Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

In 2021, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) moves online as a fully virtual meeting with slightly new dates: May 21-23, 2021. For more than 50 years, the digestive disease community has connected over the best science, education and networking at DDW, and we’re confident this year will be no exception. In fact, we’re excited by opportunities the new format provides to learn, share and connect with each other.

The world’s premier meeting for gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery professionals will be a fully virtual event in 2021. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge with colleagues from all over the world and explore the latest advances in the field — all from the convenience of your home. Read on to learn what will be delivered right to you through our new state-of-the-art event platform.

Sessions

Gain the kind of insight that can’t be found in an article or textbook. Hear top GI experts share their perspectives, approaches to common challenges and practical knowledge, while earning CME and MOC. All DDW sessions will be recorded and available to attendees until Aug. 23, 2021.  Expand each group below to view the complete list of sessions, descriptions, dates and times for each.

Clinical Practitioner Channel

Throughout DDW 2021, AGA will feature sessions specifically targeted to clinical practitioners. These “Best of” session topics include Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, IBD and IBS, touching on challenging cases and highlighting AGA’s recent guidelines. The sessions noted below can be found under the DDW Clinical Practice Track.

AGA Clinical Plenary

Sunday May 23, 1–2:30 p.m.

This plenary will feature top clinical abstract presentations accepted by AGA. Attend this session to hear the latest in clinical research.

AGA Presidential Plenary

Friday, May 21, 10–11:30 a.m.

The 2021 plenary is designed to highlight timely, high-impact research and the role of AGA. The plenary program will feature a series of invited speaker talks on high-profile
clinical topics. There will also be a brief address from AGA Institute President M.
Bishr Omary, MD, PhD.

Basic Science Channel

AGA will also feature sessions specially targeted to basic scientists throughout DDW 2021. The sessions noted below can be found under the DDW Basic Science Track.

Within this selection, AGA will showcase basic science themes including:

  • Modeling GI Biology and Disease
  • Inflammation Fibrosis in Digestive Organ Biology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Microbiome, Pathogens and Nutrition

AGA Basic Science Plenary

Friday, May 21, 5:30–7 p.m.

Catch AGA’s top-scoring basic science abstracts for the latest research in basic
science.

Leveling Up Your Lab: How to Bring State-of-the-Art Tech to Your Schedule (GRG Symposium)

Sunday, May 23, 3:30–5 p.m.

The Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG) session on Leveling Up Your Lab features talks from experts in applying the latest, most innovative techniques in several aspects of GI research, from high- power imaging of cells, neural networks and tissue to handling massive “omics” datasets, to studying the plethora of metabolites
that affect host-microbiome interactions and gastrointestinal health.

AGA Morton I. Grossman Distinguished Lectureship: Communicate!! The Essential Nature of Crosstalk in Development, Disease and Science

Saturday, May 22, 1–2:30 p.m.

“We are smarter when we listen and stronger when we share.” -Rania Al Abdulla.

The objective of this session is to illustrate the truth in this quotation using three
examples of the extraordinary power of communication in biological contexts.

These are sessions specifically designed to meet the unique needs of trainees, early career GIs and physicians of diverse backgrounds.

Advancing Clinical Practice: GI-Fellow-Directed Quality- Improvement Projects

Technologies and Procedural Innovations Track

Saturday, May 22, 1–2:30 p.m.

The Paths to Partnership, Academic Promotion and Research Productivity: How to Advance as an Early Career Gastroenterologist

Clinical Practice Track

Friday, May 21, 1–2:30 p.m.

AGA Board Review Course

Clinical Practice Track

Sunday, May 23, 1–2:30 p.m.

Race in Medicine and Science

Health Care Delivery, Disparities and Quality Track

Friday, May 21, 3:30–5 p.m.

AGA works with U.S. and international GI organizations, and these societies will provide the latest updates on the field at DDW.

EMR, NET and SENIC: Where Do You Draw the Line?

Clinical Practice Track

Sunday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Roger C. Haggitt GI Pathology Society

AGA Institute–Rome Foundation Lectureship — Cannabinoids in GI Disorders: A New Understanding of Use and Abuse

Functional GI and Motility Disorders Track

Sunday, May 23, 10–11:30 a.m..
Sponsored by the Rome Foundation.

