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AGA Members Take Center Stage at UEG Week 2016

Nov. 2, 2016

The Best of DDW® and Rising Stars sessions at the October conference highlighted a number of AGA members and their research.

AGA leaders in their respective fields attended the recent UEG Week in Vienna, Austria. There was a record attendance of 13,300 with delegates from around the world. AGA members were highlighted in the "Best of Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) " session, which saw more than 1,000 attendees.

AGA President Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, co-chaired the session along with UEG President Michael P. Manns, MD. Other AGA speakers included:

  • C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF: GI Oncology
  • Robert J. Fontana, MD: Liver
  • Stuart J. Spechler, MD, AGAF: Esophagus and Upper GI
  • Santhi Swaroop Vege, MD, AGAF: Pancreatic Disorders
  • AGA Education and Training Councillor Deborah D. Proctor, MD: IBD

Additionally, in the "Rising Stars from Europe and the USA'" session — co-chaired by Dr. Proctor and UEG Representative Luigi Riccardiello, MD — AGA Research Scholar Award holder Kyle Staller, MD, and UEG Rising Star 2016 Mira Wouters, MD, of Belgium discussed their latest research into the epidemiology and pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Dr. Staller spoke about his ongoing research identifying adolescent dietary and lifestyle risk factors that play a role in the development of IBS in adulthood, potentially identifying adolescents at risk for IBS to be targeted for lifestyle interventions.

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