Session New ESGENA Conference

Weekend Edition October 18/19, 2014
Vienna, Austria
22nd United European Gastroenterology Week
ESGENA Conference
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
Advanced Endoscopic Techniques
Sunday, 08.30 – 10.30 Hall A
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
Terminal GI Cancer
Sunday, 11.00 –13.00 Hall B
UEG launches the Young GI Network
Let’s Meet! Event
Sunday, 17.00
Welcome to the ESGENA
conference delegates
Welcome to the Postgraduate
Teaching Programme in Vienna!
Professor Guido Costamagna (Editor-in-Chief, UEG Week News) & Professor
Magnus Simrén (Chair, UEG Scientific Committee and Editor, UEG Week News)
Those delegates who attended the
Postgraduate Teaching Programme in
previous years will notice a change in the
format of this year’s programme. The key
theme this year is ‘interactive learning’.
In 2014, the Postgraduate Teaching
Programme will incorporate a greater
than ever mix of teaching methods with
increased opportunities for discussion and
debate, including live demonstrations and
case-based teaching sessions involving
small groups of delegates. We are also
pleased to include two live endoscopy
sessions as part of the programme – take
a look at the separate article in this edition
of the UEG Week News.
The 2-day programme comprises worldclass education for training and practicing
gastroenterologists alike. The programme
is expected to attract gastrointestinal
(GI) physicians and general practitioners
with an interest in GI and hepatology
topics, alongside fellows in training and
established physicians currently without
expert- or specialist-level knowledge of
the field. There is no age restriction for
delegates attending the Postgraduate
Teaching Programme.
UEG is committed to promoting education
and training and in this regard, the
Postgraduate Teaching Programme has
been incorporated into a 3-year, rolling
curriculum. This is in response to feedback
from delegates attending previous years’
meetings and the need to build on the
success of these meetings. The curriculum
consists of clinically important topics
within the areas of GI, liver and pancreatic
diseases. Delegates who attend the
2-day Postgraduate Teaching Programme
over three consecutive years will receive
information covering all major updates
in these areas, which will hopefully boost
their professional careers. Attending the
Postgraduate Teaching Programme on a
yearly basis is therefore a smart move to
keep abreast of state-of-the-art updates
and topics in clinically relevant topics.
Professor Guido Costamagna
Professor Magnus Simrén
Editor-in-Chief, UEG Week News
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
Chair, UEG Scientific Committee and Editor, UEG Week News
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
This year’s Postgraduate Teaching
Programme also offers delegates the
opportunity to personalise the programme
by selecting sessions according to
their educational needs. A Syllabus is
available as a further educational tool
consisting of additional information on
the presentations in the Programme; be
sure to pick up your USB-stick containing
the Syllabus at the distribution counter in
the entrance hall of the conference centre.
New for 2014 is the ability to view all
presentations (except for live endoscopy
sessions) from the Postgraduate Teaching
Programme via live streaming. So, if you’re
held up at your hotel or arriving late from
the airport, there’s no need to miss out on
that important session. Visit
and register for access to live-streamed
We hope that you find the Postgraduate
Teaching Programme useful to expand
your knowledge base, stimulate new
ideas and create lasting educational
collaborations with colleagues. We also
hope that you stay in Vienna to attend UEG
Week. Take a look at the UEG Week News
for more news from all the events taking
place in conjunction with UEG Week.
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Saturday October 18
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Sunday October 19
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Monday October 20
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Tuesday October 21
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Wednesday October 22
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Practise and perfect your endoscopic
techniques, interact with experienced
medical colleagues and learn about the
uses of ultrasound.
offers delegates the ideal opportunity of
learning in small groups. These Handson Sessions are organised in co-operation
with ESGE.
Head to the ESGE Learning Area to
watch and learn as experts demonstrate
endoscopic procedures with cutting-edge
equipment. You will have the opportunity
to interact, ask questions and practise
the techniques yourself – all under the
watchful eye of a personal tutor. Each
Hands-on Session lasts 90 minutes.
Hands-on Endoscopy @ UEG Week, ESGE
Learning Area
For those attending the ESGENA
Conference, Hands-on training forms
part of the core Scientific Programme and
Register on-site at the ESGE desk to
book your place on one of the Saturday,
Sunday or Monday sessions, or walk
straight into the Tuesday and Wednesday
Throughout UEG Week, the Ultrasound
Learning Centre will offer all delegates the
opportunity to have individual, Hands-on
training on the use of ultrasonography for
Stay in touch with your colleagues and
easily create new connections at UEG
Week via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
E-learning: Meet the editors
Gastroenterology trainees and young
fellows can now join the Young GI
Network Facebook group.
At lunchtime on Monday, don’t miss the
chance to meet the editors of UEG’s online
learning platform (Monday, 13.00 – 13.30,
Education Lounge).
Connect, participate and be active on
social media; discover more on the UEG
Get social
Use the official hashtag #UEGWeek
or post on the UEG Facebook group to
share your thoughts, snaps and ‘selfies’.
Conversations will appear on the Social
Wall – see what’s trending via the UEG
Week App, or have a look online and on
big screens around the congress venue.
Go on post your UEG Week photos
and selfies now! Find out whether
you are today’s winner of Tweet of the
day, Facebook quote of the day or the
selfie contest.
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Since 2009, UEG E-learning has
established itself as one of the richest
educational resources in gastroenterology,
and we continue to work hard to make it
even better.
