What not to do at UEG Week

Most common things you should avoid when attending UEG Week, to help you get the most out of your congress participation.

Attending international conferences is important to stay up to date in the world of digestive health. For junior specialists, a big congress like UEG Week can be overwhelming. Henriette Heinrich is Gastroenterology Consultant in the Stadtspital Triemli, Zuerich, Switzerland, and incoming chair of the Young Talent Group. She has summarised the most common things you should avoid when attending UEG Week, to help you get the most out of your congress participation.

1. Not attending!

The biggest mistake you could make, of course, is not attending UEG Week at all. But fear not, if wild animals, bosses or other commitments keep you from attending, there is still the opportunity to access all the important talks from this year’s UEG Week and all previous UEG Weeks. Watch the content you missed any time, any place, anywhere via UEG Week 24/7. But still... you should really attend UEG Week. 

2. Not planning ahead @UEG Week 

This is probably one of the major pitfalls! First of all, try to make sure you benefit from early bird registration and if you are an undergraduate student, trainee or PhD student from reduced fees for registration.
For first-time visitors and the curious serial attendee, watch out for this year’s scavenger hunt at the Young GI Lounge to help you find your way around! Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what the UEG Week programme has to offer, no matter how many times you’ve attended. It’s like a GI candy store — and you have an unlimited budget. 
If you do not plan ahead, you will be torn between all the exciting, cutting-edge, hot-off-the press scientific presentations, the networking and the educational events like the Postgraduate Teaching (PGT) Programme. You will be an overexcited, highly disoriented, happily zooming-around butterfly, but completely exhausted and queuing for a taxi at the end of the day to go back to your hotel and sleep (missing out on various networking social events that we’ll cover later).  
But fear not, we can fix you up.
Use the UEG Week Mobile App to structure your day and the UEG Week Pathways to help tailor your perfect programme. If you are absolutely torn between two parallel sessions, stay calm and watch the session you missed online later. Because your registration for UEG Week conveniently gives you free access to the UEG Library, which features UEG Week 24/7! 
And if you really are not a person to use a smart phone or computer, there is always the programme wall on-site in Hall 8.0 where pathways are signposted day by day to help you find your way. Furthermore, it is a great meeting spot.  

3. Not paying a visit to the Young GI Lounge (Hall 8.0) 

If you are young or already a seasoned clinician and scientist in the GI field, a visit to the Young GI Lounge to recharge and connect is highly recommended (and actually mandatory!). Not only are coffee, tea, cookies and other snacks on offer, you can also charge your phone or computer, meet interesting people and most of all attend cutting-edge events tailored to the needs of young GIs.
From checking your CV, to tips for getting your article published in UEG Journal and getting on-the-spot mentoring from experts in the field, the Young GI Lounge is the place to be.

4. Not jumping into the UEG Talent Pool 

Kickstart or refresh your career by jumping into the (heated) UEG Talent Pool, which is not only open during UEG Week, but all year round! Maybe next year you’ll be faculty? So, don’t forget your swimming gear and goggles…

5. Not attending the Young GI Network event "Let’s meet!" 

One of the worst things to happen is to be left queuing in front of the venue because you haven’t got a ticket to mingle, network and party with basically anyone who matters in the GI world (see pitfall number two). You could call it the MET Gala of Gastroenterology. Be there or be square. 

6. Not checking out the Education Booth (Hall 8.0)

Well, if you don't check out the Education Booth, you will basically be missing out on all the educational resources that will get you through the year until the next UEG Week. Like the image hub, the “Mistakes in…” series, the online courses, the UEG Library and UEG Week 24/7. Or the guideline repositories. This year, there’ll also be a fun memory game showcasing some of the images from the image hub, so why not go and try your luck to see if you can get the fastest time! 

7. Staying offline

Rookie mistake. Of course, it's great to be somewhere in person, but staying offline means you’ll be missing out on things designed to enhance your enjoyment of the meeting:
  • The UEG Week Mobile App (see pitfall number two)
  • Online content to watch or rewatch (again, see pitfall number two)
  • The UEG Week live video chats, during which surgeons and gastroenterologists battle it out and we explore the compatibility of having a job and a family. YOUR ONLINE INPUT AND QUESTIONS ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATED!
  • Missing the news updates about UEG Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

8. Missing out on seriously important events on research funding for scientists 

There are several events at UEG Week that focus on research funding opportunities. Not attending these events will deliver a serious blow to your research ambitions! Be there or get left behind ;-)
Events to look out for:
  • EU funded Cooperation Networks in GI: How to get involved? 
  • Fellowships and grants: How UEG can help your career 
  • EU funding opportunities and strategy in digestive health 

9. Not bringing your team 

Seriously? There is no I in team and gastroenterology is teamwork! And what could be better for team spirit than a trip to Barcelona?!
UEG is proud to offer special fees for allied healthcare professionals and nurses as well as the UEG Week programme for nurses, so the whole team really can get involved! 

Why students should attend UEG Week

3 medical students reveal how they experienced UEG Week. 

Ivelina Georgieva, Giusi Sciume and Nikolay Manov study medicine in Italy and Bulgaria and attended UEG Week for the first time in 2018. In this video, they tell Radislav Nakov and Gianluca Ianiro why attending a big international congress can be helpful for undergraduate students’ careers as well and what they liked most about UEG Week. 

Undergraduate students benefit from our special fees and can attend the whole congress (incl. Postgraduate Teaching, Hands-on Area and Young GI Network programme) for only € 60. Register for UEG Week!

What you always wanted to know from UEG Rising Stars...

Current and previous awardees answer our questions. 

The Rising Stars Award provides a durable platform for young researchers to further improve and progress in their professional career. Current and previous UEG Rising Stars told us more about their experience receiving this award and how they benefited.  

Take the next step in your research career and apply to become a Rising Star!

Watch video interviews with other UEG Rising Stars.

How did the Rising Star Award contribute to your career in the long run? 

The Rising Star Award gave me the visibility at the national stage and helped locally to propel my academic career. The award confirmed my choice to enter gastroenterology as a medical specialisation and GI research as a topic of clinical investigation. It also catapulted me into UEG as an organisation. After the award ceremony, I was asked by Reinhold Stockbrügger to sit with the "Young Investigator Meeting" and that really caught my interest in UEG. As such, being a Rising Star allowed me to compete for leadership roles within UEG that would have been difficult to do without the award. 
Joost PH Drenth, The Netherlands, Rising Star 2004


What meant winning the UEG Rising Star Award to you and how has your career developed since you received the award?

