AGA Highlights

View the AGA Abstract Funding Report — a list of sources of funding for oral and poster presentations at DDW® 2015. (Please note: information contained in this report is current as of March 30, 2015.)

$ AGA Spring Postgraduate Course

Evidence That Will Change Your Practice: New Advances for Common Clinical Problems

Saturday, May 16, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

For complete course details, please visit the AGA website at New this year, AGA young GI members are eligible to register at a reduced rate.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will highlight the most novel and innovative studies at DDW.

AGA/ASGE Joint Presidential Plenary

Sunday, May 17, 2–5 p.m.

AGA and ASGE will present the most novel and innovative research in gastroenterology and GI endoscopy at this collaborative session. The plenary will feature both abstract and invited speaker presentations interspersed in the program.

Both societies have scheduled their postgraduate courses and other DDW programming around this session to help attendees stay up-to-date with the latest research without missing other educational opportunities. 

AGA Basic Science Plenary 

Sunday, May 17, 10–11:30 a.m.

Distinguished Abstract Plenaries

Saturday, May 16,
Sunday, May 17, and
Monday, May 18

For the latest information on these sessions, and all other DDW programming, please use the AGA Highlights at DDW 2015 online interactive guide.

AGA Institute Council Global Topic Sessions

Saturday, May 16, Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19

The AGA Institute Council will sponsor 12 sessions featuring “global topics,” covering a wide range of topics directly affecting gastroenterologists. These global session topics and titles include:

  • Affordable Care Act (Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Practice of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • Biomarkers Validation for Patient Satisfaction: Personalized Medicine at Its Best (Molecular Markers in the Diagnosis and Management of Gastrointestinal Neoplasia: Personalized Medicine at Its Best)
  • Developing Targeted Drug Therapy for GI Disease
  • Diet (High Fat) Obesity and GI Disease (Eating Fat: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
  • Epigenetics and Metabolism in GI Diseases (Epigenetics: A New Paradigm for Complex GI Diseases) 
  • Microbiome, Inflammation and Disease (Microbiome in Health and GI Disease)
  • Neoplastic Mechanisms and Targets (RAS Is Back: Novel Approaches and Insights into RAS and Gastrointestinal Cancer)
  • Next Generation Sequencing — Challenges and Opportunities (Next Generation Sequencing: Opportunities for Research and Practice)
  • Novel Imaging and Experimental Endoscopy
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, Microbiome and FMT
  • Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (Plasticity of Differentiated GI Cells in Choice of Cell Fate and Development of Tumors)
  • Transition from Pediatrics to Adult (Celiac Disease – Which Factors Are at Play in Childhood that Can Increase the Risk to Develop the Disease in Adulthood?)

Morton I. Grossman Lectureship:

Lgr5 Stem Cells in Gastroenterology

Sunday, May 17, 8–9:30 a.m.

The AGA Institute is excited to announce that Hans Clevers, MD, PhD, professor of molecular genetics at the Hubrecht Institute, will be presenting the Morton I. Grossman Lectureship at DDW 2015.

Cochrane Symposium:

The Next Wave of Biologic Agents for the Treatment of IBD: Evidence from Cochrane Reviews

Sunday, May 17, 89:30 a.m.

Rodger C. Haggitt GIPS Clinical Symposium

Sunday, May 17, 10–11:30 a.m.

The Dr. Charles S. Lieber Lecture — New Frontiers

NASH: The Convergence of Inflammation, Fat and Fibrosis and the Path to Treatment

Sunday, May 17, 2–3 p.m.

Funderburg Symposium: 

H. pylori Gastritis and Gastric Cancer: Bacterial, Host and Environmental Factors Interact to Cause Malignancy

Monday, May 18, 8–9:30 a.m.

Emmet B. Keeffe Symposium: 

Impact of Long-Term Suppression of Chronic HBV Infection

Monday, May 18, 4–5:30 p.m.

AGA Trainee and Young GI Track

These sessions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of physicians who are new to the field. Participants will learn about all aspects of starting a career in clinical practice or research, have the opportunity to network with mentors and peers, and review board material.

AGA Mentor and Advisor Program: Reception for Trainees/Young GIs — An Evening with AGA Mentors

Saturday, May 16, 5:457:15 p.m.

Meet your peers, and more established colleagues who serve as mentors, while enjoying refreshments. RSVP by May 1, 2015, to attend.

Trainee and Young GI Networking Event

Sunday, May 17, 79 p.m.

Join AGA and your fellow colleagues at Sax Restaurant and Lounge in Washington, DC, for a night of networking, music and refreshments. RSVP by May 1, 2015, to attend.