Project Manager within the UEG Secretariat
- Ben Smith and Web Editor Dr Tomer Adar
will discuss their plans for 2015. They have
ideas for new online courses, including
ones aligned to the Gastro Blue Book.
This is a great opportunity to find out how
to get involved. The team is particularly
keen to hear from you if you wish to
contribute to, or even author new courses,
so come along and share your ideas.
Discover a world
of learning at
diagnosis and intervention.
This gives you the opportunity to see
for yourself the practical applications of
ultrasonography under the guidance of
experts. Experienced medical colleagues
will be there to teach beginner and
experienced gastroenterologists alike
about the technique.
Hands-on Ultrasonography @ UEG Week,
Ultrasound Learning Centre
Check your programme for times and
courses. Whether you’re a beginner or
experienced, training is tailored to all
levels and will run from Saturday to
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ESGENA welcomes
you to Vienna!
Welcome to Vienna for the 18th European
Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) Conference
in conjunction with the 22nd UEG Week.
At a glance
Free paper session encompassing a
diverse range of subjects pertinent to
clinical practice (Session 3)
Sunday October 19
11.00 – 12.30
Hall G/H
Michael Ortmann President of ESGENA & Ulrike Beilenhoff ESGENA Scientific Secretariat
This year, the three-day ESGENA Conference will
be hosted by ESGENA and the Austrian Society
of Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Nurses and
Associates (IVEPA) and will run from Saturday to
Monday (October 18 – 20). The theme for the ESGENA
Conference is to maximise learning by using interactive
formats. The Conference includes state-of-the-art
lectures, free papers and posters, hands-on training
and a platform from which nurses can network with
their international colleagues.
The ESGENA Scientific Programme incorporates
hands-on training sessions during which delegates
will use biosimulators for learning new procedures
or fine-tune their existing endoscopic techniques.
We anticipate that these sessions will be extremely
popular and because this particular training works
best in small groups, entrance to the sessions will
be limited to ticket holders. Tickets for these handson training sessions are available at the entrance of
the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
(ESGE) Learning Area, so get your ticket early to avoid
disappointment. The ESGE Learning Area is equipped
to provide an expert practical teaching arena. It has
accomplished physicians and nurses available to
promote good endoscopy techniques, demonstrate
the latest developments in endoscopy and support
training in small groups.
There will be parallel workshops during the ESGENA
Conference, which will be conducted primarily
in English, but with some in German. Workshop
sessions will cover a range of topics pertinent to
today’s nurses and associates, including an update
on the management of patients with inflammatory
bowel disease, how to structure audit or research
investigations and the application of electrosurgery
in the gastrointestinal setting. There are also parallel
lecture sessions covering a variety of themes, such
as the care of patients undergoing endoscopy,
endoscopic techniques, in addition to free paper and
poster round sessions.
Session 3 on Sunday (11.00 – 12.30, Hall G/H) is a
free paper session encompassing a diverse range
of subjects pertinent to clinical practice, including
endoscopic mucosa resection of large benign colonic
polyps, improving the experience and satisfaction
of children and patients undergoing endoscopic
procedures and the oral health status of patients with
liver cirrhosis. The poster rounds will also take place
on Sunday (12.30 – 14.30 and 16.30 – 17.00, Lobby of
Hall G/H) and include posters under general themes,
such as patient preparation, sedation and endoscopic
procedures. Awards for the best free paper and best
poster will be presented on Monday (Session 9, 09.00
– 10.30, Hall F1).
We hope that you find the ESGENA Conference useful
to expand your knowledge base, stimulate new ideas
and create lasting educational collaborations with
Poster rounds
Sunday October 19
12.30 – 14.30 and 16.30 – 17.00
Lobby of Hall G/H
Awards for the best free paper and best
poster (Session 9)
Monday October 20
09.00 – 10.30
Hall F1
Michael Ortmann
President of ESGENA
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
UEG Week News
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
CRC screening and the detection
of early-stage cancer
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
Clinical case scenarios:
Managing patients with
terminal GI cancer
Cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
are among the most common worldwide,
causing a high proportion of cancerrelated deaths.1 Much of the difficulty
with treating these cancers arises from
their late diagnosis, with many patients
seeking medical attention only when
they have symptoms and the disease
is already in the advanced stage.2,3 So,
the care of patients with advanced and
terminal GI cancers will continue to be
an important element for medical staff.
Interested in learning more about CRC
care? Don’t miss Monday’s Symposium,
‘European guidelines on treatment of
colorectal cancer’
Monday October 20
14.00 – 15.30
Hall E
A clinical case-based session on Sunday
(11.00 – 13.00, Hall B) will explore how
best to care for patients with terminal GI
cancers. Chaired by Professor Marco Bruno
(Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The
Netherlands) the session will specifically
focus on common symptoms experienced
by these patients: anorexia; nausea;
and pain. Using a clinical case as an
example, evidence-based approaches to
the management of these symptoms will
be presented. The session will also give
special attention to the important aspect
of palliative care beyond that provided
by medical intervention. Palliative care
usually encompasses the needs of the
individual patient, ranging from the
medical management of symptoms to
supporting the psychological and spiritual
needs of patients and their carers. Quality
of life is a central aspect in this setting.
With the example of a clinical case, this
session will provide evidence for how
best to support patients using palliative
1.Ferlay J, et al. Available from: http://globocan.
2.Van Cutsem E, et al. Ann Oncol 2014;pii:mdu260
[Epub ahead of print].
3.Cabebe EC, et al. Available from: http://
Colorectal cancer has a relatively long lead
time and lends itself well to screening
in an effort to reduce mortality. But, is
colonoscopy the best method for screening?
