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Intestinal Disorders Must-See Sessions at DDW® 2017

April 17, 2017

Featuring outstanding basic, translational and clinical research.

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is only a few short weeks away! This year you can use the AGA Institute Council Highlights at DDW 2017 booklet to find out about section programming, committee sponsored and joint society sessions, as well as a plethora of basic science and clinical practitioner offerings. With so many options, you can see why the AGA Institute Council Chair, Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF, says that DDW is Disneyland for gastroenterologists.

The Intestinal Disorders section has outlined its must-see sessions this year. Look at the preview below and use the DDW Mobile App for the most up-to-date information to plan your itinerary.

Session Title: Managing the Host-Pathogen Interface: Epithelial Innate Immunity
Session Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Session Time: 10 a.m.
Why You Should Attend: One of the key features in diseases of the alimentary tract (and beyond) depend on how the host interfaces with gut microbial communities. This is managed at first and most directly by mechanisms of innate immunity structured at mucosal surfaces. This session features overviews by three of the most prominent scientists in the field.

Session Title: Celiac Disease in the Postbiopsy Era
Session Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Session Time: 8 a.m.
Why You Should Attend: Celiac disease is highly prevalent and associated with significant morbidity. Symptoms can be hugely diverse. Methods to diagnose the disease have evolved significantly from the gold standard of years ago of three successive biopsies before gluten withdrawal, during gluten withdrawal, and then after re-challenge with gluten. The approach to diagnosis and use of biopsy and other tests will be discussed by three leaders in the field.

Session Title: Barrier Functions in the Intestine and Beyond
Session Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Session Time: 8 a.m.
Why You Should Attend: How the single layer of epithelial cells lining the intestine form the delicate but highly effective selective barrier separating host from environment is critical to intestinal function and host defense. A large part of the mechanisms underlying barrier function and transport of large solutes remains not well understood. In this session, three major scientists in the field will discuss aspects of the epithelial barrier that explain intestinal structure and function and the pathways used by small and large solutes to cross the barrier to effect health and disease.

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