The logical answer would be “a lot”. On the other hand, I have to say “really a lot”, indeed. There are different reasons to say that. First, the competition is very tough and the selection process, too. So, winning the award means that you did a great job and it is great that a European expert community appreciated that. Second, usually you are well known in your research field and, more in general, in your country. However, winning the UEG Rising Star Award gives you the opportunity to be known by the whole European medical community, and this helps to increase your visibility and enlarging your contacts for new amazing collaborations. Third, UEG keeps very much in mind who won the UEG Rising Star Award and makes lots of efforts to involve them and to support their activities. In practice, this means a lot for your research or clinical activity. In conclusion, I have to say that the UEG Rising Star Award is a great opportunity and the decision to apply for that was one the best one I took in my life! Good luck with your application!
Edoardo Vincenzo Savarino, Italy, Rising Star 2016


What is the right moment and career stage to apply for the Rising Star Award and what will increase candidates’ chances to receive it?

I find it difficult to pinpoint the right moment or career stage to apply for UEG’s Rising Star Award. After all, there are so many different paths to a successful career! In any case, I believe a critical aspect is to show that you have a vision. You might still only have one or two key publications in your CV, but if you appropriately describe how these are having a major impact in your field, while further fueling your independence, I would say your chances of being awarded will greatly increase. On this note, getting involved with UEG activities, namely those promoted by UEG Education and the Young Talent Group, may help in both expanding and solidifying your track record and individuality. This type of undertakings shows how passionate you are about your work and career, an essential pre-requisite for thriving as a successful scientist. This will certainly transpire in your application.
Rui Castro, Portugal, Rising Star 2015


Do you have any tips for Rising Star Award applicants? What should they consider and what should they focus on? 

First of all, it is crucial to make yourself familiar with the content of the application form and the required formalities. This includes having an updated list of publications and H-index. Then, you should think carefully about how you want to present yourself and your research. This is the most important part of the application and it might be helpful to consult a mentor/senior colleague to get the broad view of your research accomplishments. Then you need to work on presenting this in a short but precise way. Again, it can be helpful to show the text to colleagues and get their feedback.
Johan Burisch, Denmark, Rising Star 2019


Do you have any tips for researchers from countries that offer fewer scientific opportunities? How can they compete in the run for the Rising Star Award?

There are two key tips that I would like to give researchers aspiring to become a Rising Star:
Firstly, choose your supervisor and mentor very wisely. Make sure that your supervisor/mentor has a track record of developing and supporting young researchers and also has time to dedicate for you.
Secondly, try to spend some time abroad, even if this is for a few months (obviously the longer the better) in a centre of excellence where you can learn a research technique and complete a research project. This is an important step in establishing a longstanding collaboration, becoming an independent researcher and increasing your research productivity. Finally, attend international congresses (such as UEG) to get inspiration and research ideas.
Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Greece, Rising Star 2014


How did you experience receiving the Rising Star Award and presenting your research on the stage?

I was leaving home after a very busy day attending my patients with pancreatitis. I closed my office’s door and checked my email on my smartphone. There it was, a message starting with the sentence: "UEG Rising Star Award 2017: Congratulations". It was absolutely awesome and I embraced a colleague who was nearby. The UEG Rising Star Award is very special to me, because it recognizes the effort of young people trying to advance in the field of research, to develop their own line of investigation, to lead projects and collaborate with other colleagues. The most important part of my talk was my last slide: I thanked my Mentor Miguel Pérez-Mateo, who died in 2008. He told me the most important tips and concepts about a research career, encouraged me to be active in education and research, and always supported me, it was the perfect moment to remember him.
Enrique de-Madaria, Spain, Rising Star 2017


Has the Rising Star Award made an impact on your career so far?

I was very honoured to receive the UEG Rising Star award in 2018 after being nominated by the European Pancreatic Club. For me the award is all about exposure and connections. It is not merely a recognition of past achievements but a real boost for my career. It gave me the opportunity to expose my research at the UEG week where I could reach out to an audience of basic scientists and clinicians working in different areas of gastroenterology. Moreover, UEG delegated me in 2019 to attend the annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Gastroenterology, a truly unique opportunity meeting new colleagues and establish new connections in a country I never had visited before. 
Ilse Rooman, Belgium, Rising Star 2018


What was your motivation to apply for the Rising Star Award and what are your expectations?

I was inspired to apply for the Rising Star Award as I am well aware of the UEG and the fantastic work they do, as well as having admiration for previous Rising Stars. As one of a pair of clinically active parents I have worked tremendously hard to establish my research programme and my independence. Following my lab’s recent successes, with the support of mentors and my national society the time was right to put myself forward for this prestigious award. By nature it is normal to question and I think often underestimate what you have achieved, but you have to be brave, back yourself and apply for awards like this. Winning this award has been a tremendous honour. It genuinely helps forge my confidence, quashing some of those inevitable doubts about what I have devoted my career towards. It is a great opportunity to share my current research and ideas with a wide audience and fantastic stepping stone for my ongoing translational research.  
Thomas Bird, UK, Rising Star 2019
Neurogastroenterology is one of most enigmatic subfields of gastroenterology. I have devoted my past 10 years to the study of innervation, neuroplasticity and neuro-inflammation in the enteric nervous system, particularly in the pancreas and large intestine.  The UEG Rising Star Award will enhance my visibility, open new possibilities for building novel research networks, and thereby increase my chances to make even greater contributions to the field in the near future. Owing to the active integration of the awareness to the organization and course of the congress, I will closely interact with promising researchers from all around the world and get inspiration from their brilliant ideas for my research. I therefore think that the biggest advantage of being a Rising Star is the unique networking opportunity behind it. 
Ihsan Ekin Demir, Germany, Rising Star 2019
Attend the “Rising Stars in gastroenterology and hepatology from Europe and Japan” session in the Young GI Lounge at UEG Week Barcelona 2019, and join the informal get-together with the presenters at the end of the session!

Women in endoscopy

Marianna Arvanitakis talks about the situation and obstacles for women in interventional endoscopy.

Marianna Arvanitakis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Erasme, Brussels and specialises in pancreatic disease, nutrition and endoscopy.

