AGA Highlights

View the AGA Abstract Funding Report – a list of sources of funding for AGA oral and poster presentations at DDW® 2016. (Please note: Information contained in this report is current as of March 23, 2016.)

$ AGA Postgraduate Course

Cognitive and Technical Skills for the Gastroenterologist

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

World-renowned experts present cognitive and technical skills for today’s gastroenterologist. Six general sessions, 13 clinical challenge sessions and 12 lunch breakout sessions teach you critical updates for 2016.

For complete course details, please visit the AGA website at AGA members are eligible to register at a reduced rate. We'll be live tweeting from the meeting using the hashtag #AGAPG.

Plenary Sessions

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

AGA Presidential Plenary

Monday, May 23, 2016, 8–11:30 a.m.

AGA will present an engaging plenary program through a blended series of abstract presentations and invited speaker talks on topics including the role of GI in obesity management, intestinal disorders and cancer advances. There will also be a brief address from AGA Institute President Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF.

AGA Basic Science Plenary 

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

Distinguished Abstract Plenaries

Saturday, May 21–Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hear the latest advances and research in the field of gastroenterology from top-scoring abstracts submitted to the AGA Institute Council sections. Session times and additional details to follow.

AGA Institute Council Collaborative Topic Sessions

Saturday, May 21-Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The AGA Institute Council will sponsor the following sessions collaboratively planned amongst the council sections:

  • Bacterial Metabolites in Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Circadian Dysrhythmia in Digestive Health and Disease
  • Food as a Drug: Nutritional Therapies of GI Disease
  • Genetic and Epigenetic Biomarkers for Gastrointestinal Diseases: Clinical Utility and Opportunity for Therapy
  • Genetic and Epigenetic Drivers of Colorectal Cancer
  • Gut Bugs and Their Products: The Keys to Inflammatory Drive?
  • Imaging of the Patient with Liver Disease
  • Innate Lymphoid Cells in the GI Tract
  • Mediators of Inflammation and Fibrosis in the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Regenerative Medicine: Emerging Therapy for Pancreatic and GI Tract Disorders
  • Quality Metrics in GI: Embrace and Expand
  • Understanding the Microbial Host Interaction

Cochrane Symposium:

Diagnosis, Activity Assessment, and Prognosis: What Do Cochrane Reviews Tell Us About Patient Management in IBD?

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 89:30 a.m.

Rodger C. Haggitt Pathology Clinicopathy Session

Effectively Using Mucosal GI Pathology for Diagnosis and Patient Management: Focus on Three Key Areas

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 89:30 a.m.

Morton I. Grossman Lectureship:

Metaplasia to Dysplasia to Cancer: A Common Theme in GI Cancers

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

The AGA Institute is excited to announce that Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF, gastroenterology division chief, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will present this lecture.

Emmet B. Keeffe Symposium: 

Assessing Hepatic Fibrosis — Truth, Lies and Wishes

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

Funderburg Symposium: 

Genomics and Epigenomics of Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer

Monday, May 23, 2016, 10–11:30 a.m.

The Dr. Charles S. Lieber Lecture — New Frontiers

Transcriptional Factors in HCC Development

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10–11 a.m.

AGA Basic Science Zone

Be sure to look for AGA’s basic science home base this year at DDW. AGA will showcase the theme of the microbiome on Saturday, and inflammation and GI cancers on Sunday. Both days will have a mix of invited and abstract-based sessions. Watch a video about AGA basic science at DDW from Noah Shroyer, PhD.

Microbiome Programming

The AGA Institute Council recognizes that the microbiome has become a large enough area of research and practice to warrant distinct recognition on our council. The following symposia have been planned so far. Abstract-based microbiome sessions to follow.  

  • Active Learning Session on the Gut Microbiome: Fundamental Principles in Theory and Practice
  • Gut Bugs and Their Products: The Keys to Inflammatory Drive?
  • Gut Microbiome in Pediatric Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is It Different Between East and West?
  • The Microbiome, Obesity and Diabetes: The Future for Translation to Human Disease
  • Understanding the Microbial Host Interaction
  • Updates on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

Active Learning Session on the Gut Microbiome: Fundamental Principles in Theory and Practice

Sunday, May 22, 4–5:30 p.m.

This session will discuss current technologies used to study the gut microbiome and its relevance to human health. An analysis of the gut microbiota profiles of AGA member volunteers will be used to illustrate current DNA sequencing methods, analytic tools, and the relevance and limitations of microbiome data to human health.