Colonoscopy for all is not only associated
with risks and decreased compliance, but
also carries a high economic burden. Do
non-invasive screening tests perform
better? Once suspected, what is the
optimal diagnostic method for early CRC?
Identifying CRC can be a conundrum,
which is why the Postgraduate Teaching
Programme has incorporated Sunday’s
Session, Colorectal cancer (CRC): Cure by
early detection and local treatment, in
which experts provide the latest updates
on effective screening and guidance on
treatment of screen-detected cancers
Sunday October 19
08.30 – 10.30
Hall L/M
Dr Michal Kaminski from the Medical
Centre for Postgraduate Education and
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Don’t forget the Round Table Discussion
‘Treating IBD in patients with cancer’
Monday October 20
12.45 – 13.45
Hall G/H
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Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology,
Warsaw, Poland, will give an overview
of different screening strategies and
their impact on patients and healthcare
providers. He will put forward the case
for colonoscopy as the optimal screening
test. In contrast, Dr Antoni Castells from
Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, will
propose non-invasive screening tests as
being optimal. Research has provided
information on the molecular basis of
CRC development and Dr Castells will
introduce potential biomarkers and tests
from this information, and how these can
help in the future prevention of CRC and/
or early detection of the disease.
Professor Colin Rees from South Tyneside
NHS Trust, UK, and Dr Monique van
Leerdam from the Netherlands Cancer
Institute, Amstelveen, The Netherlands,
will present conflicting views of
decision-making for suspicious lesions
in the colon. Is endoscopy superior to
histopathology for the diagnosis of early
cancer? Screening for CRC has paved
the way for the detection of early-stage
cancer and the presentations by Professor
Rees and Dr van Leerdam will provide
an insight into the information available
on potentially curative treatments in this
setting and the optimal management of
such patients.
“It is vitally important that patients
are accurately diagnosed and the
correct treatment modalities carried
out to provide a cure with minimal
incidence of recurrence,”
says Dr Roger Leicester from
St George’s Hospital, London,
who Co-Chairs the Session.
Endoscopic submucosal dissection has
emerged as an innovative technique
for resection of early lesions, but is this
technically challenging procedure superior
to transanal endoscopic microsurgery for
early rectal tumours? Professor Alessandro
Repici from Humanitas Medical School,
Milan, Italy, will present the case for and
against both techniques in early CRC.
Look out for three Live Endoscopy
sessions transmitted from Vienna General
Hospital (Medical University)
Your direct access to congress recordings, E-posters & abstracts
Tuesday October 21
Hall A
Vienna Info-Counter
Vienna Info-Counter is located in the
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Saturday 18 - Tuesday October 21
08.00 – 18.00
Wednesday October 22
08.00 – 16.00
Vienna Skyline
Coffee Breaks
& Lunch
Coffee breaks and lunch for the
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
and the ESGENA Conference on
Saturday October 18 and Sunday
October 19 are provided in the foyers
A, B, C, E and F as well as in the
Crystal Lounge of the ACV.
Visit the UEG
Association Village
on the 1st floor
Meet representatives
of UEG’s Member Societies
St. Charles’s Church
Imperial Court Theatre
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
Diagnosing IBD: What’s significant?
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) can present with a variety of symptoms,
the most common of which include
abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhoea,
weight loss and extreme tiredness. However,
some patients suffer only a few symptoms
at intermittent intervals, making accurate
diagnosis a challenge.
In today’s Plenary I Session, What is
important when diagnosing IBD?
Dr Maria Abreu from the University
of Miami, FL, USA, will discuss what
information clinicians need to make
a confident IBD diagnosis
Saturday October 18
09.00 – 10.30
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Hall A
She will consider the essential role of
endoscopy and biopsies, then discuss
the evidence that underpins the use of
diagnostic tools including genetic testing,
radiology and serology. Dr Abreu works
at the forefront of IBD research and has
recently described a novel hypothesis
to explain the link between bacteria,
inflammation and colon cancer in IBD
Registered participants for the
Postgraduate Teaching Programme
receive their syllabus USB stick of UEG
Week 2014 at the distribution counter
in the Entrance Hall.
Live Streaming
of Sessions
Become part of UEG Week and view
There are many possible complications
over 100 sessions of Europe’s largest
in IBD. Dr Ben-Horin Shomron from Tel
GI meeting from wherever you want!
Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel, will
discuss whether disease complications UEG will connect everyone to its
and outcomes can be predicted at initial annual meeting via live stream on the
diagnosis. There are many predictive UEG Week live website.
markers of IBD but integrating the
Lean back and get updated on relevant
impact of each is not easy. Dr Shomrom st
will discuss computer models that have GI and liver topics free of charge, and
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For treatments
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effective, clinicians
need to differentiate between IBD subtypes,
ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
During today’s session Professor Geert
d’Haens from Academic Medical Centre,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will discuss There is a room set apart for prayer. It
how clinicians can differentiate between the is a quiet place, where delegates may
two conditions and if such differentiation is withdraw to seek divine strength and
guidance. The prayer room is located in
as important as first thought.
Room OE F140 on the ground floor.
