Digestive Disease Week® 2005 spotlights breakthrough research in digestive health

05/10/05

Largest GI meeting features latest advances in gi cancers, bowel diseases and nutrition

CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2005) — World-renowned scientists, physicians and academicians will gather to discuss the latest scientific developments in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery during Digestive Disease Week® 2005 (DDW), May 14-19 in Chicago. This year's presentations will feature breakthrough treatments and procedures for GI disorders, review current practices, examine novel technical approaches and highlight a variety of clinical studies. Research presented at DDW 2005 promises to address hot topics in GI health, including:

  • Better diagnostics, stronger therapies and more effective procedures for colorectal cancer
  • Positive and negative impact of lifestyle choices on digestive health
  • The effect of diet, weight and obesity surgery on the GI tract
  • Novel targeted therapies for Crohn's and other inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Technological advancements and improved efficacy in diagnosing GI disorders

DDW is jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

DDW has scheduled a total of five press conferences throughout the medical meeting to highlight timely issues and key areas facing the GI community:

    Sunday, May 15
    • Technological Advances in Diagnosing and Treating GI Disorders (1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT)

    Monday, May 16

    • Novel Therapies Offer Hope to Patients with Inflammatory Bowel and other Digestive Diseases (1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT)
    • The Effects of Diet, Weight and Obesity Surgery on GI Health (3:00 - 4:00 pm CDT)

    Tuesday, May 17

    • Winning the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer: Advances in Diagnostics, Therapies and Procedures (1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT)
    • The Impact of Smoking, Alcohol and Other Lifestyle Choices on GI Health (3:00 - 4:00 pm CDT)

DDW is hosting teleconferences, which are open only to members of the media, to coincide with the scheduled press briefings for reporters covering the meeting offsite. To join, please call (800) 282-9233, code 8547.

Other meeting highlights include symposia and fora covering a host of current topics in the GI arena, including new developments and reviews of various hepatitis treatments, capsule endoscopy, digestive cancers, GERD therapies, liver disease and genetics and Barrett's esophagus controversies, among others.

Press releases from the meeting will be available at www.eurekalert.org. Or, please contact Kellie Hanzak (khanzak@spectrumscience.com) to receive releases via e-mail or fax. Interviews can be arranged with presenting researchers. The newsroom is open May 14 from noon to 5:00 p.m. and May 15-18 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT. For more information during the meeting, please call the DDW Newsroom at (312) 949-3234.

Source: Eurekalert & others

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