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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2019 - Volume 53 - Issue 7 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001240

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Why You Should Attend the 2019 World Congress in Istanbul?

  • The World Congress of Gastroenterology is the premier biennial scientific meeting for digestive diseases. In 2019 we are proud to partner with the Turkish Society of Gastroenterology (TSG).
  • Top class scientific program encompassing key areas in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, GI Endoscopy, and Surgery delivered by over 100 regional and international leaders in the field.
  • An exceptional Postgraduate Course, featuring hot topics in gastroenterology, liver, microbiota, and advances in GI pharmacology.
  • Four concurrent sessions daily, hands-on workshops, both oral and poster presentations, and exhibitions. Unmatchable platform to showcase your products. Sessions will offer simultaneous translation in Turkish and Russian!
  • Over 4000 delegates from around the globe. This meeting will provide an opportunity for professionals in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology and related disciplines to come together to learn about the latest research and advancements, collaborate with colleagues and actively participate in this rapidly advancing field.
  • One of WGO’s pillars are Guidelines and Cascades. Featured in the scientific program will be presentations on many of these, including: Celiac Disease, Diet and the Gut, GERD, HCC, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, IBD, IBS, NASH and NAFL, and Management of Strongyloidiasis.
  • Presentation of the Master of the WGO, the Henry L. Bockus Medal and Lecture delivered by Prof. Richard Kozarek (USA) as well as the Georges Brohée Medal and Lecture delivered by Prof. Michael Fried (Switzerland). These are among the leading awards in gastroenterology.
  • 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 unequalled natural beauty, offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. Seated on the Bosphorus, some of the most fascinating history will unfold before your eyes, as you visit this magnificent city.
  • Convenience of travel and stay: Getting to Istanbul is easy! Well-connected air flight schedules—served by over 50 international airlines at a brand-new international airport in addition to 2 other airports. Whether you are traveling from Latin America, Africa or Asia, the Istanbul International Airport has over 3000 flights per day. Top class hotels at affordable prices within walking distance from the congress venue.
  • Throughout the Congress, attendees will have opportunities to schedule tours and experience the many historic sites in and around Istanbul to learn about its traditions.

Don’t delay, register today by visiting! We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!

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WGO has announced the release of the newly updated Endoscope Disinfection Guideline—“A guide to resource sensitive reprocessing.”

Chaired by Dr Tony Speer (Australia), this Guideline is intended for use by health providers and professionals who are involved in the use, cleaning, and maintenance of endoscopes and aims to support national societies, official bodies and individual endoscopy departments in developing local standards and protocols for reprocessing endoscopes. Dr Speer notes at the outset that, “The most important step in endoscope reprocessing is scrupulous manual cleaning prior to disinfection. Disinfection will fail if cleaning has been inadequate.”

These WGO Guidelines result from a systematic development process for expert consensus based on the medical and scientific literature, existing practice guidelines and (regional) best-practice standards. The update addresses the recent outbreaks of multi drug resistant organisms after endoscopy and proposes measures to reduce the risks of these outbreaks occurring. The recommendations are based on the consensus findings of an international multidisciplinary working group with expertise in microbiology including biofilms, endoscope reprocessing, nursing and gastroenterology and with broad experience in developing national and international reprocessing guidelines. In addition to Dr Speer, this Review Team also included the following experts: Michelle Alfa (Canada), Alistair Cowen (Australia), Di Jones (Australia), Karen Vickery (Australia), Helen Griffiths (UK), Douglas Nelson (USA), Roque Sáenz (Chile), and Anton LeMair (the Netherlands).

The guideline can be accessed at

WGO has a library of 26 Global Guidelines, which are written from a viewpoint of global applicability. Each Guideline goes through a rigorous process of authoring, editing, and peer review, and is as evidence based as possible. WGO is the only organization whose guidelines have adopted a global focus. Each WGO guideline is available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish and is updated as new information and evidence is discovered. The Global Guidelines Committee meets each year to discuss updating and creating new guidelines and consists of 30-plus members from around the globe.

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The new Diet and the Gut Guideline is now available in Mandarin translations. All translations can be found on the WGO website at

The new Pancreatic Cystic Lesions Guideline is now published in Russian at

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WGO is proud to announce that its latest Train the Trainers workshop was an unqualified success! Since TTT began in 2001, over 1000 educators have attended this unique program to hone their skills in adult education. The 27th WGO TTT workshop took place April 1-14, 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. This interactive workshop was organized by WGO and the Romanian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (SRGH), 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.

TTT is a highly successful program designed to disseminate teaching skills to those gastroenterologists who hold training positions in their own countries. Delegates are equipped with both skills and tools which they can then implement on their home ground. Not only has this workshop been enthusiastically received by all WGO member societies around the world, it continues to provide an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and the establishment of contacts between various countries, in an environment which is conducive to learning and interaction.

The 2019 TTT Bucharest workshop was a notable addition as it was the first workshop in Eastern Europe in many years. Romania welcomed participants and faculty from 26 countries including several participants from WGO Member Societies that had never before participated in a TTT workshop.

Going beyond the seminars, the workshop also sought to bring the participants and faculty together through a variety of teambuilding and small group activities that highlighted the beauty and history of Romania culture. All attendees were treated to the best of Bucharest by their kind Romanian hosts.




Around the world, cancers related to the digestive system, including colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, and esophageal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma), collectively known as GI Cancers are among the 10 most common malignant diseases. Putting the figures together, GI Cancers constitute >25% of all cancer incidences globally.

Unlike many other malignant diseases, however, GI Cancers are preventable if proper measures are taken and also treatable when diagnosed early before the advanced stages are reached. There is good evidence to show that treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, screening for colorectal cancers using stool test and/or colonoscopy, and surveillance of the esophagus in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett esophagus can lead to reduced incidence and improved outcomes for these conditions.

It is because of these encouraging results that the WGO has launched a year-round program in support of WDHD 2019 focusing on GI Cancers.

For access to WDHD 2019 tools and resources, which may benefit physicians, allied health care professionals, patients and the general public, visit To read about WDHD 2019 events and success stories or to submit an event visit

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