Guideline is now available in French, Mandarin, and Russian translations (Portuguese and Spanish are soon to come). For the first time ever WGO has also published a Persian version of this guideline.

In addition, the updated Management of Strongyloidiasis Guideline is published in the Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish translations. French will be published soon.

The translations of the new Diet and the Gut Guideline are in process and will be available this year.

All these can be viewed on the WGO website at

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