Improve your skills in the
Hands On @ UEG Week Area
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Prayer Room
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Visit the ESGE Learning Area (training in cooperation
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Location: The Gallery, 1st Floor
Opening Hours
Saturday October 18 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday October 19 09.00 – 17.00
Monday October 20 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday October 21 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday October 22 09.00 – 14.00
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Gastroenterology: A political priority for
Europe’s future
Gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases are
a burden to healthcare in Europe. Almost 1
in every 3 European citizen will suffer from
a GI disease at least once in their lifetime,
while the prevalence of hepatocellular
carcinoma – the most common type of
liver cancer – is increasing throughout
Europe.1,2 Despite this, the European
health agenda does not prioritise research
or clinical care in these areas.
But before any politician is ready to
sanction more strategic investment in
digestive and liver health, they always ask
one thing: what difference will my support
make in the future?
Monday’s Session, Gastroenterology and
hepatology in Europe: Past, present and
future, gives you a chance to speculate
on the future. What could European
healthcare look like in 10, 20 or even 30
years from now?
Monday October 20
14.00 – 15.30
Hall C
Speakers will discuss three stark scenarios:
an economic crash and the collapse
of public healthcare; an age of silicon
advances and automated diagnoses; and
a golden age of unified healthcare across
the continent.
But these bright visions of optimal care for
all are more than pure speculation; these
scenarios could possibly become reality as
soon as 2040, the speakers insist. What the
gastroenterology community does today
will affect what we can achieve tomorrow.
So how can we usher in that techno-golden
age? UEG is already working towards a
brighter future. It promotes awareness of
GI diseases in the European Parliament
in Brussels and political spheres across
Following the European Parliament’s
landmark adoption of the Written
Declaration on Fighting Colorectal Cancer in
2010, UEG has continued to work tirelessly
to support this initiative. Colorectal cancer
(CRC) is the second highest cause of
cancer mortality in Europe, but screening
can reduce mortality by 30%.3 UEG wants
to see more research and the EU-wide
introduction of screening; it has kept this
topic high on the European Union’s health
agenda through campaigns, conferences
and active promotion.
hear results
from two major
new reports
UEG Week Symposium
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
in Europe: Past, present and future
Date: Monday October 20, 2014
Time: 14.00-15.30
Hosted by
United European Gastroenterology
Room: Hall C
Scientific Programme
CRC is just one of many GI diseases that
together account for significant mortality,
according to findings just published in the
UEG White Book. This publication contains
results of a comprehensive survey into the
impact of digestive disorders and liver
disease on patient mortality, morbidity
and quality of life. Do not miss Monday’s
session to hear all about the importance of
the White Book’s analysis of the economic
burden of GI and liver diseases in Europe,
and their implications for the future of
healthcare in Europe.
What the gastroenterology community
does today will affect what we can
achieve tomorrow
2. Venook AP, et al. Oncologist 2010;15:5–13
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Live endoscopy:
Watch world-class experts at work
Have you ever wished you could be taught
endoscopy procedures by an expert? The
UEG Postgraduate Training Programme
and UEG Week conference now offer you
the chance.
As part of the event, the panel of experts
on stage will also discuss how the latest
endoscopy innovations, including novel
materials and concepts, are being
integrated into clinical practice.1
Take front row seats as we bring you
procedures performed live at the Vienna
General Hospital (Medical University)!
Live sessions offer you a unique ‘fly on the
wall’ opportunity to take your learning to
the next level.
As part of the Postgraduate Teaching
Programme, Saturday’s live transmissions
(11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.30, Hall A)
will reveal tips and techniques from two
endoscopy sessions. The hospital team,
accompanied by speakers on stage,
will guide you through each step of the
procedure with a full commentary. You can
learn about their choice of instruments,
observe teamwork dynamics and see how
experts make difficult decisions. Short
talks will accompany each live broadcast.
But don’t worry if you miss out:
Live Endoscopy hits the big screen again
on Tuesday during UEG Week with three
live transmissions
Tuesday October 21
08.30 – 10.30, 11.00 – 12.30
and 14.00 – 15.30
Hall A
1. Vanbiervliet G, et al. Endoscopy 2014;46:791–4
New treatments help to
stem upper GI bleeding
Acute upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding is the most
common emergency for clinical gastroenterologists and it
has significant morbidity.
Despite advances in therapeutic endoscopy, mortality has not
improved significantly in the past 50 years. Elderly patients and
those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for death,
particularly from rebleeding after endoscopic therapy. At Sunday’s
Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB): Management and outcomes
Session, speakers will discuss how the latest research is helping to
improve clinical outcomes for patients with such bleeding (Sunday,
14.00 – 16.00, Hall A).1
Professor Ian Gralnek from the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology, Haifa, Israel, will describe his recent work with video
capsules. Delivering good visibility of the GI tract without the risk
of additional trauma, these tiny cameras are helping to improve
haemorrhage interventions.2 Professor Gralnek’s research is also
looking at how gastroenterologists can use the latest endoscopy
strategies to stem bleeds.3
Upper GI bleeding may be a serious side effect in patients on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are known
to trigger perforations in the gut and sometimes cause acute
obstructions. According to Chair of Sunday’s Session, Professor
Chris Hawkey (University of Nottingham, UK), all types of NSAIDs
significantly increase upper GI complications.4 He suggests that
gastroenterologists should adapt their clinical approach based on
a patient’s specific NSAID regime.4
Although clinicians now have a much clearer picture of the adverse
effects from NSAIDs and anticoagulants such as clopidogrel, novel
oral anticoagulants are emerging as exciting treatment options for
a variety of conditions. Speakers at Sunday’s session will discuss
how these new treatments and pharmacological strategies will
affect gastroenterology case loads.
