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This is a chance for you to help influence the topic of AGA’s conference and an opportunity to possibly serve as a conference chair. The council is looking for novel proposals covering all areas of gastroenterology, in addition to suggestions for new speakers and innovative conference formats.

The James W. Freston Single Topic Conference series began in 2009 with the Celiac Disease Conference in Chicago, IL. We are now collecting proposals for the 2018 conference, which will be held in the summer/fall of 2018. The conference is funded by a generous endowment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals and offers CME credits.

All proposals are due no later than Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Complete the proposal form and email it to agacouncil@gastro.org.

Conference Overview

The purpose of the conference is to focus on scientific dialogue, present opportunities for scientific collaboration, and the exploration of new ideas that may lead to enhanced patient therapies or potential opportunities for cures of digestive diseases.

Submissions must propose which of the twelve council sections would be most suitable to sponsor the proposed conference. Information about AGA Council sections can be found here.

Below we have listed topics from prior Freston conferences. The only topics that may be repeated in 2018 are celiac disease, GI response to injury, GI stem cells and Barrett’s esophagus and FMT.

  • Celiac Disease (2009)
  • GI Response to Injury (2010)
  • GI Stem Cells (2012)
  • Barrett’s Esophagus: Cellular Biology, Biomarkers and Management (2013)
  • Therapeutic Innovations in Microbiome Research and Technology; A Further Look into Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (2014)
  • A Renaissance in the Understanding and Management of IBS (2015)
  • Intestinal Metaplasia in the Esophagus and Stomach — Origins, Differences, Similarities and Significance (2016)
  • Extracellular Vesicles: Biology, Translation and Clinical Application in GI Disorders (2017)

Proposal Requirements

  • Proposals must be for original programs, primarily developed by the AGA Institute and cannot be used to support other meetings.
  • The program must involve a diverse group of speakers, paying attention to geographic considerations as well as gender and racial/ethnic diversity.
  • The rationale/educational need for each program should be well demonstrated.
  • Proposals must include at least two AGA Council Sections through which the program would be considered and co-sponsored.
  • It is expected that the proposed meeting will fill approximately 1 to 1.5 days.
  • Topics previously presented may not be repeated until a period of four years has elapsed (e.g., a conference presented in 2012 could be presented again in 2016 or later).

How to Submit a Proposal

A finalized proposal package must include the following documents:

  • Complete the proposal form.
  • Preliminary program with title of meeting; speakers’ names, tentative presentation titles and institutional affiliations; course directors; and planning committee. Please use the Preliminary Program template as a guide; the specific number of sessions, speakers per session, and formatting are at your discretion.
  • Needs assessment: description of educational need that will be addressed by the program.
  • Learning objectives
  • Target Association
  • Target Research Insitutions
  • Expected attendance
  • Proposed dates and location (Conference must occur between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016)
  • Any additional information you feel would be valuable regarding the request for support

Submit the finalized package no later than Jan. 6, 2017. You may also contact Jamie Parreco, senior manager of council operations, with any questions regarding submitting a proposal.

About James W. Freston, MD, PhD, AGAF

James W. Freston, MD, PhD, AGAF, is an influential former AGA president whose vision, leadership and efforts have focused on teaching, research, education and developing collaborative relationships within the GI field — leading to significant advances in gastroenterology and hepatology research and practice. Through his academic career, Dr. Freston has served as a role model and mentor for innumerable GIs and an ambassador for gastroenterology practice, clinical research, and education throughout the world. The Takeda Endowment Fund was given in honor of him.

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