In this video, YTG member Ivana Mikolasevic talks to her about the situation and obstacles for women in endoscopy, in particular interventional endoscopy.

From clinical fellow to clinical lecturer – how to secure a post

Neel Sharma of the University of Birmingham shares his tips.

Post undertaking a research fellowship, the decision to remain as a clinician academic is the first one to take. If motivated and passionate enough it is a no brainer. However entering the next stage of training from fellow to lecturer is no easy feat; limited funding and posts. That in itself is a true test of your commitment.

Dr Neel Sharma, GI Registrar and Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Birmingham shares his tips that may prove useful for those hoping to secure a post.
  1. Reach out to potential supervisors before submitting your application. It is advisable to show interest early on. Sending out an email and arranging an informal meeting helps to demonstrate your background thus far, your research progression during your fellowship and more importantly your understanding of the field. Supervisors are keen to know how well you recognise the current gaps in the evidence and how you may choose to solve them. Of course there is no one solution but the exchange of thinking is a fundamental element in academia. By meeting potential supervisors they can gauge how well you would fit their lab or research interests and if not which other supervisors may be better suited to you.

  2. The application form. The application process is fairly straight forward, highlighting your degrees thus far, prizes, publications and presentations. Where you will be able to set yourself apart is highlighting your long-term plan and what you can bring to the department in terms of your skillset. And here there is no right or wrong. Collaboration is key for any successful researcher. You must demonstrate an awareness of such and potential collaborations thus far is crucial. It is now overtly outdated to think that one centre can achieve academic success without reliance on other institutions. There is now no single expert. Have you taken steps to develop a network early on? Are you culturally aware? Ensuring diversity in your research network with a willingness to embrace expertise both East and West will set you apart from the rest.

  3. The interview. And last but by no means least the interview. Interviews are never plain sailing. You may have to face several. But your approach should be consistent each time. It is highly likely that you will be asked to analyse a research study. This will help to highlight to panel members your ability to condense a paper in to its main findings and of more importance its potential flaws. Gain an understanding of trial methodology and data analysis, most of which you will be familiar with post fellowship but there may be some methods or stats you may not be aware of. You will be asked about your research vision and so be concrete in your beliefs. Even if some panel members disagree stick to what you believe. And what you want to add to the field, even if widely different to the panel. Remember you are not here to solve all the research gaps but to add to the understanding of the discipline over your career. Demonstrate to the interviewers your motivation and even if criticised remember the criticisms are designed simply to ensure what you aim to contribute will be more rigorous and more translatable in the future.
Best of luck!

Achalasia: Physician versus Surgeon

Two European experts give their opposing views on the best treatment option for achalasia

Oesophageal achalasia is a rare motility disorder, in which peristalsis is impaired or absent and the lower oesophageal sphincter fails to relax. Symptoms of achalasia include dysphagia, regurgitation of undigested food, coughing and choking, chest pain and chest infections.

We invited two European experts to give their opposing viewpoints—physician versus surgeon—on the best treatment option for achalasia.

A Physician's Viewpoint—Paul Fockens

Although the title of this blog quickly attracted your attention, it is actually not a choice between physician and surgeon but a choice between peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM). From a patient's point of view, the natural orifice approach will be preferred as it diminishes complications and reduces recovery time. But are both treatments equal in their efficacy and safety profile? There are many studies that suggest the efficacy of both POEM and LHM is excellent, but POEM has not been around very long so less evidence is available. Two large randomized controlled trials presented in abstract form and awaiting full publication both demonstrate the high efficacy of POEM, which seems equal to LHM and superior to a set of two pneumatic dilations. But how about safety? POEM is significantly less invasive, and thereby safer, than LHM; complications are very rare and usually mild. Therefore, with comparable efficacy and improved safety when compared with LHM, POEM seems to have a bright future. Is there any disadvantage to POEM? Yes, there is one issue and that is reflux. POEM can currently not be combined with an endoscopic antireflux procedure, so a significant percentage of patients will have to use proton pump inhibitors after POEM. It is up to the patient, after care has been taken to inform them about all available treatment options, to come to a shared decision with their doctor. Without a doubt in my mind, I believe POEM will frequently be the patient's favourite choice! References
  • Ponds FA, et al. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) versus pneumatic dilatation in therapy-naive patients with achalasia: results of a randomized controlled trial [abstract 637]. Gastroenterology 2017; 152 (suppl 1): S139.
  • Werner YB, et al. Endoscopic versus surgical myotomy in patients with primary idiopathic achalasia [abstract LB08]. United European Gastroenterology Journal 2018; 6: 1590.

A Surgeon's Viewpoint—Giovanni Zaninotto

Surgical treatment of oesophageal achalasia divides the muscle fibresof the distal oesophagus and cardia, leaving the underlying mucosa intact. Consequently, resistance of the lower oesophageal sphincter to the flow of the bolus is diminished. Heller myotomy, named for the German surgeon who performed it first (in 1913), has been completed laparoscopically (LHM) since 1990, with a partial wrap of the fundus added to prevent iatrogenic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). LHM has gained vast popularity because of its efficacy in reducing dysphagia (89% and 85% of patients are asymptomatic at 5 and 10 years, respectively) while maintaining a very good safety profile (mortality <0.1%, morbidity <7%). Postoperative reflux is observed in 10–20% of patients when a partial fundoplication is added to LHM. Three randomized controltrials and three meta-analyses have compared the efficacy of LHM with that of pneumatic dilation, revealing that pneumatic dilation can achieve the same efficacy as LHM only after multiple, sequential dilations. Moreover, LHM is more effective than pneumatic dilation for treatment of type III spastic achalasia. There are no randomized control trials published in full that compare LHM with POEM, though two meta-analyses show that POEM achieves slightly (but significantly) better symptomatic control than LHM, especially for type III achalasia. However, the duration of the patient follow-up was shorter for POEM, and POEM presented a higher risk of postoperative reflux (20–40%). I believe five small abdominal scars are preferable to an increased risk of GORD, and that LHM remains the 'single-shot' better option for achalasia patients. References
  • Boeckxstaens G, Zaninotto G and Richter JE. Achalasia. Lancet 2013; 383: 83–93.
  • Zaninotto G, et al. The 2018 ISDE achalasia guidelines. Dis Esoph 2018; 9: 1–31.