“This session will provide an important update on the
optimal management of upper GI bleeding and how
we deal with patients who are taking preparations that
increase the risk of bleeding,”
says Dr Roger Leicester from St George’s Hospital, London,
who Co-Chairs the Session.
Attention will turn to acute GI bleeding again on Wednesday
during the day’s Poster Session (Wednesday, 09.00 – 17.00, Hall
XL). A poster presented by Dr Pardeep Maheshwari from Galway
University Hospitals, Ireland, offers the latest evidence that patients
with a score of 2 on the Glasgow Blatchford Scoring (GBS) system
can be treated safely as outpatients (Abstract P1262). The GBS
system helps gastroenterologists select appropriate treatment
options. It was previously thought that scores of 0 to 1 pointed to
outpatient endoscopy, while higher scores indicated the need for
inpatient treatment.
Other results presented in Wednesday’s Poster Session also
support use of the GBS system. A retrospective study has assessed
how inpatient referral rates are affected when GBS is introduced
as a mandatory part of the endoscopy referral pathway (Abstract
P1586). Completion of the GBS assessment rose from 10% to 34%
in the study, according to Dr Radu-Ionut Rusu from St George’s
Hospital, London, UK, who will present the findings. This led to a
drop of 8.5% in referrals for inpatient treatment among patients
with scores of 0 to 1.
Also on Wednesday, Dr Vera Hoffman-Kloss from the University
Hospital of Cologne, Germany, will present a poster on an
alternative to GBS: Cologne-Watch Risk Prediction (C-WATCH,
Abstract P1588). This system focuses on variceal bleeding in a preendoscopic assessment. Dr Hoffman-Kloss will show that C-WATCH
easily stratifies patients requiring in- and outpatient treatment and
the next step is its validation in a variety of patient populations.
Scoring systems help identify patients who require hospital
admission, but can clinicians predict which lesions warrant
endoscopic treatment? A recent study shows that patients with
haematemesis, systolic hypotension or leukocytosis are more likely
to be diagnosed with lesions that pose a high risk of haemorrhage.
Dr Pedro Boal Carvalho from the University of Minho, Guimarães,
Portugal found that one-third of patients with non-variceal upper
GI bleeds had lesions that presented a high risk for haemorrhage
during esophagogastroduodenoscopy (Abstract P1585). He will
present the full results of his study in a poster on Wednesday,
showing that patients who undergo esophagogastroduodenoscopy
(EGD) within 12 hours of haemorrhage are more likely to be
diagnosed with high risk lesions.
These advances in haemorrhage prevention and treatment are set
to make a significant clinical impact. But what is the economic
burden of acute upper GI bleeding today?
Wednesday’s Poster Session will include estimates of the economic
and quality of life burden of acute upper GI bleeds. According to Dr
Vipul Jairath (University of Oxford, UK), the mean cost of 1-month’s
treatment for acute upper GI bleeding is £2822 (Abstract P1589).
Dr Jairath found that patients had a quality of life much lower than
that of the population average. His findings are expected to inform
analyses of the cost-effectiveness of different treatments for acute
bleeds and support the future development of interventions and
clinical guidelines.
How do you manage upper GI bleeds?
Have your say via the UEG Week App to vote at the interactive panel
discussion in Sunday’s Session, Upper gastrointestinal bleeding
(UGIB): Management and outcomes
Sunday October 19
14.00 – 16.00
Hall A
1. 2. 3. 4. Granlek IM. Endoscopy 2014;46:772–4
Meltzer AC, et al. Am J Emerg Med 2014;32:823–32
Khamaysi I, et al. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol 2013;27:633–8
Bhala N, et al. Lancet 2013;382:769–79
UEG Week News
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Twitter discussions at #UEGWeek
UEG Week Live
What’s new
at UEG Week in 2014?
UEG Week Live offers livestreams
including Q&A options to ask
questions live to the podium, a
social media feed to share your
congress experience, daily up-todate news on GI, and UEG Week
24/7 presenting recordings of
the latest livestreams including
plenary lectures. Discover the full
live experience, visit
There will be multiple opportunities to
discuss burning questions, case studies
and more with leading international
researchers and clinicians. At the end
of some symposia, a moderated Panel
Discussion will involve invited speakers,
while other sessions offer delegates the
chance to chat with speakers in small
Interact: Look for Panel Discussion and
Chat with the Speakers Sessions in your
UEG has also boosted the number of
daily lunchtime Round Table Discussions
from one to four. These sessions were a
resounding success when introduced in
2013, but no tickets are issued, so arrive
early to avoid disappointment!
New for 2014 are Therapy Updates
on state-of-the-art treatment options
in key disorders, such as biologics in
inflammatory bowel disease. There will
also be more Translational/Basic Science
Sessions covering potentially practicechanging research.
Posters continue to offer a great format
for sharing Free Paper findings with
peers and this year, the UEG Week
Programme includes Poster Champ and
Posters in the Spotlight Sessions. These
Sessions promote hot topic research
and give poster presenters additional
exposure, while offering an opportunity
for delegates to exchange ideas with the
Recent advances in the diagnostics
and therapeutics of digestive oncology
warrant the focus of the one-day
symposium, Advances in Clinical
Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The
National Societies Symposia will expand
this year and focus on Helicobacter pylori
and liver transplantation – key topics in
clinical practice.
More than ever before, UEG Week 2014
sees an even greater number of sessions
live streamed online – indicated by the
‘live’ icon in your programme.
