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AGA and ESNM announce 2019 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (Sept. 21, 2018) - The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is proud to partner with the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) for the 8th annual Gut Microbiota for Health (GMFH) World Summit. This preeminent meeting on the gut microbiota will take place March 23 & 24, 2019, in Miami, Florida.

The 2019 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit will present the latest evidence on the interaction between diet, nutrition and the gut microbiome. Health care professionals in attendance will learn how diet and nutrition through their effects on the gut microbiome are being used in concert with traditional therapies to manage GI disorders.

"Patients and the public are more curious about the gut microbiota than ever before, and the science is moving at a fast pace. Our program is designed to update attendees on the latest research and how lessons learned from the laboratory may translate to patient care. We hope that health care professionals across all disciplines -- physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, advanced practice providers and researchers -- will join us for an interdisciplinary discussion on the gut microbiota," said Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, co-chair of the 2019 GMFH scientific committee and chair of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education.

In addition to presentations by leading experts in the field, the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit will feature novel abstracts on basic and clinical research related to the gut microbiome and its role in human health and disease.


The 2019 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit is sponsored by AGA and ESNM, and the scientific committee is co-chaired by Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, (Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) and Francisco Guarner, MD, PhD (Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain). The summit is endorsed by the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), and is made possible through support from Danone (the GMFH Founding Supporter) and Sanofi (Sustaining Supporter).

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The 2019 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit welcomes health care reporters and bloggers to attend the meeting free of charge. We will also be sharing embargoed gut microbiome science in advance of the meeting. Please contact for additional information or to be added to our media list.

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About the Gut Microbiota & Health Section of ESNM

ESNM stands for the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, a member of United European Gastroenterology (UEG). The mission of ESNM is to defend the interests of all professionals in Europe involved in the study of neurobiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal function. The Gut Microbiota & Health Section was set up to increase recognition of the links between the gut microbiota and human health, to highlight the role of diet and nutrition and to spread knowledge and to raise interest in the subject. The Gut Microbiota & Health Section is open to professionals, researchers, and practitioners from all fields related to gut microbiota and health.

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