Dealing with nutrition, diet, microbiota and IBS

Nutrition expert Heidi Staudacher speaks about advances in IBS research.

Heidi Staudacher is a research dietician at the University of Queensland in Australia.

With Rune Stensvold from the UEG E-learning Team, she speaks about advances in IBS research and how it can be used to help IBS patients.  Have also a look at Heidi Staudacher's presentation "The low FODMAP diet: Selecting the right candidate" at UEG Week Vienna 2018

UEG Image Hub

A new source of GI images online, freely available to download.

As an editor I’m clearly a big fan of words, but I’m also a big fan of images and the way they can add value and visual interest. As part of our work, the UEG E-learning Team is always thinking about how best to illustrate our content, be it on online courses (and their summary infographics), “Mistakes in…” articles or our latest news blogs. Although we necessarily do use third-party figures or photos, as often as possible we work with our art editor and authors to develop original images, such as the few shared here in this blog. 

With the number of redrawn figures steadily rising, we decided to collect them together and make them available as a new resource - the UEG Image Hub - which can be freely accessed via the UEG Library. The images themselves can also be freely downloaded and used without needing to obtain permission. Should you wish to reuse any of the images, all we ask is that you give the appropriate credit (including the artist’s name) and cite the image source - information on how to do this is provided with the image files. If you modify any of the images, we ask that you give credit, cite the image source and state clearly that the image has been modified.
To browse all images in the UEG Image Hub, simply visit the UEG Library and select “Image Hub” as the “Format” filter in the right-hand navigation bar. Further filtering of the images can be done by “Category”. 
We do hope you find this new resource to be of value and will make use of the images provided. New images will be added as they become available, so be sure to keep visiting the UEG Image Hub in the future!

Apply for a UEG Activity Grant to produce an online course

Developing an online course is not as complicated as you may think.

Ever wondered how a UEG star online course is born? Well, with the availability of a UEG Online Course Activity Grant, it could involve a rising ‘Lady Gaga’ (minus the drama) pairing with an expert ‘Bradley Cooper’ (minus the alcohol) to deliver a non-shallow, Oscar-winning performance.
I've been working with the UEG E-Learning team since early 2014 and feel tremendously proud of how much we have grown in terms of producing online courses. Basically, we just love doing them! But more importantly, the number of users enrolling in our (free!) online courses has risen immensely, and the feedback we've been getting is tremendously positive. Now, to expand the number and breadth of online courses available, UEG is offering an Activity Grant to fund the development and publication of high-quality online courses by individuals or societies. Here's why you, as a young gastroenterologist, should apply:
First, UEG's online courses are primarily taken by young GI specialists, so it makes sense that you get involved in their development. We also know that young GIs are great at coming up with the innovative, fresh and out-of-the-box ideas, which are needed to keep our online courses relevant and appealing.
Second, developing an online course is not as complicated as you may think. There are guidelines and criteria that need to be considered, but we have put a lot of effort in trying to make everything clear and simple. So, why not enjoy a 5-minute coffee break and go through the documents? You'll see that all the material is easy to follow and pretty straightforward, and that we have resources available to help you along the way (e.g. access to our art editor and recording studio). Plus, you can always contact the E-Learning team with any questions or for advice—we are here to help throughout the whole process.
So, where to start? Pick a ‘song’ that’s missing from our ‘playlist’ and find your ‘Bradley Cooper’. Indeed, I am sure a lot of you already have a specific topic in mind, something covered by the ESBGH Blue Book that is perhaps underrepresented in UEG’s Education Library, particularly in the form of an online course. Now all you have to do is think of a recognised expert on that topic with whom you would like to work, contact her or him and start the journey! I invite you to check our latest course on Autoimmune Pancreatitis to get a general idea of one possible format. We would love to hear what other ideas you have in mind! 
Please note that the Activity Grant application deadline of April 5th refers only to submission of the application form  (general concept for the course), a summary of planned costs, and CVs of the lead author and co-author(s). So, as you can see, there is really no excuse for not applying! In any case, for further information you should refer to the "Application for support of Online Courses” section on the Activity Grants page. We look forward to receiving your application!

Tough but doable

8 Tips for passing the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Anthea Pisani is a gastroenterology trainee in Mater Dei Hospital in Malta. She passed the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in April 2018 and gave a talk about “Tough but doable: A personal view on the exam” in the Young GI Lounge at the subsequent UEG Week in Vienna. Her presentation was very much appreciated, so we asked Anthea to share her top tips for passing the exam in the GI Hive.


So, you have decided to sit for the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  Perhaps this was a voluntary decision on your behalf in order to broaden your horizons, or it may be a mandatory aspect of your training. It may be your first attempt or maybe a re-attempt and you might be at the beginning of your training or at the end of it. Either way, good luck with your preparations. Here are some points to help guide you towards becoming a European board certified Gastroenterologist. 

From bench to the UEG floor

A personal experience from an young gastroenterologist from Egypt and how UEG helped him to achieve his goals.

Mohammed Khorshid, a young gastroenterologist, tells us his personal success story of being invited to give an oral presentation at UEG Week. 

He realised that young GIs all face similar challenges, and explains how attending UEG Week every year and participating in the Young GI Network can help to overcome these. Back home, Mohammed supports his co-workers by sharing the new knowledge and serving as a role model. He encourages his colleagues from all over the world, but especially those from less prosperous countries, to submit their abstracts to UEG Week. All abstracts are peer reviewed and authors will get the chance to present their work, as well as receive abstract related awards and travel grants. 

Follow Mohammed’s example and submit your abstract to UEG Week by April 26, 2019. 
Register for UEG Week and participate in the Young GI Network activities!
Interviewer: Radislav Nakov

UEG Classroom Courses

These educational events are perfect opportunities to increase your GI knowledge.

Radislav Nakov, member of the YTG and the Education Committee explains what’s happening at UEG’s classroom courses and who should attend them.

These educational events are perfect opportunities to increase your GI knowledge but also to expand your professional network.  Find out more about the courses and how to apply. 

Work-life balance: 10 tips from the UEG Week 2018 experience 

A list of Dos and Dont's that came out of the Career Chat. 

Carolina Ciacci is a full Professor of Gastroenterology at University of Salerno (Italy), a member of the UEG Equality & Diversity Taskforce and a mother of two adult children. At UEG Week 2018, she participated in the session “Career Chat: Women as educators” and in the Facebook live chat “How to improve work-life balance for doctors?”. Based on these discussions and her own personal experience she shares her ten tips for work life balance in this edition of the GI Hive. 