Be sure to register at myUEG (www.ueg.
eu/myueg), then log in or use the UEG
Week App to view live streamed sessions
Whichever sessions you attend, you
will be able to interact, participate and
engage with colleagues from around
the world more than ever before at UEG
Young GI Network
Pick up you certificate
of attendance
Foyer B on 2nd Floor
UEG prides itself on providing high
quality educational initiatives for
gastroenterologists, hepatologists and
other medical specialists working in the
field. Once again this year, UEG Week
has been accredited by the European
Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (EACCME).
A maximum of 28 hours of European
external continuing medical education
(CME) credits are available for UEG Week
2014. To claim your CME credits, simply
go along to the CME Terminals next to the
registration counter in the entrance lobby,
fill out the evaluation form and print out
your CME certificate straight away or
you can get it online at the UEG Week
Visit the AMA website to find
out how you can convert EACCME
Posters in the Spotlight Sessions are an
excellent platform for in-depth scientific
exchange with Faculty and peers in a
relaxed atmosphere
Don’t forget!
A certificate of attendance at UEG Week
2014 can be issued at the CME Terminals
located next to the registration counter in
the entrance lobby. You can also obtain
your certificate on the UEG Week website
CME credits
Are you a North American delegate
attending UEG Week 2014 and
want to claim CME credits?
What to expect from Monday onwards
Each year, UEG Week strives to be even
better than before. This year, we are
more interactive than ever, with greater
opportunities to network with experts
and participate in sessions.
Pick up your...
Our new initiative offers young
delegates the opportunity to network
and exchange scientific ideas with
peers and senior experts and get
recommendations and guidance
on the scientific programme.
In 2014 we proudly present
Experience UEG Week live: Follow the livestream on
the UEG website and get updated on the latest GI and
liver topics! Connect to the UEG Week Social Wall and
become part of the GI community.
Livestreams including
Q&A options
Social Media feed to
share your congress
Daily up-to-date
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presenting recordings
of the latest livestreams
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Young GI
Wondering what ‘YGN’ stands
for on your UEG Week 2014
conference badge?
Welcome to a world of tailored benefits and
extra support to make this year’s congress an
event to remember!
As a registered UEG Week delegate younger than
40 years of age, you are automatically a member of
the Young GI Network, with access to the Young GI
Lounge. If you are below the age of 40, but do not
have ‘YGN’ on your conference badge, stop by at the
Young GI Lounge to join the Network. Access to the
Lounge is also granted to dedicated Young GI Network
The Young GI Network was set up to give young
trainees the best chance to share ideas, gain advice
and network with other early career delegates and
senior colleagues.
This new initiative offers you all this, as well as the
opportunity to exchange scientific ideas with top
speakers and senior experts and be guided through
the scientific programme by mentors.
As a young gastroenterologist, this week is about
much more than just listening to presentations of the
latest research advances. We anticipate that you will
also want to forge friendships, build up contacts and
develop your professional network with peers from
across Europe and around the world.
The Young GI Lounge, located in Foyer B, is open every
day for you to drop in and network. Grab a coffee
and charge your tablet as you meet contemporaries.
This is a great place for impromptu debates as you
explore scientific ideas and tease apart what you have
learned. You can also contribute to UEG Week social
media activities, connecting delegates and bringing
highlights to a global audience.
Senior academics, clinicians and mentors – including
members of UEG’s Young Talent Group – will also
be around to guide you through the scientific
programme, help you to pick the most relevant
presentations and provide you with whatever advice
they can. Remember to follow the Young GI Track in
your conference programme, designed especially for
gastroenterology trainees and young fellows to get
the most out of UEG Week 2014.
The UEG Young Talent Group members will be on hand
in the Young GI Lounge to answer your questions about
ongoing activities and help you become involved with
these. The Young Talent Group has eight international
members whose responsibility is to make UEG and
UEG Week initiatives more accessible and appealing
for young gastroenterologists.
As a registered UEG Week delegate younger than 40
years of age, you will have received your invite to
Sunday’s Let’s Meet! event. New for 2014, this drinks
reception offers a unique opportunity for you to
network with peers, mentors and senior GI experts
while admiring the picturesque views over Vienna
and the Danube.
At a glance
Flash your YGN conference badge to
access the Young GI Lounge at the
following times:
Saturday October 18
10.30 – 17.00
Sunday October 19
10.30 – 16.30
Monday October 20
10.30 – 18.00
Tuesday October 21
08.00 – 18.00
Wednesday October 22
08.00 – 14.00
Please note that ‘Let’s Meet!’ is a
pre-registered event with limited
space, but there is still room if you
are eligible to attend and you have not
yet received your invite; check back
at the Young GI Lounge on Saturday
and Sunday.
UEG Week News
Your questions
There’s so much
choice! How do I
create a customised
congress itinerary?
Keep forgetting which sessions you flagged
for the day? You can create your own
personalised schedule of scientific sessions
online or by using the UEG Week App.
To make a personalised programme, create
an account and log into UEG Week online
( to browse the
congress programme. If you want to attend
an event or talk, just click the check box.
When you’re done, press the ‘Add’ button
in the green feature box of the Personalised
You can even add these events to your
personal calendar via the UEG Week App
(download via Apple’s AppStore or Google
Play). Just click on the star icon next to events
you want to attend in the app’s programme
section. You can browse and manage your
bookmarked events in the My Congress
section located in the Main Menu.
What does the Young
Talent Group do?
UEG Week 2014 welcomes a record number
of trainee gastroenterologists and young
fellows. The eight international members
of the UEG Young Talent Group have pulled
out all the stops to make this congress
a memorable event for all our budding
investigators and clinicians.
