WEWUEGWUnited European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW) is an international meeting of gastroenterologists held in Europe. It is a similar conference to Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in the United States. This year, the meeting was held in Vienna, Austria on Ocyober 20 – 23, 2014. There were 12,800+ attendees, 3,500+ abstracts submitted from countries all over the world, and only 466 invited lectures. Drs. Whitehead and Palsson were one of the few selected to give an invited lecture, which is a great accomplishment for themselves and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The top 10 attending counties were;

  1. Italy
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Russia
  4. Japan
  5. Germany
  6. France
  7. Spain
  8. Brazil
  9. United States
  10. Austria

PalssonUEGWDr. Olafur Palsson was live Tweeting during the conference was received the “Most Influential Tweet of UEGW 2014” award out of hundreds that were posted to Twitter for the conference. Information on UEGW can be found at http://live.ueg.eu/week/news/ To follow Dr. Palsson on Twitter, you can find him at @DrPalssonUNC or you can follow the Center Twitter feed at @FGIFYI

This year, UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders had multiple abstracts submitted and invited oral presentations.

October 20, 2014

  • Title: Abdominal Pain Versus Abdominal Discomfort: Implications For Diagnostic Assessment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    Session Title: IBS: Classification and Diagnosis
    Authors: Olafur Palsson PsyD, Steve Heymen PhD, William E. Whitehead PhD
    Presenting Author: Olafur Palsson, PsyD
    Presentation Type: Poster
  • Title: Patient Preferences for Terminology Used to Identify Fecal Incontinence
    Session Title: Lower GI Health Services Research
    Authors: Steve Heymen PhD, Olafur Palsson PsyD, Sung Min Kim BS, Stefaine Twist BA, William E. Whitehead PhD
    Presenting Author: Steve Heymen, PhD
    Presentation Type: Poster

October 21, 2014

  • Title: Diagnostic approach to the patient with constipation: Relevance for choice of treatment.
    Session Title: Management of constipation based in the underlying pathophysiology: Does it work?
    Presenting Author: William Whitehead, PhD
    Presentation Type: Invited Oral Presentation
  • Title: Patient Perspectives for Endpoints in Clinical Trials for Fecal Incontinence
    Session Title: Hepatobiliary Health Services Research
    Authors: William E. Whitehead PhD, Olafur Palsson PsyD, Steve Heymen PhD, Sung Min Kim BS, Stefanie Twist BA
    Presenting Author: William Whitehead, PhD
    Presentation Type: Poster

October 22, 2014HeymenUEGW

  • Title: Does Perceived Stigma Affect Health Care Consulting and Quality of Life in Fecal Incontinence?
    Session Title: Neurogastroenterology
    Authors: Olaur Palsson PsyD, Steve Heymen PhD, William E. Whitehead PhD
    Presenting Author: Olafur Palsson, PsyD
    Presentation Type: Poster
  • Title: Pathophysiology of functional GI disorders
    Session Title: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: What’s new in 2014?
    Presenting Author: William Whitehead, PhD
    Presentation Type: Invited Oral Presentation
  • Title: Association of Somatization with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Uninvestigated Dyspepsia in the U.S. General Population
    Session Title: Neurogastroenterology
    Authors: Olafur Palsson PsyD, Miranda van Tilburg PhD, William E. Whitehead PhD
    Presenting Author: Olafur Palsson, PsyD
    Presentation Type: Poster
  • Title: Which Measure of Fecal Incontinence Severity Is the Best Predictor of Fecal Incontinence Quality of Life (FIQL)?
    Session Title: Symptoms in patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders
    Authors: William E. Whitehead PhD, Olafur Palsson PsyD, Steve Heymen PhD
    Presenting Author: William E. Whitehead, PhD
    Presentation Type: Invited Oral Presentation