The World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report of November 2017 indicated that it would take 100 years to close the gender gap at a world level1. While some academics are working towards closing the education gap, the intent to parity is yet to be translated into action on the representation and voice in other professional areas.
In the medical science field, the increasing number of women has not paralleled so far by a proportionate number of women in the leading positions, nor by a modification of the man-tailored traditional working environment in one more suitable to the modern model of family. It is believed that woman leadership can accelerate the process of women empowerment, via closing the education gap, translating the good intents into action, but mainly by identifying and removing barriers for women to succeed. 
United European Gastroenterology (UEG)’s  global vision is of promoting and providing equal opportunities and to be a place free of discrimination. The vision is supported by the UEG Equality & Diversity Task Force (E&D TF). During UEG Week 2018, the Equality & Diversity Task Force and the Young Talent Group of UEG organized the Career Chat and a Facebook live interview with the aim of supporting young gastroenterologists (GIs) to reach their goals and a satisfying work-life balance. 
Both initiatives were successful, and the discussion aimed to make both senior and young GIs conscious and creative in removing inherent barriers to succeed. It was recognized that the working set in most GI and endoscopy units is still man-modelled. However, young doctors felt the need to set up systems that help them to go through the natural life stage changes while having a satisfying career. The participants (both genders, but in the vast majority woman) expressed their need to find the right track in advancing women and making the workplace more gender-inclusive. 
In the Career Chat, was highlighted that the vast majority of the “leadership” or “career” challenges women GIs are facing are neither career nor profession related. They are emotional, often linked to the sense of guilt of not being a good parent because of the time and efforts spent at work. As a result women, especially mothers, have a sense of failure in achieving good results both at home and at work. The discussion between the senior and young participants of the Career Chat showed that to become successful and fully express their strengths and creativity, professionals independent of gender should strive to have some habits but might also need to give up some of them.

Here is a list of Do's and Dont's that came out of the Career Chat: 

  1. Make a careful analysis of your potential and find out how to empower yourself, both at work and within the family.   
  2. Set up your priorities, short and long-term goals.  Get the skills you need to succeed. Look around, find a spot for you in your working setting, fill up the empty space with expertise and knowledge.  Live up to your potential! 
  3. Choose your family partner carefully. This will help to share your family duties with him/her. Make a written list of each of your tasks. Try to set a routine for chores but know that you both need to be flexible. 
  4. Ask for help! Outsourcing is not a shame. It is hard to be on the same day on call, a mother, and a good housekeeper. Hire all the help you can afford, even if you have to pay a fee. 
  5. Make a careful plan of your expenses, since outsourcing is expensive. In some periods of your life, it is more important to spend less on entertaining and more on babysitting or housekeeping.
  6. Be efficient! Consider reducing commuting by living close to the workplace, or the kindergarten/ school. Find a gym next to your working place and go whenever you can. Check on your smartphone the time you spend on social media. You will be surprised how much time you waste scrolling the screen of your phone (yet it is sane to do that for some time!)
  7. Keep healthy! Eat well, train your body, and get a good night´s sleep. Don’t forget to look after your mind. Have a little quiet time alone. Enjoy small moments of harmony. It is vital to be fit for the daily challenges of your life.   
  8. Learn to say “no”! Saying “no” is difficult; however, you need to protect yourself from unnecessary and unfair demands that will add nothing to your personal growth and career. Be firm and protect your space.
  9. Failure is not an option (Gene Kranz, Apollo 13). Accept the possibility that sometimes in your life your career might slow down temporarily because of family engagements. Use your time at home cleverly; you might find a way to write a review or improve your knowledge in a particular field.  
  10. Do not mix up family and work. When you are at work, focus on what you are doing. Do not make unnecessary phone calls or waste time discussing your family life with your colleagues. Remember also that your colleagues may have supported you when you were on parental leave, so be helpful and available for them, too. On the other hand, if you are at home with your family limit checking your emails, or answering phone calls as much as possible. Multitasking will not work if you are striving for excellence in both fields.    
It seems that there is not a perfect recipe to achieve work-life balance. It will never be 50:50 because the amount of time and efforts to dedicate at work or at the family/social life will vary according to the personal priorities and also the times of life. In conclusion, senior and young GIs agreed with the idea that life as a physician is tough but rewarding. The recommendation is to refuse to give up being a woman and a mother. Life experience will give a woman leverage in being a physician, maybe a better one. Reference:
  1. World Economic Forum. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

UEG Research Fellowship 

UEG YTG Member Gianluca Ianiro talks about this revolutional UEG grant for researchers.

We spoke with Gianluca Ianiro, a gastroenterologist at Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli in Rome, and a member of the UEG Young Talent Group (YTG) and UEG Research Committee

Together with the Research Committee and the YTG, Gianluca developed a new UEG grant, the UEG Research Fellowship. In 2019, UEG will award a grant of € 50,000 to a researcher so that they can spend 12 months working with a renowned European principal investigator (PI). 
The Research Fellowship is suitable for clinical or basic researchers from Europe or the Mediterranean area. Those who are in training, have completed their training or PhD within the past 3 years or already have significant research experience are eligible to apply. The Research Fellowship is highly recommended for young researchers who want the opportunity to develop their ideas in a new working environment.
Download the detailed information and criteria, and apply by no later than January 18, 2019.

National young GI sections and the ECYG

Ivana Mikolasevic talks about the European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists

The GI Hive is a brand-new blog from the UEG Young Talent Group (YTG) that covers the most up-to-date information about life, career development, education and opportunities for young gastroenterologist in Europe. Interviews, infographics, WhatsApp conversations and videos with both junior and renowned gastroenterologists will all be published in the GI Hive on a regular basis.

Our latest guest in the GI Hive is Ivana Mikolasevic, a member of the UEG YTG and an associate professor in Rijeka, Croatia. In December 2018, Ivana and a group of young gastroenterologists from the Croatian Young GI section (Tomislav Bokun, Maja Mijić, Sanja Stojsavljević, Nadija Skenderević, Ana Ostojić, Viktor Domislović, Ivan Jakopčić, Petra Puž) are holding the first European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists in Zagreb, Croatia. Ivana is president of the organizing committee and shared a few words with us about the conference and the Croatian Young GI Section.

