How to stomach H. pylori during UEG Week 2014

October 16, 2014 By: Christen Rune Stensvold

How to stomach H. pylori during UEG Week 2014

UEG Week 2014 is now just a few days away, and if your research or specialty involves upper GI diseases, such as gastric ulcers or gastric cancer, you're sure to get your fill at this year’s meeting.

With more than 35 sessions of relevance to choose from, we've selected a few that you might find interesting and informative, but do consider downloading the UEG Week Vienna Pathways Tool to make sure you're not missing out!

The postgraduate teaching programme on Sunday has a lot in store for you. In the morning, there is a session on advanced endoscopic techniques, including gastrointestinal imaging and submucosal endoscopy. Around noon, you'll need to choose between three practical sessions that are supported by case presentations: learn more about managing and caring for patients with terminal GI cancer, progress in dysphagia and gastroparesis or whether we've solved all the problems associated with H. pylori infection. The afternoon is completed by a session on management and outcomes of upper GI bleeding, including endoscopic management, blood transfusion, pharmacological strategies for improving outcomes in acute upper GI bleeding, and information on the impact of novel oral anticoagulants on the gastroenterologist's case load.

How H. pylori alters stem cell homeostasis by direct colonization of the gastric glands is the subject of a talk by Michael Sigal in Monday morning's opening plenary session in Hall A. If you choose to stay put in Hall A, you will certainly be able to find something to your liking in the 'What's new in 2014' session. Alternatively, you may want to proceed to Hall D if you're particularly interested in issues related to acute upper GI bleeding, or to Hall B if you’re more into topics related to belching, aerophagia, hiccups, rumination or cyclic vomiting. Of course, functional dyspepsia is also on the menu. Talks on diagnostic criteria and therapeutic approaches will surely attract quite a few attendants in a symposium dedicated to new thoughts in functional dyspepsia. This symposium also includes a talk on the role of food allergy in dyspepsia, and data on the association of serum adipocytokines and gut hormone levels with gastric emptying and symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia will be presented. Monday finishes with talks and a panel discussion on 'quality endoscopy', including upper GI diagnosis, and should give rise to some interesting discussions based on experience and data from around the world. By the way, don't forget to season your Monday with some of the 'Best of DDW' from 14.00—15.30 in Hall A.

There are two free paper sessions on offer if you're up and about bright and early on Tuesday morning: one on upper GI bleeding (risk factors and management) and the other on gastric carcinogenesis (new insights into pathogenesis and management). Tuesday morning is also H. pylori galore and offers an entire symposium on H. pylori-associated gastric carcinogenesis, covering everything on how H. pylori is able to induce gastric cancer. Unsurprisingly, there will be presentations on H. pylori-induced epigenetic changes, H. pylori-mediated miRNA regulation, proteolytic activity, and how iron deficiency may be involved in H. pylori-associated carcinogenesis. Later in the day, Hall B will also host talks on function tests for the upper GI tract and this session is a must for those interested in lactose intolerance and for those who do not really know what to make of oesophageal high-resolution manometry.

If you're not full by the end of Tuesday, there's still plenty on offer on the final day of the meeting. On Wednesday lunchtime there are limited spaces available at two Round Table Discussions: one on the impact of long-term PPI use and one on molecular guided therapy for GI cancer. You also have your pick of two Wednesday afternoon symposia. In case you want to update yourself on advances in obtaining a mechanistic understanding of dyspepsia, Hall B is the place to be. Here you will also get a general update on dyspepsia, including data on new drugs, psychological therapies, and diagnostic tools. If adenocarcinoma of the oesophago-gastric junction sounds more alluring, then you should proceed to Hall F1. Here, different aspects of diagnosis and treatment will be dealt with, and the session highlights the relevance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to this particular disease.

Finally, don't forget to check out the poster sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with 'Posters in the Spotlight' available for viewing in the E-poster lounge on those days.

We'd love to hear what stomach and H. pylori content you find interesting throughout the meeting, so please do tweet to let us know by including one or more of the following hashtags: #UEGWeek #Stomach #Hpylori #upperGI #UEGEducation.

In case you're not attending UEG Week in person, please note that many of the talks will be made available as they happen via UEG Week Live – just follow the livestream on the UEG website ( If you can't catch every talk as it happens (in person or via the livestream), then you're in luck because all recorded sessions will be made available via UEG 24/7 (

Bon appétit!

About the author

Dr Christen Rune Stensvold is a Senior Scientist and Public Health Microbiologist with specialty in parasitology. He has a Bachelor degree in Medical Sciences, an MSc in Parasitology, and a PhD in Health Sciences. He has been based at Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, since 2004. Since 2006, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 articles in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2013, he was awarded the Fritz Kauffmann Prize for his contribution to clinical microbiology in Denmark. For many years, he has been pursuing the role of common intestinal micro-eukaryotes in human health and disease. Follow Rune on Twitter @Eukaryotes.



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