Board Review Course

Session Chairs: Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF; Carl L. Berg, MD, and Anil B. Nagar, MD
Monday, May 18, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This session, designed around content from DDSEP® 7, serves as a primer for third-year fellows preparing for the board exam as well as a review course for others wanting to test their knowledge. Discount coupons for DDSEP 7 will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Career and Professional-Related Issues

Session Chairs: Rotonya Carr, MD, and Sheryl Pfeil, MD
Monday, May 18, 12:30–2 p.m.

Receive advice on career options in gastroenterology, learn what you need to know to find your first job from both a U.S. and international medical graduate perspective, and understand how the changes in health care will affect your future as a gastroenterologist.

Free lunch is included, but quantities are limited. Boxed lunches are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects

Monday, May 18, 2–3:30 p.m.

This trainee-focused session will showcase selected abstracts from GI fellows based on quality improvement, with a concluding state-of-the art lecture. Attendees will be provided with information that defines practical approaches to quality improvement from start to finish. Free coffee and tea will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Things I Know Now I Wish I'd Known Then: Surviving the First Years in Academic Medicine

Tuesday, May 19, 8–9:30 a.m.

Participants will be able to provide practical advice for common problems faced by early-career gastroenterologists in academic practice.

$ Focused Clinical Updates and Focused Research Roundtables

Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, 6:30–7:45 a.m.

Session Fee: $60 per session

These sessions are designed to help you choose the “must see” clinical research and basic science abstracts accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW. Session topics for 2015 include:

  • Difficult Diarrheas (FC01).
  • Emerging Therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (FC02).
  • Acute Pancreatitis (FC03).
  • Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance (FC04).
  • Clinical Importance of Liver Tests (FC05).
  • Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms (FC06). 
  • Update on Novel Diagnostic Approaches in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (FC07).
  • Development of Quality Metrics in Gastroenterology (FR01).
  • Insights into Acinar Cells and Pancreatitis (FR02).
  • Molecular Genetics and Colon Cancer (FR03).

AGA Section Education and Networking Exchange

Saturday, May 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Interact with section members and leaders.
  • Learn about section events and plans for the future.
  • View top posters from each section and discuss with the authors.

$ Curbside Consultants

Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, 12:30–2 p.m.

Session Fee: $60 per session

These sessions are highly interactive and designed to provide attendees with direct access to advanced clinical experts on a focused topic. Session topics for 2015 include:

  • Clinical Dilemmas from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic (CC01).
  • Induction and Maintenance of Remission in Autoimmune Pancreatitis (CC02).
  • Does This Patient Really Have Celiac Disease? (CC03).
  • Refractory GERD: What to Do? (CC04).

AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session

Incorporating Quality Improvement Education Across the Learning Continuum

Tuesday, May 19, 8–9:30 a.m.

At this special session for educators, participants will discuss options for educators across the continuum in education related to informing, assessing and facilitating learning about quality in clinical medicine. Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to envision strategies for QI in clinical practice in medical education.

Presentations will be followed by roundtable discussions led by faculty, and breakfast will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information about the Academy of Educators, the home for educators within AGA, please visit

How to Meet the New MOC Requirements

Sponsored by the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee

Tuesday, May 19, 10–11:30 a.m.

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) made changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in January 2014 and again in February 2015. Physicians should attend this session to understand changes to the ABIM requirements for recertification — for those with both limited and unlimited certificates; and comprehend various options and mechanisms available through AGA to complete ABIM certification requirements.

$ AGA MOC Course

Course Director: Robert C. Lowe, MD
Tuesday, May 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Session Fee: $150
(Register for both the AGA and ASGE MOC Course for $200 combined.)

This live self-study course is designed around the AGA Guidebook to ABIM Recertification 2014 module. The module has been approved by the ABIM for 10 MOC points. The format of this two hour interactive course incorporates audience-response technology to review the gastroenterology module.

Abstract-Based Sessions

The 12 sections of the AGA Institute Council are responsible for the selection and development of abstractbased oral and poster sessions for presentation at DDW. For the latest information on these sessions, and all other DDW programming, please use the AGA Highlights at DDW online interactive guide.

Check the online planner, MyDDW

As you prepare for the meeting, AGA will include suggested program tracks to assist in planning a schedule of sessions that directly meet your interests. Tracks include:

  • Advanced Endoscopy.
  • AGA Trainee and Young GI.
  • Basic Science.
  • IBD: Basic.
  • IBD: Clinical.
  • Motility.
  • Pancreaticobiliary.
  • Pediatrics.
  • Practitioner.

 $ = An additional fee is required for this session.