Translating the basics at UEG Week 2014

October 16, 2014 By: Rui Castro

Translating the basics at UEG Week 2014

If you're a GI researcher interested in basic and translational science, you could be forgiven for not registering for the postgraduate teaching programme at UEG Week 2014. Well, if you happen to be arriving in Vienna this weekend, I invite you to give it a try—you might leave with your next big grant project idea on your hands!

The postgraduate teaching programme on Saturday and Sunday will focus on the most recent and urgent clinical needs in how to better diagnose, manage and treat GI diseases, with basic and translational science having an increasing role in providing answers. For more information, please have a look at the postgraduate teaching programme online. 

If you prefer to enjoy the city sights during the weekend and start fresh on Monday morning, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn and interact. Indeed, UEG has increased the number of translational/basic science symposia available during this year's core meeting. The first symposium takes place on Monday morning, with a session on nuclear receptors and the molecular pathways governing insulin resistance and lipotoxicity in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In the afternoon, you can learn about novel regulatory mechanisms involving cytokines and intestinal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease.

Four (!) additional translational/basic science sessions take place on Tuesday, with topics ranging from the implications of molecular pathogenesis on endoscopic therapy for Barrett's oesophagus to the development of cystic pancreatic lesions, dysbiosis and intestinal barrier defects, and bile acids and nuclear receptors.

The final day of the meeting will feature the latest on genetics and upper GI cancer, focusing on its clinical relevance, as well as the emerging role of microbiota in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

This also seems like the perfect opportunity to draw your attention to the Young GI Network activities taking place during UEG Week 2014, where delegates below the age of 40 will have the unique opportunity to talk with and receive guidance from experienced scientists and physicians. To make these interactions easier and more casual, UEG has prepared a dedicated lounge at the venue where you can network with peers from around the world and form new collaborations over a smooth cup of coffee. For more information please check out the plans for the Young GI Network at UEG Week 2104.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the translational/basic science content at this year’s meeting! Please feel free to comment here or tweet with one or more of the following hashtags: #UEGWeek #Science #UEGEducation. Alternatively, why not come and talk to us in person at the UEG Education Lounge, which is located in Hall Z.

As a final reminder, and in case you won't be able to join us in person this year, UEG will be live streaming a significant amount of sessions through UEG Week Live. As an alternative, or if you cannot decide on which parallel session to attend, we also have things covered; all recorded presentations will be made available via UEG 24/7.

About the author

Dr Rui Castro is currently a Principal Investigator at the Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Portugal. He completed his PhD at the University of Lisbon and the Department of Medicine (GI Division), University of Minnesota Medical School, USA, in 2006. Since then, Dr Castro has been combining his background on the modulation of liver cell function with his most recent discoveries in the miRNA field, to answer key questions on liver physiology and pathophysiology, while supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students under the GI umbrella. In 2015, he was selected as a UEG Rising Star. Follow Rui on Twitter @RuiCastroHD.



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