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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2020 - Volume 54 - Issue 7 - p 1-2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001387
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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19 and has developed and curated resources for our global community of Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Endoscopists, related disciplines and health care workers.

In addition to providing links to resources from leading health care groups around the world, WGO experts have published statements and papers on our website (, including:


Gastroenterology Practice in COVID-19 Pandemic

Authored by Lu Xia, MD, PhD and Kaichun Wu, MD

WGO Guidance for Patients With COVID-19 and Liver Disease

Contributed by members of the Hepatology Interest Group of WGO

Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2: Role in Management of the Disease

The purpose of this report is to outline the role of testing for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2in the management of COVID-19.

Personal Care and Stress Management

This pandemic has been highlighting the importance of mental health in professionals engaged in the different overwhelming challenges they nowadays deal while coping with COVID-19 outbreak. Their increased vulnerability is also related to the extensive media coverage, which amplifies fear and uncertainty, especially as there is no vaccine or definitive treatment so far.

Personal Protection Equipment for Endoscopy in Low Resource Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Desmond Leddin, MB, MSc, FRCPC, FRCPI, Chair, WGO Clinical Research Committee, in collaboration with members of the WGO Clinical Research Committee, wishes to provide guidance with regard to the utilization of personal protection equipment (PPE) for the prevention of infection from COVID-19 in health care workers performing gastrointestinal endoscopy, with special reference to low resource situations.

Virtual Care and Telemedicine for Gastroenterologists: Telemedicine in Digestive Diseases During COVID

Technology in medicine has become an integral part of medical practice. It has transformed the way in which patients and health care professionals interact. First, it was used to shared knowledge and experiences from specialists to primary-care providers, the main experience developed by ECHO Institute in the fight against hepatitis C. After that, telemonitor has been shown to facilitate chronic disease management, and many publications have been written for different specialties including gastroenterology and hepatology.

Management of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Contributed by Dr Charles Bernstein: Clinicians caring for patients with IBD are uncertain if persons with active IBD or persons with IBD on immunomodulatory medications are at any greater risk of either acquiring the infection or of having a more complicated course of the infection.

WGO also features COVID-19 resources from our Member Societies and Regional Affiliate Associations. Please visit for the latest information.

Gastro 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic: Registration and Abstract Submission are open.

World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is pleased to co-host its biyearly international conference, Gastro 2020, with the Czech Society of Gastroenterology (CSG), in Prague, Czech Republic. This joint meeting will be held from December 3–5, 2020.

Registration and abstract submission is open! Gastro 2020 will feature a postgraduate course along with several parallel sessions delivered by local, regional, and international experts covering major issues in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and related disciplines.

Abstract submission deadline: September 14, 2020

Abstracts must be submitted online using this Online Abstract Submission Form

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.
  • ABSTRACT body cannot exceed a limit of 300 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations).
  • Please structure your abstract using the following subheadings: Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Standard abbreviations do not need explanation. Further abbreviations must be defined in brackets after their first appearance in the text.
  • Tables, figures, and references should not be included.
  • The submitting author is responsible for the scientific content and the English language level of the abstract.
  • An automatically generated confirmation of the abstract submission will be sent to your email address. If you do not receive it within an hour, check your spam folder and otherwise contact us at
  • Please do not submit the same Abstract more than once.
  • Changes in the submitted Abstract can be made before the Abstract submission deadline. Please contact us by email, if You need to make changes in Your submitted Abstract.
  • Each participant is allowed to submit 3 abstracts at maximum as the first author.
  • Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their abstracts by email by September 25, 2020.
  • The presenting author of an accepted abstract commits himself/herself to attend Gastro 2020 Prague and present the abstract at a session at the time scheduled by the Scientific Committee. A co-author may replace the presenting author when necessary.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Prague for an exciting and interactive meeting! For more information please visit

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