Submit a Proposal for the 2015 James W. Freston Single Topic Conference
This is a chance for you to help influence the topic of AGA’s conference and an opportunity to serve as a course director.
About the James W. Freston Single Topic Conference
The purpose of the conference is to focus on scientific dialogue, present opportunities for scientific collaboration, and explore new ideas that may lead to enhanced patient therapies or potential opportunities for cures of digestive diseases.
The James W. Freston Single Topic Conference series began in 2009 with the Celiac Disease Conference in Chicago, IL. The conference is typically basic or translational in nature and spans 1 to 1.5 days. We are now collecting proposals for the 2015 conference, which will be held in the summer/fall of 2015. The conference is funded by a generous endowment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals and offers CME credits.
Submissions must propose which of the twelve council sections would be most suitable to sponsor the proposed conference. Information about AGA Council sections can be found here.
Below we have listed topics from prior Freston conferences. The only topics that may be repeated in 2014 are Celiac Disease and Gastrointestinal Response to Injury.
- Celiac Disease (2009)
- Gastrointestinal Response to Injury (2010)
- GI Stem Cells (2012)
- Barrett's Esophagus: Cellular Biology, Biomarkers and Management (2013)
- Therapeutic Innovations in Microbiome Research and Technology; A Further Look into Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (2014)
- Proposals must be for original programs, primarily developed by the AGA Institute and cannot be used to support other meetings.
- The program must involve a diverse group of speakers, paying attention to geographic considerations as well as gender and racial/ethnic diversity.
- The rationale/educational need for each program should be well demonstrated.
- Proposals must include at least two AGA Council Sections through which the program would be considered and co-sponsored.
- It is expected that the proposed meeting will fill approximately 1 to 1.5 days.
- Topics previously presented may not be repeated until a period of four years has elapsed (e.g., a conference presented in 2012 could be presented again in 2016 or later).
How to Submit a Proposal
A finalized proposal package must include the following documents:
- Complete the proposal submission form (.DOCX).
- Preliminary program with title of meeting; speakers’ names, tentative presentation titles and institutional affiliations; course directors; and planning committee. Please use the Preliminary Program template as a guide; the specific number of sessions, speakers per session, and formatting are at your discretion.
- Needs assessment: description of educational need that will be addressed by the program.
- Learning objectives
- Target Association
- Target Research Insitutions
- Expected attendance
- Proposed dates and location (Conference must occur between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016)
- Any additional information you feel would be valuable regarding the request for support
Submit the finalized package to Lee Krinzman, Education Manager, no later than January 9, 2014. You may also contact Lee Krinzman anytime with questions.