The Young GI Track, for example, highlights
the most relevant scientific sessions for
early career delegates, while the Let’s Meet!
event (Sunday, 17.00) provides the perfect
ambiance for international networking.
Want to know what else the Young Talent
Group has to offer? If you haven’t yet hit
40, find out more by visiting the Young GI
Lounge (Foyer B).
Got fresh ideas on how to support
trainees? If you are below the age of 35,
why not apply to join the Young Talent
Group? Watch out for more details on
the UEG website later this year!
How can I ask a
question to the speaker?
Questions to speakers may be addressed
via the hall microphones or the congress
mobile app.
The Q & A tool is available in the following
session halls: Hall A, Hall B, Hall C, Hall D,
Hall E, Hall F1, Hall F2, Hall G/H, Hall I/K.
Postgraduate Teaching Scientific Programme
Bad bugs – the fight against Clostridium difficile
New innovations
Saturday afternoon’s session is a difficult to treat. Dr Eero Mattila from the
Why is UEG so excited about the Postgraduate
Teaching Programme in 2014?
A key innovation this year is the introduction
of the 3-year, rolling curriculum. The
curriculum content was hand-picked by the
course directors on the basis of its clinical
importance within gastrointestinal, liver and
pancreatic diseases. The idea was to give all
of you the possibility to educate yourselves
not only on the mainstream topics, but also
with the option of choosing from a variety of
topics according to your individual clinical
needs. We felt strongly that symptom-based
sessions rather than organ- or disease-based
sessions would reflect your daily practice and
we focused on this in the break-out sessions.
By establishing a 3-year curriculum, we offer
you participation in a comprehensive course
for every European gastroenterologist.
In addition this year, we have revamped the
Programme’s format; the result of many
discussions and input from key educators.
Feedback from previous years of the 2-day
Postgraduate Teaching Programme and from
the UEG Summer School has told us that
increasing the interactivity of the sessions
enhances the learning experience for
To this end, one of the key innovations of the
2014 Postgraduate Teaching Programme is
the inclusion of clinical case sessions that offer
the opportunity for discussion with the Faculty
and peers. These sessions are designed to
include what is seen in everyday clinical
practice and should enhance your ability to
deal with these scenarios from an evidencebased background. We strongly rely on your
participation to make these sessions a success
but we are sure that your involvement will be
rewarded in many ways.
reminder that common conditions like
gastroenteritis should never be taken
lightly. Infections caused by Clostridium
difficile are increasing, with surprisingly
high rates of mortality.1 Hospital patients
with C. difficile infection (CDI) are up to
three times more likely to die in hospital,
or within a month of infection, than those
without CDI.2,3
According to the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control, CDI may
cost the EU as much as €3 billion per
annum, a figure expected to double over
the next 40 years.4
Misdiagnosis is partly to blame. In 2013
the European EUCLID study found that
CDI is misdiagnosed in nearly a quarter
of hospital patients.5 The study found that
over half of European hospitals still do not
follow the most accurate two-stage testing
Professor Mark Wilcox from the University
of Leeds, UK, co-ordinated the EUCLID
study. He stresses the importance of
optimised diagnostics and universal
testing for all hospital in-patients.
Even with better diagnosis, CDI remains
University of Helsinki, Finland, outlines
treatment options for severe cases and
recurrent infections that arise in almost half
of treated patients. He has found that C.
difficile immune whey is well tolerated and as
effective as metronidazole in the prevention
of CDI recurrences. Faecal microbiota
transplantation using colonoscopy also
appears to be effective against infections
from the virulent 027 strain.
Also in this session:
Prevention of CDI transmission:
Immunisation, probiotics, reduced
Management of acute infectious
diarrhoea in infants and young
Management of food poisoning and
traveller’s diarrhoea in adults
1.Mitchell BG, Gardner A. Antimicrob Resist Infect
Control 2010;1:20
2. Oake N, et al. Arch Intern Med 2010;170:1804–10
3. Hensgens MP, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2013;56:1108–16
5.Davies K, et al. ECCMID, Berlin, Germany, 27–30
April 2013. Poster LB-2968
The Postgraduate Teaching Programme offers
world-class Continuing Medical Education
delivered by the best presenters. Worldleading experts have been selected on the
basis of their excellent teaching ability, their
competence in providing an overview of the
topic and their ability to interact with the
audience. Please feel free to challenge them
so that you maximise your knowledge!
We would especially like to draw your
attention to sessions, such as What is
important when diagnosing IBD? (Saturday,
09.00 – 10.30, Hall A) and Refractory IBD: A
clinical challenge (Saturday, 11.00 – 13.00,
Hall E). We all agree that 2014 will be
known as the year in which hepatitis C has
been cured and Professors Joost P.H. Drenth
and Heiner Wedemeyer have put together
an extremely enlightening programme on
this topic (Viral hepatitis: Cure by modern
regimens? Saturday, 11.00 – 13.00, Hall C).
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is predicted to
be the second leading cause of cancer death
in 2030 and we hope that you will learn in
the Postgraduate Teaching Programme how
to prevent this dismal forecast (Pancreatic
adenocarcinoma (PDAC): Still without hope?
Saturday, 11.00 – 13.00, Hall B). Also, we are
all faced with ‘abdominal emergencies’ and
it may be time to refresh our knowledge in
this area (An update on the management of
abdominal emergencies, Saturday, 14.00 –
16.30, Hall E).