There are still countries in Europe without a young GI section and the YTG has published a paper on how to start one. Could you tell us how everything started in your country and about the organisation of the Croatian Young GI section and its activities?

We revived the inactive youth section of our national society of gastroenterology in 2013. We first started having meetings during national society meetings/congresses, following the organisation of dedicated sessions for young gastroenterologists when they presented their best scientific work. Then we took over the administration of our society's webpage and gradually the idea of having our own meeting grew. At the beginning of 2017 we organised the first three-day symposium dedicated to members of the youth section: it was a great success and was repeated early this year. To be honest, as we are a rather small community, we were sceptical about having our own meeting, but it eventually appeared to become almost like a necessity and the occasion all young members eagerly awaited—to meet each other and be able to discuss common interests and problems. Our senior colleagues have been extremely supportive of all our activities, so we would suggest that young gastroenterologists start activities for themselves in their own countries without fear, and that they ask for support of any kind from senior colleagues.

How did you decide to organise the first European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists (ECYG)?

So, I talked in front of our small ECYG team—Tomislav Bokun, Maja Mijić, Sanja Stojsavljević, Nadija Skenderević, Ana Ostojić, Viktor Domislović, Ivan Jakopčić, Petra Puž and me. The idea for the conference organisation was born within the Youth Section of the Croatian Society of Gastroenterology, with a desire to stimulate and strengthen international cooperation.  We already have annual meetings of the youth section when we discuss how to improve our education; we hold lectures about specific topics in digestive health and so on. We wanted to do the same thing with this conference but on a European level, because we have all had such good experiences making contact with colleagues from other countries who we met on courses and congresses we have attended during our education. Therefore, we wanted to create something that would be focused on young gastroenterologists and their networking, under the supervision of senior experts established in specific fields of gastroenterology. The idea of gathering together as many young GIs as possible so that we can make new contacts and share experiences made us enthusiastic, although, at first, none of us were probably aware of exactly what we were getting ourselves into. Then, once we put down all the assignments on paper, we rolled up our sleeves and started working.

What can young GIs learn by attending the ECYC?

This is the first conference targeting young gastroenterologist from all over Europe with the purpose of exchanging experience, knowledge and ideas with eminent professors and researchers. The main idea of the conference is for us, young gastroenterologists, to have a chance to present our most challenging clinical cases and discuss them with our peers and acknowledged experts in the field. Furthermore, ECYG gives us the opportunity to present our clinical and scientific work in a poster presentation form. Not only that, during hands-on sessions young delegates will be able to improve their manual skills in abdominal ultrasound, Colour Doppler, elastography and endoscopy. Moreover, this conference will enable us to initiate constructive and productive dialogues and to create a network for future collaboration with colleagues all over Europe. Finally, to enable us to achieve this goal, interaction will be encouraged and stimulated throughout the conference.

What are the most important messages from the conference?

Learn. Connect. Grow. It doesn’t matter if you come from a big or small country, region or hospital—if you try to give the best of yourself, as we, people from a small country, are trying to do by organising this conference, you can succeed in anything. Finally, our wish is that this project stimulates the awareness of young people about the need for teamwork, co-operation and education, both within their own centre and among other centres. Our small team wants to stress the importance of teamwork and collaboration needed in everyday practice to succeed.  Another important point is the apparent need for organising events and programs dedicated to young GIs. This conference is another 'proof of concept' for gathering young GIs in youth GI sections and organising events for them. We believe that every nation should have their own young GI section and all their own meetings, and we also call for close collaboration in organising hopefully future ECYGs. We invite you to view the YTG section of the UEG webpage for more information on activities for young GIs within UEG and to get into contact with the YTG and also Friends of YTG countries around Europe. We also invite you to share your experience about organizing events for young GIs as this could help us to improve the quality of ECYG. Fresh ideas are also warmly welcomed! To improve our knowledge, we have to work together and exchange our ideas, so we can approach complex medical problems from every angle. The future of the field lies with young gastroenterologists, but the knowledge lies with those who are less young. We want to transfer knowledge into the future.

What are your insights for the future of the conference?

Well, we want to do it all over again! Call us crazy, but so far this has been such a great experience and we are sure it will continue this way until and during the conference.  We hope that we will get good feedback and reviews, so we can show that a small country like Croatia can do something big as this when people work together.

Interviewer: Radislav Nakov

GI Hive, a brand new blog by the UEG Young Talent Group

Yasmijn van Herwaarden reveals more about the activities of young GIs within UEG. 

GI Hive is a brand new blog edited by UEG Young Talent Group that combines the most up-to-date information about life, career development, education and opportunities for young GI specialists in Europe. Interviews, infographics, WhatsApp conversations and videos with both junior and renowned specialists will be regularly published in GI Hive.

The first bee in the GI Hive is Yasmijn van Herwaarden – UEG Young Talent Group (YTG) chair. Yasmijn is a resident at the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem, the Netherlands and tries to finish her PhD thesis at the Radboud university hospital in Nijmegen. She is a 30-year old Sagittarius and loves painting, pilates and plants. 


Yasmijn, could you explain what is exactly Young Talent Group? What are the activities of the young GIs within UEG?

The Young Talent Group (YTG) was formed under the umbrella of the National Societies Committee to make the UEG and especially UEG Week more accessible and attractive for young specialists, residents, PhD students and post-docs working in digestive diseases. 
Within the YTG we are a group of nine from all over Europe who meet twice a year to plan our activities. We have a young representative in all other UEG committees to give the young perspective on all UEG activities. Next to the YTG we try to have a “friend of the YTG” in each national society connected to UEG. These Friends are our ambassadors and inform us on issues and activities from their country and they spread the word about our activities in each country. 
An important part of our activities take place during the UEG Week. We try to help guide first time visitors to the congress with for example the Young GI track in the congress app and the popular mentoring program. 
We try to facilitate informal networking in the young GI lounge were everyone under 40 is welcome for coffee and power outlets during the whole week and by organizing the Let’s Meet event on Sunday night each year. We also organize special sessions for young GI’s, for example this years “How to prepare a presentation” and the “Check your CV” informal meeting in the lounge. 

Among the most popular opportunities provided by YTG are the clinical and research fellowship programmes. Could you share with us a little bit more about them?

