2016-02-02 21:49:14 UTC

Behind the Scenes: AGA Planning Meeting for DDW 2016

Feb. 3, 2016

The AGA Institute Council shares what they are looking forward to at this year’s meeting.

You’ve heard the stats about Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) — top 50 medical meeting, nearly 15,000 attendees, more than 4,000 abstracts — but have you ever wondered how a meeting of this scale comes together? This past weekend, the experts behind AGA’s programming — coined the AGA Institute Council — came together to put the finishing touches on this year’s agenda.

Here’s what the council is most looking forward to at DDW 2016. If you’re not yet registered for this year’s meeting, taking place May 21 through 24 in San Diego, CA, you can do so by visiting www.ddw.org/registration.

  • AGA Basic Science Zone: AGA will be co-locating basic science sessions. On Saturday, we will highlight the gut microbiome, and on Sunday we will focus on inflammation and GI cancers. Both days will have a mix of invited and abstract-based sessions.
  • More microbiome programming: AGA’s coverage of the microbiome will extend beyond basic science, focusing on clinical topics such as obesity, IBD and pediatric GI. Review the DDW preliminary program for information on all of AGA’s microbiome-related sessions.
  • Collaborative topic sessions: our council is comprised of 12 special interest groups, or sections, all covering different topic areas in GI/hepatology. AGA will have several sessions at DDW that span across multiple sections.
  • Plenary sessions: our plenary sessions at DDW highlight the most novel and innovative studies presented at the meeting. Make room in your DDW schedule for the AGA Presidential Plenary, the AGA Basic Science Plenary and the Distinguished Abstract Plenaries.
  • Honoring young investigators: for the second year in a row, the council will be awarding certificates of recognition in sessions that have a young investigator, and will also be recognizing outstanding young researchers in the Poster Hall.
  • A full meeting: the council has worked to schedule exciting programming through the entirety of the meeting, so be sure to stick around through Tuesday afternoon.