Please have a look at the programme and
enjoy the course in 2014. We are confident that
2014’s Postgraduate Teaching Programme
will be the best yet!
Need an energy boost?
Recharge yourself and your
electronic devices in the
Young GI Lounge
in Foyer B on the 2nd floor.
Join the Young GI Network today!
Access is granted to UEG Week delegates below the age of
40 and dedicated Young GI Network mentors.
Find out more on or on the UEG Week App
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UEG Colorectal Cancer Media Campaign
UEG Week
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Colorectal cancer is the second biggest
cancer killer in Europe yet the percentage of
eligible adults taking part in CRC screening
throughout the EU is lower than the uptake
of other cancer screening programmes.
To address this issue and continue UEG‘s
commitment to the European Parliament’s
Written Declaration on Fighting Colorectal
Cancer, UEG delivered a call to action
media campaign from March to June 2014.
The campaign was timed to coincide
with European Cancer Awareness Month
(March) and the UEG meeting at the Brno
conference on CRC screening (April 25-26).
The campaign highlighted the growing
incidence of colorectal cancer and urged
of all cancer
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likely to take paRt in sCReening
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of adult CanCeR in euRope annually
studies highlight that
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the European population to participate in
colorectal cancer screening to help reduce
incidence and meet the EU target of a 2030% reduction in colorectal cancer deaths.
been identified as a major challenge to
screening uptake and UEG called for an
increase in nurse endoscopy training
across Europe to highlight these issues.
In addition to a patient campaign,
healthcare professionals were targeted
via key European medical media to broach
the subject of colorectal cancer screening
and encourage their patients to overcome
the ‘embarrassment barrier’ and mobilise
them to participate in life-saving national
The campaign was supported with a
European incidence map, data infographic
and a #ScreeningSavesLives social media
campaign. Pan-European media coverage
was achieved across 79 media channels
and the social media campaign received
strong support from a range of patient
organisations, medical professionals
and consumers throughout Europe, with
a potential audience engagement of
Disparity in training provision and
across European countries has also
Instant access to live
Stuck at the hotel or leaving for the
airport early? Don’t worry, there’s no
need to miss a session!
Around half of this year’s UEG Week
sessions will be streamed live online.
To tune in, first register at myUEG
(, then log in
or use the UEG Week App. You can
even pose questions to the speakers
during our interactive Q&A slots.
You can also catch up on UEG Week
when you get home. All delegates
have free, continuous access to our
session webcasts, so you can listen
again to key sessions, watch some of
the presentations you missed and view
E-posters and abstracts again and again.
Log into and
relive UEG Week at your own pace, 24/7!
Download the App!
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Postgraduate Teaching Programme
Recent research offers hope in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is
among the most lethal solid tumours.1
Patients initially have few symptoms and
80% are diagnosed with metastasis, while
median overall survival is less than 6
months.1 3 Early resection offers a chance of
cure provided PDAC is detected at an early
stage; however, more effective screening
is needed to improve risk stratification and
early detection of disease.4
Speakers in Saturday’s Session, Pancreatic
adenocarcinoma (PDAC): Still without
hope? will discuss how the latest research
brings new hope to patients and clinicians
working in this field (11.00 – 13.00, Hall
Professor Marco Bruno from Erasmus
Netherlands, will discuss new advances
in the use of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
for detecting PDAC. Screening with EUS
provides detailed images of the pancreas,
helping in the early detection of disease.
Used in combination with magnetic
resonance imaging, EUS is effective for
detecting small, cystic lesions and is
useful for staging PDAC.2,4
Dr Andrea Laghi from Sapienza
University of Rome, Italy and Dr Johanna
Munding from Ruhr-University Bochum,
Germany, will present the radiologist’s
and the pathologist’s perspectives on the
differential diagnosis of pancreatic lesions.
Possible differential diagnoses are benign
and malignant pancreatic tumours,
intrapancreatic metastasis, pancreatic
malformations and abnormalities of the
pancreas presenting as solid masses.5
Professor John Neoptolemos from the
University of Liverpool, UK, will give his
perspectives on resectable PDAC and how
this affects outcomes. As a member of the
International Study Group of Pancreatic
Surgery, who recently published a
consensus statement defining borderline
resectability and treatment of these
patients,6 Professor Neoptolemos is
ideally placed to discuss this topic.
Professor Jean-Luc Van Laethem from
Erasme University Hospital, Brussels,
Belgium, will present on systemic
therapies. Gemcitabine has been the
mainstay of systemic treatment for
PDAC over the past 15 years, but patient
outcomes remain poor. Professor Van
Laethem will stress the need to provide
personalised, rather than standard
therapy. To help achieve this, however,
he says, “We need to enrol patients and
tissue in co-operative trials in which we
gain a better understanding of PDAC at
the molecular level and which incorporate
the development of biomarkers.”
1. He XY, Yuan YZ. World J Gastroenterol
2. Tamburrino D, et al. World J Gastroenterol 2014
3. Gayral M, et al. World J Gastroenterol
4. Becker AE, et al. World J Gastroenterol
5. Kersting S, et al. JOP 2012;13:268–77
6. Bockhorn M, et al. Surgery 2014;155:977–88
Audience voting
Look out for our interactive Audience Voting
Sessions with audience participation
– answer audience polls and vote on
motions. Pick up a keypad device at the
hall entrance or use the voting feature
available on the free UEG Week App.
Download the UEG Week App from Apple’s
AppStore or Google Play.
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Now online and available to download!
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