2014 James W. Freston Conference — Therapeutic Innovations in Microbiome Research and Technology: A Further Look into Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Aug. 16 & 17, 2014
InterContinental Chicago, IL

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International experts will examine how fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has reached innovative heights as well as prompted more aggressive research in utilizing gut microbiota to treat various GI disorders. Attendees will address issues regarding translational studies of FMT, including its safety and efficacy in the clinical setting. Investigators will be able to explore how FMT impacts the treatment of C. difficile infection, IBD, and whether FMT has the potential to serve as a remedy for more prevalent diseases such as obesity.

The scheduled breakout sessions will also allow for more focused learning on specific aspects of FMT — from implementing protocols to emerging applications — and provide additional opportunities for networking with faculty and colleagues.

Target Audience

Basic and translational researchers and fellows in the fields of GI biology and patho-biology; clinicians interested in enhancing their knowledge of FMT and the gut microbiome should also attend.

Course Directors

David T. Rubin, MD, AGAF
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago, IL
Stacy A. Kahn, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Chicago, IL

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the scientific basis and rationale for FMT.
  • Better understand existing and potential clinical applications of FMT.
  • Discuss regulatory issues surrounding FMT.
  • Recognize the ethical and social issues associated with FMT.

Registration Information

Receive the greatest savings when you register on or before May 23. Fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, and wine and cheese reception.

Online registraion ends Aug. 8, 2014. You must register onsite after this date Early Bird*
(by May 23)
(by Aug. 8)
(Aug. 16 & 17)
AGA Member $347 $397 $497
Nonmember $447 $497 $597
AGA Member Trainee/Student $01 $100 $150
Nonmember Trainee/Student2 $147 $197 $297

Not an AGA member? Submit a completed membership application with your course registration and pay the AGA member rate.

1AGA member trainees/students: You must provide a credit card with your registration. Your card will only be charged in the event that you incur a cancellation fee.

2Nonmember trainees: You must complete the trainee certification form.

*If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than May 16, 2014 to qualify for the AGA member early rate.

**If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than Aug. 1, 2014 to qualify for the AGA member standard rate.

Refund Policy

A written cancellation request must be faxed to AGA Member Services at 301-272-1774, or emailed to member@gastro.org, by Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. There is a $50 processing fee for cancellations received on or before Aug. 1. Refunds will be processed upon cancellation, minus fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline and "no shows", will not be issued a refund.

Cancellation Policy for Complimentary Registration

Cancellation of complimentary registration must be made by Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Cancellations made after this date, as well as “no-shows,” will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee.

Abstracts for Poster Presentation

Abstracts are due Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Share your research in a small, relaxed environment and receive valuable feedback from the expert faculty and peers.

Student, trainee and junior faculty attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation to Jamie Parreco at jparreco@gastro.org. Those who submit an abstract for poster presentation will be notified on or before Thursday, July 17, 2014, regarding the status of their abstract.

Posters will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 16, during the scheduled wine and cheese reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Travel Awards

Travel awards will be given to 18 individuals (students, trainees and selected junior faculty) who submit outstanding abstracts for poster presentation as determined by the conference organizing committee. Those who receive travel awards are expected to attend the conference and present their poster. Nonmember trainees may submit a membership application with their conference registration in order to qualify for the complimentary registration fee.


Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, July 25, 2014.

InterContinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Toll Free: 1-800-628-2112
Phone: 312-944-4100 (international callers)
Fax: 312-944-1320

Room Rate: $159 per night, single/double occupancy (plus tax)

Make your reservation by calling the number provided above. Be sure to mention that you are attending the 2014 Freston Conference (group code KEB) to receive the discounted rate. Additionally, you may also use the reservation link to book, modify or cancel your reservation online.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card or one night’s deposit. Rooms must be reserved by July 25, 2014 to ensure availability and the discounted rate. Hotel deposit is refundable if reservation is canceled 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

CME Information

The AGA Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The AGA Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points

Physicians are eligible to receive 8 MOC points for attending the 2014 Freston Conference.

Additional Information

For questions or concerns regarding registration contact AGA Member Services at member@gastro.org.

Contact Jamie Parreco at jparreco@gastro.org for all course-related questions.


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