These fellowships were started to give young clinicians and researchers an opportunity to visit another European centre. We award € 1250 to spend at least two weeks in one of the participating centers. 
When rating the applications for this fellowship we are looking for young people with a specific plan of what they want to learn from the centre they will be visiting. So if you want to apply please make a good plan of what you want to learn and carefully pick the center you want to visit to match your plan. 
This year we completely changed the research fellowship compared to the previous years. We will be awarding more money, € 50.000, to spend 12 months with a European principal investigator to work on a research project. We want to support new and longer lasting research collaborations with this fellowship. 
You have to propose a plan of what you want to do and choose the principal investigator you want to visit. Of course you can draw inspiration from the list of centers participating in the clinical fellowships.

The YTG published a paper on the needs of young GI sections in UEG Journal. Can you explain what are the needs of young sections belonging to UEG National Societies?

We circulated a questionnaire among our Friends of the Young Talent Group to make an overview of the situation of young GI’s in each country. We learned that in many countries the young GI’s/residents are not organized and represented at a national level. We believe that it is important for young professionals to be represented and actually have a say in decisions that are made about their daily work and their future workplace. 
We are trying to help the young GI’s in different countries to get organized and have a young representative in the National Society. We already have some success stories, for example the newly formed young GI sections in Bulgaria and Spain. 

Why it is important for a young GI to send an abstract to UEG Week? 

For me submitting an abstract as a young researcher was always important because it was the opportunity to visit a conference and travel. I was fortunate that if the abstract was accepted for poster or oral presentation my department would pay for the travel costs and the conference fee. 
I always get new inspiration and also motivation to continue my research after a conference. Even during a poster presentation I have gotten tips from the audience that would make it into the final manuscript. But it is also just a lot of fun to visit another country with colleagues and make new friends. 

How can a young GI get involved with Young Talent Group and what is Young GI Network?

An easy way to stay in touch and hear about all our offers is to like the Young GI Network Facebook page. You can also subscribe to our mailing list and visit the UEG website to hear about the open calls we post. All the calls for the fellowships, other awards and grants and open calls for new positions in the YTG will be posted there. 
Very soon we will start offering a new way to get involved in the UEG: it will become possible to actively apply for our new UEG Talent Pool. From this pool we will actively promote young talents to all the UEG committees. 
The last two years we did a pilot for the talent pool with the Scientific Committee where young researchers could volunteer to chair a UEG Week session together with a senior chair. The reactions from both the junior chairs and the Scientific Committee were very positive seeing this as an excellent opportunity. We will post more information shortly and open the application on the UEG website.

Interviewer: Radislav Nakov

Personalised nutrition - food for thought

Developing tailored eating advice based on individual nutritional needs

‘Personalised nutrition’ represents any attempt to provide tailor-made healthy eating advice based on the nutritional needs of an individual, as dictated by their behaviour, phenotype and/or genotype and their interactions. Increasing evidence has shown the potential for integrating lifestyle habits, physiology, nutraceuticals, the gut microbiome and genetics into nutritional solutions, specific to the needs of each individual, for maintaining health and preventing disease. 

One area that has been gaining attention among both health professionals and the general public is nutrigenomics - the role of nutrients in gene expression. On a molecular level, nutrients work as messengers, transmitting signals that can be translated into changes in gene, protein, and metabolite expression and function, which may ultimately affect health outcomes. By employing molecular tools, nutrigenomics research identifies how nutrients and bioactive food compounds may alter gene expression, ultimately helping us to understand why people respond differently to the same diet and how genes and diet interact and predispose us to disease. 
Advances in nutrigenetics - how genes impact nutrient metabolism - and nutrigenomics do seem to encourage more personalised advice when it comes to food intake and nutritional supplements.1 
We are used to receiving generalized dietary guidelines and specific recommendations on food intake and nutrient supplements, based on age, gender and other requirements (e.g. during pregnancy or times of illness). For instance, many people will - at least intuitively - be familiar with some of the following daily nutritional recommendations for adults2:
  • 200 µg folic acid
  • 40 mg vitamin C
  • No more than 6 g salt
  • At least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables
  • No more than 11% of energy from saturated fat
Deficiencies in calcium, potassium, dietary fibre and vitamin D are also generally considered a public health concern.3 Some supplementation can be recommended. For example, folic acid taken during pregnancy to reduce the risk of malformations developing in the brain and spinal cord of the unborn child.  
By using information obtained from whole genome analysis, an individual’s genome can be scanned for polymorphisms (usually referred to as single nucleotide polymorphisms [SNPs]) in genes related to nutrient metabolism and disease development. For example, the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene is associated with folate metabolism. If the common 677C-->T mutation (also known as the A222V mutation) is present in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene, it can result in an enzyme that has reduced activity. Should a person’s diet be low in folate, the presence of the 677C-->T mutation may lead to an increased risk of elevated homocysteine levels and a further moderate risk of cardiovascular disease.4,5 On a similar note, genetic variation may, at least in part, explain interindividual differences in plasma triacylglycerol concentrations on administration of polyunsatuared fatty acids, such as those found in fish oil,6 and it may also help explain why vitamin D might confer an increased risk of cancer development in some, while decreasing the risk in others.7 
So, is the future of gut (and general) health in personalised nutrition? How can we test it? Evidence-based medicine (EBM) relies on findings from randomized controlled trials to identify whether or not a given treatment or behaviour leads to a certain outcome. We have become used to EBM being critical to medical decision-making. A one-size-fits-all approach may appear inherently incompatible with the concept of personalised nutrition, and challenges arise when agreeing on the extent, quality and interpretation of evidence and consequent implications for dietary recommendations, particularly within the nutrigenomics arena. 
When will nutritional research be ready to be translated into public health action? Will personalized nutrition produce greater behaviour change and gains in health and wellbeing than can be achieved by conventional dietary advice?6 Although lowering the levels of dietary salt and saturated fats has had a positive effect on hypertension and lipid profiles, as demonstrated in clinical trials in healthy populations, limited trial data exist that prove a cause–effect relationship and a consequent reduction in disease by these dietary interventions.6 We also need to keep in mind that genes work together and not in isolation. This means that the presence of one SNP needs to be interpreted in the context of a person’s overall biochemistry, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors, such as activity, sleep and stress.
With advances in genetic testing, public awareness of personal genome testing and its potential is increasing. Companies are now offering affordable genetic testing options directly to the public. While there may be benefits to having your genetic information available, including the potential for personalised nutrition, there are also many risks and limitations that need to be highlighted and considered. These include, but are not limited to, whether there are sufficient regulations imposed on companies who perform genetic testing, interpretation and delivery of genetic information (via guidance of a health professional), ethical and social concerns, and privacy in terms of how DNA information is stored and used. 
Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics, albeit an exciting area, is still relatively young and has not advanced enough to allow us to develop a diet based on a person’s entire genome–much more work is required before this can happen. Nonetheless, these tools have developed enough to highlight some nutrient–gene (and environment) interactions. So, for now, our advice is to watch this space as the field of personalised nutrition research continues to develop - who knows where we will find ourselves in the years to come!
Before you go, we would also like to guide your attention to the nutrition guidelines that are available in the UEG Standards & Guidelines Repository, including many from ESPEN and ESPGHAN! 
References 
  1. Fenech M, El-Sohemy A, Cahill L, et al. Nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics: Viewpoints on the current status and applications in nutrition research and practice. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenom 2011; 4: 69–89.
  2. Food Standards Agency. Nutrient and food based guidelines for UK institutions. https://www.ptdirect.com/training-design/nutrition/national-nutrition-guidelines-united-kingdom. (2007, revised October 2007, accessed 11 May 2018).
  3. Blumeberg JF, Bailey RL, Sesso HD, et al. The evolving role of multivitamin/multimineral supplement use among adults in the age of personalized nutrition. Nutrients 2018; 10: 248. 
  4. Kohlmeier M, De Caterina R, Ferguson LR, et al. Guide and position of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics on personalized nutrition: Part 2 – Ethics, challenges and endeavors of Precision Nutrition. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenom 2016; 9: 28–46.
  5. Liew SC and Gupta ED. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism: Epidemiology, metabolism and the associated diseases. Eur J Med Genet 2015; 58: 1–10.
  6. Görman U, Mathers JC, Grimaldi KA, et al. Do we know enough? A scientific and ethical analysis of the basis for genetic-based personalized nutrition. Genes Nutr 2013; 8: 373–381.
  7. Davis CD and Milner JA. Nutrigenomics, vitamin D and cancer prevention. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenom 2011; 4: 1–11.