AGA-CSG: Best of DDW in Chinese

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Track

Friday, May 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the AGA International Subcommittee.

AGA’s Lo Mejor de DDW

Microbiome in Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases Track

Sunday, May 23, 3:30–5 p.m.
Sponsored by the AGA International Subcommittee.

AGA’s O Melhor da DDW

Basic Science Track

Sunday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m.
Sponsored by the AGA International Subcommittee.

The AGA Institute Council’s 13 sections collaborate with their councillors and colleagues to program top scientific sessions focusing on the latest developments in research and clinical practice. Visit the DDW Online Planner for more details about these and other scientific sessions at DDW 2021.

Basic Science Track
Friday, May 21, 10–11:30 a.m.Applying Organoid Technology for GI Cancer Research
Sponsored by: Gastrointestinal Oncology Section
Friday, May 21, 10–11:30 a.m.Stromal-Epithelial Crosstalk in GI Disease
Sponsored by: Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology Section
Friday, May 21, 1–2:30 p.m.The Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine of the Digestive
Organs
Sponsored by: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Development Biology Section
QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 10–11:30 a.m.Dynamic Plasticity of GI Stem Cells
Sponsored by: Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 1–2:30 p.m.Metabolites and Bioactive Lipids in GI Disease
Sponsored by: Cellular & Molecular Gastroenterology Section
QA Session

Clinical Practice Track
Saturday, May 22, 10–11:30 a.m.Barrett’s Esophagus: What’s New From Diagnosis Through Treatment
Sponsored by: Clinical Practice Section
QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 3:30–5 p.m.A Day of Liver Consults
Sponsored by: Liver & Biliary Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 10–11:30 a.m.COVID-19 and GI Practice: Learning From the Past as We Build Towards a Better
Future
Sponsored by: Clinical Practice Section
QA Session

Colorectal Diseases Track
Sunday, May 23, 1–2:30 p.m.Stealthy Bacteria: Role of the Microbiome in the Etiology, Pathogenesis and
Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
Sponsored by: Gastrointestinal Oncology Section

Education and Training Track
Saturday, May 22, 1–2:30 p.m.Leveraging Big Data to Predict, Diagnose and Treat Cancer
Sponsored by: Gastrointestinal Oncology Section

Esophageal Diseases Track
Friday, May 21, 3:30–5 p.m.Donald O. Castell, MD, Lecture: Controversies in Esophageal
Disorders
Sponsored by: Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders Section
QA Session

Functional GI and Motility Disorders Track
Friday, May 21, 5:30–7 p.m.Gastroparesis in 2021: Updates on Pathophysiology and Treatment
Sponsored by: Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section
QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 5:30–7 p.m.Josephine and Michael Camilleri, MD, Lecture — Food, Microbes and Functional GI
Disease: The Science Behind the Hype
Sponsored by: Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 3:30-5 p.m.Complex Clinical Scenarios in GI Motility: A Focus on Management
Sponsored by: Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section

Health Care Delivery, Disparities and Quality Track
Friday, May 21, 5:30–7 p.m.Exploring Issues of Diversity and Disparity in Gastroenterology
Sponsored by: Clinical Practice Section
Sunday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m.Diet and Cancer Prevention
Sponsored by: Gastrointestinal Oncology Section

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Track
Friday, May 21, 3:30–5 p.m.Patricia and Ralph Giannella Lecture: Mapping Intestinal Cell
Subsets with Single-Cell Resolution in Health and Disease
Sponsored by: Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Section
Friday, May 21, 5:30–7 p.m.Farron and Martin Brotman, MD, Lecture: Choosing and Positioning
Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis
Sponsored by: Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Section

QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 1–2:30 p.m.Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric IBD in the 21st Century
Sponsored by: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Development Biology Section
Saturday, May 22, 5:30–7 p.m.Kiron and Kamala Das Symposium: Cell Death in the Intestinal
Epithelium
Sponsored by: Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Section

Liver Diseases and Transplantation Track
Friday, May 21, 3:30–5 p.m.Charles S. Lieber Lecture: New Frontiers: Alcoholic Liver Disease
Sponsored by: Liver & Biliary Section
Sunday, May 23, 1–2:30 p.m.Managing Complications of Cirrhosis
Sponsored by: Liver & Biliary Section
QA Session

