UEG Week 2014 in transit: A view from the intestine

October 16, 2014 By: Christen Rune Stensvold

UEG Week 2014 in transit: A view from the intestine

With UEG Week 2014 just around the corner, we have forged a brief summary for your perusal that might be of interest if you're into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other issues related to functional and organic bowel diseases.

Unsurprisingly, IBD is one of the major topics at UEG Week 2014. If IBD is your thing, then you should kick things off with the postgraduate teaching programme on Saturday and Sunday, when you can learn more about what's important for diagnosis, the challenges of refractory IBD and also skin lesions in IBD. And do make sure you're ready for Monday because it's jam-packed! The opening plenary session includes no fewer than two talks on 'How to translate basic immunology findings into clinical reality in IBD'. You may then want to stay put in Hall A to get updates on 'What's new in 2014' and to receive highlights from Digestive Disease Week 2014. However, you might prefer to stretch your legs and explore the convention centre. Why not look up environmental factors and IBD (Hall F2), conventional therapy for IBD (Hall I/K) or the free paper session on small bowel imaging and endoscopic interventions (Lounge 6), where you can get updates on everything from the diagnostic value of faecal calprotectin to the clinical usefulness of virtual enteroscopy for Crohn’s Disease. At lunchtime there's a round table discussion on treating IBD in patients with cancer and early in the afternoon there are parallel sessions on pathophysiology and new imaging tools. After all that, move to Hall E to be updated on the new European guidelines for diagnosing IBD or to Hall L/M to find out about new therapeutics for specific targets. Tuesday and Wednesday continue in the same vein, with more than ten other IBD sessions on offer—from management of complicated Crohn's disease to the best use of biologics, new biomarkers, new drugs, epidemiology and outcomes, targeting new pathways and what's new in 2014.

In order to bone up on coeliac disease and wheat allergy, you should look up the postgraduate teaching programme session in Hall E on Sunday morning. Monday sees an afternoon session on 'New Challenges in Gluten Sensitivity: From Bench to Bedside', and includes a talk on triggers and drivers of autoimmunity. Look up 'Posters in the Spotlight' on Tuesday afternoon to learn about the applicability of serological tests for the diagnosis of coeliac disease in asymptomatic children. Speaking of those who are asymptomatic—should they be put on a gluten-free diet? Find out at the round table discussion on Wednesday lunchtime! To learn more about diet, food intolerance, and nutrition you'll probably want to secure a seat in Hall G/H Wednesday from 11:00am.

Diet appears to be a major modulator of gut microbiota and this is one of the topics covered in the 'Today's Science Tomorrow's Medicine' session on 'Diet, immunity and systemic disease' in Hall R late on Monday morning. Moving on to bacteria, blooming blasters of bad bugs probably don't want to miss out on the postgraduate training programme on Saturday afternoon, which covers diagnosis, management and prevention of Clostridium difficile infections. Obviously, faecal microbial transplantation is bound to attract a lot of attention—make sure you secure your seat in Hall C on Tuesday afternoon!

To learn more about the gut microbiota in health and disease, the symposium on altered intestinal microbiota composition in IBS on Monday morning in Hall G/H is an absolute must. Participate in the debate on whether gut microbiota alterations in patients with IBS are a cause or a consequence. To be updated on FODMAP and gluten-free diets for IBS patients you just have to look up Hall I/K and Hall Q on Monday afternoon, and if this is not enough, a panoply of talks on restrictive diets is in store for you in Hall E just before lunch on Tuesday. Next, hurry to Hall G/H to participate in the round table discussion on how to manage the difficult IBS patient, and then, immediately after this, Hall D is certainly the place to be on Tuesday afternoon if you want to continue learning how to manage IBS patients successfully. Please, however, be aware that there is also a Translational/Basic Science pathway session on normal and abnormal cross-talk at the mucosal border and the relevance of this for GI function and dysfunction taking place on Tuesday afternoon (Hall L/M).

Faecal incontinence gets attention in the postgraduate teaching programme on Sunday, while constipation takes the stage on Tuesday afternoon—these two topics are also the focus of a free paper session in Hall R on Wednesday morning. Finally, don't forget the 'Neurogastroenterology and Motility: What’s new in 2014?' symposium in Hall 2 at 11:00–12:30 on Wednesday!

With so much on offer, don't forget that there are plenty of tools available to help you make the most of UEG Week 2014. Downloading the UEG Week Vienna Pathways Tool is one way of getting acquainted with the entire conference programme. Or maybe you prefer to download the UEG Week App instead? The App includes the 'Pathways' feature that enables you to identify exactly which sessions might be of particular interest for your specialty.

Many of the talks will be made available as they happen via UEG Week Live, which is great if you can't make the meeting in person. All recorded sessions will also be made available via UEG 24/7—perfect if you can't decide between parallel sessions!  

We'd love to hear what intestine and motility content you find interesting throughout the meeting, so please do tweet to let us know by including the hashtag #UEGEducation and one or more of the following: #Intestine #IBS #IBD #motility #microbiota #FMT (faecal microbial transplantation) #Cdiff  

Happy ruminating!



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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