Digestive Diseases Week Itinerary

This coming Saturday (May 16th) is the start of Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) which is being held at the Washington DC Convention Center. DDW is one of the largest, if not the largest, international medical and scientific meeting for anything gastroenterology related. This year I had the good fortune of being able to tag along with a former employer and attending is both a good excuse to come home and also to learn a lot of the emerging trends in IBD. Attending these meetings can be a bit overwhelming because there is so much information provided simultaneously so you have to have a prioritized itinerary but this year I hope to take you all along for the ride. Here is what I was thinking for my itinerary and eventually I will do posts of some of the highlights from the presentations like new treatments in the pipeline etc. II am pretty sure I will run into several friends I have worked with, my GI doc and many of the fellows who help take care of me so that should be fun to see them all outside of the work place or the hospital.

These are the talks I will be attending, in some time slots there are are a few options because I am unsure which I will go to: Help me decide which do people think is more interesting?

Saturday May 16:

  • Talks
    • 8-9:30 am = Epidemiology of IBD
    • 10-11:30 am = Natural History of IBD
    • 2-3:30 pm = IBD: Innate and Adaptive Immune Function OR Quality of Life and Psycho-social issues in IBD
    • 4-5:30 pm = The Post-OP IBD patient: preventing pouchitis and recurrence (need to figure out how to get in here b/c I don’t have post-graduate course tickets 🙂 I’m working on it)
  • Poster Sessions:
    • I will be dipping in and out of the poster sessions looking at the following IBD related posters: Adverse events related to therapy, clinical outcomes, comparative effectiveness studies, controlled trials in humans effectiveness studies, innate and adaptive lymphoid activation and regulation, pediatric IBD: translational and clinicals

Sunday May 17:

  • Talks
    • 8-9:30 am = The next wave of biologic agents for the treatment of IBD: Evidence from the Cochrane Reviews (very interested in the Ustekinumab talk as this is on my short list of next therapies) OR Big Problems in the Small Bowel: A Case-based Approach OR The Microbiome in IBD: Structure and Function
    • 10-11:30 am = Pediatric IBD: Clinical and Translational Studies OR Gastroparesis: Clinical Progress (shout out to T Bundy and the GP folks on Twitter) OR Optimizing imaging strategies in IBD
    • 2-3:30 pm= Multidisciplinary treatment of leaks, fistulas and perforations: what is possible?
  • Poster Sessions of Interest:
    • Basic hepatobiliary I, clinical hepatitis, GASTROPARESIS (for my Twitter friend T Bundy), There are several interesting poster topics for IBD on Sunday

Sunday night is the first ‘GutOverHere’ get together hosted by several prominent IBD patient advocates so I’m going to attend that. I’m super excited to meet and learn from these people who do amazing work.

Monday May 18:

  • Talks
    • 8-9:30 = Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • 10-11:30 am = Clinical outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease
    • 2-3:30 pm = disease complications in IBD or endpoints in IBD? Not sure which to choose
    • 4-5:30 pm = Hepatitis B (obviously not IBD related but it is an area I am interested in)

Tuesday May 19:

  • 8-9:30 am = Controlled Clinical trials in IBD
  • 10-11:30 am = Comparative effectiveness of therapies in IBD
  • 2-3:30 pm = Positioning biologic therapy in IBD

So that’s the basic run down of my DDW itinerary. In the slots where I say OR what would you attend? What do you think I should chose?

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