Microbiome in Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases Track
Friday, May 21, 10–11:30 a.m.Frances and Don W. Powell, MD, Lecture: Small Intestinal Microbes,
Metabolites and GI Disease
Sponsored by: Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders Section
QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Gut Microbe and Intestinal Epithelial Cell Interactions in Health
and Disease
Sponsored by: Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 3:30–5 p.m.Microbiome Regulation of Mucosal and Systemic Immunity (Recognizing
Dan Littman as a Pioneer)
Sponsored by: Microbiome & Microbial Therapy Section
Sunday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m.Charles M. Mansbach II, MD, Memorial Lecture: Diet and Metabolic
Signals Provided by the Gut Microbiota
Sponsored by: Microbiome & Microbial Therapy Section
QA Session

Obesity and Nutrition Track
Saturday, May 22, 10–11:30 a.m.Dark Matter: Nonbacterial Kingdoms of the Gut Microbiome
Sponsored by: Microbiome & Microbial Therapy Section
Saturday, May 22, 1–2:30 p.m.COVID-19 and Vitamin D
Sponsored by: Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Section
Saturday, May 22, 3:30–5 p.m.Nature Versus Nurture: Environmental and Genetic Causes of
Obesity
Sponsored by: Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Section
Sunday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m.Endoscopic Bariatric Procedures: The Ground Realities
Sponsored by: Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Section
QA Session

Pancreatic Disease Track
Friday, May 21, 1–2:30 p.m.Management of Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms
Sponsored by: Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 10–11:30 a.m.Mechanisms of Pain and Multimodal Management Options for the
Treatment of Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis
Sponsored by: Pancreatic Disorders Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 10–11:30 a.m.Pediatrics to Octogenarians: The Life Cycle of Pancreatic
Diseases
Sponsored by: Pancreatic Disorders Section
QA Session

Pediatric GI Track
Saturday, May 22, 5:30–7 p.m.Pediatric Liver and Pancreatic Disorders
Sponsored by: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Development Biology Section
QA Session

Stomach and Small Bowel Disorders Track
Friday, May 21, 3:30–5 p.m.Brand-Name Diets and Nutrients for Weight Loss: Hype or Help?
Sponsored by: Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Section
Saturday, May 22, 10–11:30 a.m.Barry Marshall (Nobel Laureate 2005) and Adrienne Marshall Lecture:
Nobel Laureate
Barry Marshall’s Legacy and the Current Challenges of H. pylori Therapy
Sponsored by: Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders Section
Saturday, May 22, 1–3:30 p.m.Kristin and David Peura, MD, Symposium — Surveillance for Gastric
Intestinal Metaplasia: Is It Worthwhile?
Sponsored by: Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders Section
QA Session
Sunday, May 23, 10–11:30 a.m.Tolerance: An Achievable Holy Grail or a Bridge Too Far?
Sponsored by: Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders Section

Technologies and Procedural Innovations Track
Friday, May 21, 5:30–7 p.m.Advancing Technologies in Imaging for Pancreatitis and Pancreatic
Cancer
Sponsored by: Pancreatic Disorders Section
QA Session
Saturday, May 22, 10–11:30 a.m.Improving Your GI Practice With Digital Technologies and Artificial
Intelligence
Sponsored by: Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging Section
Sunday, May 23, 3:30–5 p.m.Technological Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Sponsored by: Endoscopy, Technology & Imaging Section

Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Course Directors:
Kimberly Brown, MD, AGAF, FAST, FAASLD;
Jonathan M. Buscaglia, MD, AGAF, FASGE; and
Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, AGAF

Leverage new tools, discover effective strategies and explore emerging science that
will redefine how you provide high-quality care at the 2021 AGA Postgraduate Course.
Our virtual one-day course offers the exceptional content and world-renowned faculty
AGA is known for, while the condensed schedule and separation from DDW 2021
maximizes time away from your patients.

New this year, you’ll have the opportunity to curate your agenda
with two concurrent education tracks focusing on topics commonly seen in the clinic;
inflammatory bowel disease, liver, colon, pancreas/biliary, esophagus and
stomach/small bowel. More than 50 experts will present cutting-edge information in
four new presentation styles that will stimulate and engage you.

