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AGA Plenary Sessions Add Context to the Cutting-Edge Research Presented

May 16, 2015

One of the most anticipated plenaries is the AGA/ASGE Joint Presidential Plenary, which will take place Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2015.

This post originally appeared in DDW®  Daily News 

AGA plenary sessions at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2015 offer more than high-profile speakers and timely keynote presentations. The plenary program was designed to showcase the most novel and innovative studies at the meeting with a provocative mix of state-of-the-art lectures and distinguished abstract presentations.

“The most exceptional research will be presented at each of our plenaries,” said AGA Institute Council Chair Richard M. Peek Jr., MD, AGAF. “At many of these sessions, attendees will also hear state-of-the-art talks by experts in the field to bring these new research advances into context.”

One of the most anticipated plenaries at DDW 2015 is Sunday’s AGA/ASGE Joint Presidential Plenary. The session will feature cutting-edge presentations in obesity and metabolic dysfunction, as well as the role of the microbiome in gastric malignancies. Other experts will offer insights into new therapies for IBD and the latest techniques for diagnosing dysplasia in patients who have chronic inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis. The session has been distilled down to three hours to help attendees focus on the topics that matter most to them and to their patients.

“This joint plenary is a carefully cultivated confluence of research abstracts and state-of-the-art talks that have appeal to clinical constituencies, researchers and clinician educators,” said Dr. Peek, director of gastroenterology and the Mina Cobb Wallace Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. “The topics selected represent those of highest interest in our discipline today. Attendees will see key pairings of research with state-of-the-art talks that provide more depth and insight into those research abstracts.”

The AGA Basic Science Plenary will also be held Sunday. An exciting keynote provides the foundation for six of the most exceptional basic science abstracts submitted to AGA for DDW presentation. Topics include the role of the microbiota in liver disease, targeting microRNAs for the treatment of colitis-associated cancer, the role of IL-1 beta and other critical cytokines in mediating intestinal inflammation, the role of nerve growth factor in gastrointestinal cancers, unique insights into intestinal villus morphogenesis, and the role of Clostridium difficile Toxin A in activation of innate immune responses.

AGA’s eight Distinguished Abstract Plenary sessions on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday offer the top six abstracts in eight fields as selected by the various sections of the AGA Institute Council. The Distinguished Abstract Plenary program begins on Saturday with abstracts from the Intestinal Disorders and Regulatory Peptides, Cell Signaling & Molecular Biology Sections. Monday has abstracts from the Clinical Practice; GI Oncology; Immunology, Microbiology & IBD; Neurogastroenterology & Motility; and Pancreatic Disorders Sections. Tuesday brings abstracts from the Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders Section.

“These abstracts represent exceptional clinical, translational and basic submissions coming through the AGA Institute Council,” Dr. Peek said. “What is unique is that, compared to broad-based topics presented at the presidential plenary, these abstracts reflect more focused areas of interest that are represented by AGA Institute Council section constituencies.” AGA has also helped to simplify navigation through the complex session schedule. The DDW schedule planning app, MyDDW, offers access to specific special interest paths. Each path recommends not only AGA sessions, but also sessions sponsored by all four DDW societies that are likely to appeal to attendees with more focused interests. 

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