The Welsh Association for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (WAGE), BSG, Welsh Surgical Society and Welsh Chapters of AUGIS and ACP are joining together for the above meeting, which will be the largest Digestive Disease Federation type meeting held in Cardiff since BSG was held there in 1986. BSG will have its own awayday on the Wednesday, and thus well-known experts and opinion leaders will be in the City for the whole three days. The organisation and hosting of the meeting are being  progressed by Creative Conferences (

Speakers confirmed so far include Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson (JAG Lead), Prof David Sanders (Sheffield), Prof Martin Lombard (BSG President), Dr Dhiraj Tripathi and Prof Gideon Hirschfield (Birmingham), Dr George Webster (UCLH), Dr Mark Hudson (Newcastle), Prof Attila Nakeeb (Indianapolis), Dr Luigi Bonavina (Milan), Ms Nicola Fearnhead (Cambridge), Dr Par Myrelid (Linkoping, Sweden), Dr Amy Lightner (Mayo Clinic), and Prof Enrique Dominguez-Munoz (Santiago de Compostela).

The framework of the meeting will comprise plenary sessions in hepatobiliary disease, colorectal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, oesophageal disease and endoscopy.  There will also be a session on research and an “Editor’s Choice”.  There will be a pre-dinner debate on the Thursday early evening “This house believes that there is enough evidence to recommend aspirin for cancer prevention in the over 50s” The conference dinner will be in the spacious dining facilities of the Mercure itself, and the entertainment will reflect St David’s Day. There will be parallel nurse specialist sessions and free paper prize sessions as well as a call for abstracts with free papers and posters.

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The Welsh Association for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (WAGE) prides itself in the strong links between medical and surgical gastroenterologists in the Principality, and the current WAGE President, Prof Jared Torkington, secured agreement that the normal surgical Spring meetings will merge with us in the creation of "Digestive Diseases Wales (ddW)"! This has led to the programme having a long gestation period, but we have gathered a hugely impressive cast for what promises to be the biggest GI/liver meeting in Wales since BSG came to Cardiff in 1986 (where I gave my very first free paper!). We also boast Boston Scientific and Mylan State-of-the-Art speakers, a pre-dinner debate on whether we should all be taking low-dose aspirin, and a breakfast symposium courtesy of Janssen. The entertainment on the Thursday evening will include some surprises that reflect St David's Day.

The meeting is being facilitated by Creative Conferences ( and registration is via this site. There will be three streams of abstract submission, each with a prize (8 Free Papers, Posters, and a parallel Welsh Surgical Society Ivor Lewis Medal prize session). For more details please follow and for abstract submission visit

Miles Allison Chair, ddW Programme Committee