Gain the practical, hands-on knowledge you need during two-sided debates, case-based
panels, pitfall presentations and exclusive interviews. In addition to case-based
discussions, every session at the 2021 AGA Postgraduate Course will feature at least
one case study.

Join us for the day, jump in during lunchtime or watch everything on demand —
registration incudes on- demand access to the entire course for one year.
Participate live to earn 6
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, then view the remaining education
sessions at your leisure to earn an additional to earn an additional
16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Learn more and register online.

ePosters

2,000 ePosters will be on display at DDW Virtual™. Authors will be available to answer questions from attendees at scheduled times. Posters will be organized by DDW Tracks to allow attendees to view by topic or theme.

Networking

Whether you’re a trainee, an early career gastroenterologist or someone who is more experienced, we are creating an array of opportunities for you to meet and collaborate with your colleagues in a virtual setting. Small-group breakouts, chat and live Q&A and direct messaging will be included this year. View schedule.

  • Grand Rounds

    In these small-group networking sessions, speakers will bring a case for discussion. Topics will include gastrointestinal oncology, microbiome and microbial therapy, nutrition and GI and more.

  • Young GI & Trainee Small-Group Networking Session

    Come meet and network with other trainee and early career GI attendees from around the world. Information will be available from AGA, in addition to trainee-specific programming tips at DDW.

  • Diversity Symposium Continuing Conversation

    Directly following the DDW Diversity Symposium, this block is designed to offer attendees an opportunity to network and participate in dynamic discussion in an informal, small-group virtual atmosphere.

Industry Supporter Showcase

See all of the latest GI innovations, access special offers, and discuss your specific needs with trusted industry partners. We’ve scheduled fewer sessions during selected times (8 to 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.) to make it easier for you to spend time in the Industry Supporter Showcase.

Plus, get additional industry programming through:

  • Product Theaters

    Practical and useful updates on the latest GI products and procedures await you in virtual theaters.

  • Satellite Symposia

    Looking for educational sessions before or after official programming during DDW? Satellite Symposia provide additional educational offerings, often including CME credit to attendees. All symposia are conveniently offered online.

Key Dates

DEC.

17

All authors are required to complete the disclosure process by either disclosing all financial relationships with commercial interests or indicating that none exist.

JAN.

20

Registration opens for DDW. AGA members receive reduced registration fees.

MARCH

10

AGA Postgraduate Course early bird deadline. Save up to $345.

MARCH

31

DDW early bird deadline

APRIL

1

DDW Late-Breaking Abstract submission deadline

Featured speakers and sessions

Secure your seat

Register now and join us May 21-23. AGA members get a discount on the cost to attend DDW.

DDW registration is online only. It’s easy, efficient and user friendly. Use this checklist to walk you through the online registration process.

Categories and pricing for DDW 2021 registration are online. View each description to see which category best fits your needs.

Special Interest Areas

AGA will feature sessions specially targeted to basic scientists throughout DDW 2021. Within this selection, AGA will showcase basic science themes including:
  • Modeling GI Biology and Disease
  • Inflammation Fibrosis in Digestive Organ Biology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Microbiome, Pathogens and Nutrition
All basic science sessions can also be found within the DDW Basic Science Track.

Throughout DDW 2021, AGA will feature sessions specifically targeted to clinical practitioners. These “Best of” session topics include Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, IBD and IBS, touching on challenging cases and highlighting AGA’s recent guidelines. All clinical practice science sessions can also be found within the DDW Clinical Practice Track.

Elevate your skills and expand your knowledge with education, resources and opportunities vital to where you’re at in your career journey – all crucial to successfully navigating ahead. View what we’re offering you at DDW by visiting AGA University.

Registration checklist

DDW registration is online only. It’s easy, efficient and user friendly. Use this checklist to walk you through the online registration process.

Rates and categories

Categories and pricing for DDW 2021 registration are online. View each description to see which category best fits your needs.

Meet us in Chicago

DDW Council Chair Grace Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, shares her excitement for DDW® 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Watch this video to learn how to get access to brightest ideas & breakthroughs in digestive disease next year.

News

AGA scientific programming at DDW is developed by

AGA Institute Council

AGA members save on DDW registration

Join AGA, or renew your membership, by March 24, 2021, to receive the early bird member discount. Member trainees, residents and students receive complimentary registration during the early bird period. DDW registration opens Jan. 20, 2021.