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is the perfect time to discuss UEG’s actions on alcoholic liver disease.

Last October, on the occasion of UEG Week 2017, we had a chance to sit and talk with Professor Helena Cortez-Pinto, a member of UEG’s Public Affairs Committee and author of the UEG Education article “Mistakes in alcoholic liver disease and how to avoid them.” Now, in the middle of Alcohol Awareness Month, we highlight the main points of our discussion and make the video of the interview available.

During our interview, Helena conveyed the importance of several aspects related to state-of-the-art treatment for patients with alcoholic liver disease (ALD), such as the necessary involvement of multidisciplinary teams to deal with both the physical and psychological sides of the disease. She also touched on the specificities of performing a liver biopsy in ALD patients, as well as some of the alcohol-related issues the UEG Public Affairs Committee is trying to get onto the EU health agenda.

The current, evident disparity between ALD research and its burden, when compared with other liver diseases, was a key point mentioned by Helena during the interview. Supporting this point is evidence from Ramon Bataller and co-authors, who developed an Attention-to-Burden Index (ABI), comparing research activities during 2010–2014 with an estimate of disease burden for the four major liver diseases, namely hepatitis B and C, ALD and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.1 Surprisingly (or not), they found that the mean research attention for ALD was only 5%, when its overall burden was 50%, highlighting the critical need to increase awareness of ALD in the liver research community. This need was also pointed out by Helena during her interview and is something she is working to convey to Members of the European Parliament, Representatives of the European Commission and Council, as well as other EU stakeholders, as part of her work on UEG’s Public Affairs Committee, which is chaired by Markus Peck-Radosavljevic.

In a related matter, earlier this year the “Alcohol and Digestive Cancers: Time for Change” report was published by UEG EU Affairs, highlighting the alarming scale of alcohol consumption across Europe and its direct and indirect impact on digestive cancers.

More information on the work of the UEG Public Affairs Committee can be found online, along with a copy of the “Mistakes in alcoholic liver disease and how to avoid them” article from Helena and co-author Pedro Marques da Costa and other articles in the “Mistakes in…” series.

We hope you enjoy the interview! Please be sure to let us know what you think, if there are any other issues we should be considering and if there’s anyone else you would like to see us interview in future. References
  1. Ndugga N, et al. Disparities between research attention and burden in liver diseases: implications on uneven advances in pharmacological therapies in Europe and the USA. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e013620.
Further reading
  • Singal AK, et al. ACG Clinical Guideline: Alcoholic Liver Disease. Am J Gastroenterol 2018; 113: 175–194. 
  • Marcellin P and Kutala BK. Liver diseases: A major, neglected global public health problem requiring urgent actions and large-scale screening. Liver Int 2018; 38 (Suppl 1): 2–6.
  • Spence AD, et al. Communication of alcohol and smoking lifestyle advice to the gastroenterological patient. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol 2017; 31: 597–604.
  • Campbell EJ, Lawrence AJ and Perry CJ. New steps for treating alcohol use disorder. Psychopharmacology Epub ahead of print 25 March 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-018-4887-7.

Thank you from UEG E-learning!

We wouldn’t be able to provide high-quality, valued content if not for our contributors.

This month has seen UEG E-learning reach a wonderful landmark, with 3,000 learners actively taking a UEG online course. Added to this are the thousands of pageviews attracted by our Mistakes in… series—more than 38,000 so far this year alone! Given UEG’s aim to enhance the education of young professionals in the field, we’re delighted that our content is being so well used.

Of course, we wouldn’t be in the position to provide such high-quality, valued content were it not for our contributors. Now, therefore, seems an appropriate time to say a big thank you to all our authors for their time, expertise and enthusiasm. Here, you’ll find a few UEG E-learning facts, figures and thoughts that demonstrate just how far the project has come in the past few years (since January 2014). At the end of this blog, you’ll find a list of the UEG E-learning content that’s currently available and the names of all our fantastic contributors. If you haven’t had a chance to look at our content then I recommend looking at the list and visiting the UEG Education website. Thank you, once more, to all our contributors—we truly appreciate your generosity and investment in UEG E-learning and look forward to working with you again in the future! Download the infographic
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