$ Focused Clinical Updates and Focused Research Roundtables

Sunday, May 22, and Monday, May 23, 2016, 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 2016 include:

Sunday Sessions

  • Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity? (FC01)
  • Fecal Incontinence: Novel Insights and New Treatments (FC02)
  • Hot Abstracts in Pediatric GI (FC03)
  • Update on Emerging Therapies for IBD (FC04)
  • Genetic Cancer Syndromes in GI (FR01)

Monday Sessions

  • C. difficile Diagnosis and Management (FC05)
  • Emerging Therapies for Treating IBS (FC06)
  • Mucosal and Radiographic Healing in IBD (FC07)
  • Updates in Management of Chronic Pancreatitis (FC08)
  • Role of Intestinal Barrier Defects in GI Disease (FR02)

$AGA Poster Tours

Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23
Tour Registration Fee: $20

Subject-matter experts from AGA will help attendees navigate the Poster Hall by leading tours of the most significant research presented in six topic areas. Each tour will focus on abstracts displayed in the Poster Hall on the day of the scheduled tour. Space is limited — register online in advance to secure your spot.

Sunday Tours

  • Clinical Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • IBD
  • Reflux Diseases

Monday Tours

  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Hepatology Highlights
  • Obesity

AGA Trainee and Young GI Sessions

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 materials.

Board Review Course

Sunday, May 22, 1:15–5:45 p.m.

This session, designed around content from DDSEP® 8, 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 8 will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trainee and Young GI Networking Event

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 79 p.m.

Join AGA and your fellow colleagues at House of Blues in San Diego, CA, for a night of networking, music and refreshments.

Career and Professional-Related Issues

Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:30–2 p.m.

Receive advice on beginning a career in gastroenterology; understand the principles of successful time management; understand how to create successful professional relationships; and gain tangible tools to apply for a job in GI.

Complimentary boxed lunches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects

Monday, May 23, 2016, 4–6 p.m.

This trainee-focused session will showcase selected abstracts from GI fellows based on quality improvement, with a state-of-the art lecture. Attendees will be provided with information that defines practical approaches to quality improvement from start to finish.

A component was also added to the session to allow attendees, specifically fellows, the opportunity for personal interaction time with the editors of AGA journals to obtain guidance or advice on getting published. M. Bishr Omary, PhD, MD, editor of Gastroenterology, Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, editor of CGH and Jerrold R. Turner, MD, PhD, editor of CMGH, will give a 10 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes for Q&A.  

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mentoring Across the Generations — A Spectrum of Perspectives

Monday, May 23, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

This session will discuss the mentor/mentee relationships from the unique perspectives of the fellow mentee, junior faculty mentor and senior faculty mentor.

#MillennialGI: Engaging and Collaborating with the Millennial Generation

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

Through diverse panel discussions, attendees will gain an understanding of the strategies to successfully engage, collaborate and teach the millennial generation. They will also dissect common case scenarios found in clinical practice, endoscopy suite and research settings.

Surviving the First Years in Clinical Practice — Roundtable with the Experts

Tuesday, May 24, 2–3:30 p.m.

Attendees will be provided with practical advice for common problems faced by early-career gastroenterologists in all types of practice settings.

AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session

Applying Cutting Edge Technology and Gamification to Medical Education

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m.

At this special session for educators, participants will discuss the use of educational technology to enhance learning in gastroenterology and hepatology. Attendees will learn to identify and describe technology tools that can be used in GI education and discuss how to incorporate technology and gamification to create an educational program. Presentations will be followed by roundtable discussions led by faculty.

Complimentary 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

Maximizing the Use of NPs and PAs

Tuesday, May 24, 10–11:30 a.m.

Presentations during this session will discuss the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs), maximizing the billing potential of NPs/PAs, and how advanced practitioners can enhance the academic and clinical mission.

$ AGA MOC Course

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1–3 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 2015 module. The format of this two hour interactive course incorporates audience-response technology to review the gastroenterology module. The module has been approved by the ABIM for 10 MOC points.

Want to see more?

For a complete listing of AGAsponsored sessions, please see the online DDW Preview. You can also visit the AGA Institute Council Web page for additional session highlights. Stay tuned for more information — the AGA Highlights at DDW® 2016 brochure will be available March 2016.

 $ = An additional fee is required for this session.