Invited-Speaker Sessions

Invited-speaker sessions feature some of the most prestigious experts in their fields. Organized by each of the four sponsoring societies, these sessions highlight a wide range of topics that appeal to a broad base of attendees. In the Online Planner and Mobile App, invited presentations can be identified by their presentation numbers; all invited presentations being with “Sp.” DDW 2019 Scientific Sessions has been found “Compliant” with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.

Below are examples of invited speaker sessions offered at DDW.

  • Academic Debates: Fellows participate in lively and spirited discussion of controversial gastroenterology topics.  Teams consist of a fellow and faculty member.  The debate format allows each side to present their arguments, confer, provide a rebuttal to their opponent’s argument, and finally answer questions from the judges.
  • Address/Oration/Lecture: Sponsored by SSAT, each session is 90 minutes in length and generally has 4-5 presentations of 15-20 minutes each with an additional 15-20 minutes at the end for questions and answers. 
  • Breakfast Connections (formerly Breakfast-With-the-Experts): Sponsored by DDW in collaboration with the sponsoring societies, these 75‐minute sessions held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday provide the opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers in a small‐group setting. There is no AV, so formal presentations are not required. These sessions are ticketed, with a special rate for trainees and includes breakfast.
  • Board Review Course: This course, sponsored by the AGA, serves as a primer for third-year fellows preparing for the board exam as well as a review course for others wanting to test their knowledge. The course is 240 minutes in length. Attendees are provided with real-time feedback on their readiness to take the board exams.
  • Clinical Symposium: Focused on clinical topics and sponsored by one or more of the four societies, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and typically feature three to four speakers with presentations ranging from 15 to 30 minutes in length with 5 minutes question and answer for each presentation.
  • Clinical Ward Rounds Session: These sessions are SSAT sponsored. They each will have a moderator and 2-3 faculty members presenting their topic.
  • Combined Clinical Symposium: AASLD, AGA, ASGE and SSAT offer jointly sponsored symposia on topics of broad interest to DDW participants. The integrated, multidisciplinary approach of these sessions will interest clinicians and basic scientists alike. These sessions are 90 minutes in length with 20-30 at the end for questions and answers.
  • Combined Translational Symposium: AASLD, AGA, ASGE and SSAT offer jointly sponsored symposia on topics of broad interest to DDW participants. The integrated, multidisciplinary approach of these sessions will interest clinicians and basic scientists alike. These sessions are 90 minutes in length with 20-30 at the end for questions and answers.
  • Committee-Sponsored Symposium: These AGA sessions are sponsored by one of the AGA Institute Committees. Similar to other symposia, these are typically 90-minute sessions featuring three to four presentations, but may have unique situations where they range from 60 minutes to a four‐hour session. Presentation lengths are 22-30 minutes with five minutes of questions and answers. Some committee sponsored sessions are ticketed.
  • Conference/Debate/Panel/Symposium: These sessions are 90 minutes and contain 4-5 presentations of 15-20 with a Q&A at the end of an additional 15-20 minutes. The symposium is 180 minutes and has a large number of speakers – the number of which changes.
  • Distinguish Abstract Plenary: Ninety minutes in length, these AGA sessions are sponsored by one of AGA’s sections and are comprised of six top‐ranking abstracts submitted to each section. Presentations are 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • GRG Symposium: Previously known as the GRG Spring Symposium, this session is sponsored by the AGA. The session is 90 minutes in length.
  • Hands-On Sessions: Sponsored by ASGE and SSAT, these interactive sessions focus on specific procedures and allow participants to test techniques during the session. Sessions are 120-180 minutes in length and feature as many as 11 faculty members. All Hands-On sessions are ticketed.
  • Hepatology Update: Sponsored by AASLD, this three-hour course summarizes both clinical and basic research on topics that are highly relevant to the practice of hepatology and liver-based research. This course is ticketed.
  • Plenary: Plenary sessions are offered by all four societies and feature the year’s best abstracts and invited speakers. AGA, ASGE and SSAT feature Presidential Plenary sessions that range from 90-210 minutes. Presentations are typically 15 minutes in length. Presidential Plenary sessions often include a Presidential Address and an award presentation.
  • Hybrid Sessions: These sessions are 60 minutes in length and are designed thematically to combine both invited talks and abstract presentations into one session. Invited talks can be done at the beginning as an overview, at the end as a summary, or the session can alternate between an invited presentation and abstract driven one.
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary: Sponsored by DDW, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and feature abstracts submitted during the February late-breaking submission period. Typically, there are two sessions — one clinically focused, one basic research focused. Both sessions have presentations that at typically 15 minutes in length including three minutes of questions and answers.
  • Meet-the-Investigator/Meet-the-Professor Luncheons: Sponsored by DDW in collaboration with the sponsoring societies, these 75‐minute sessions held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday provide the opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers in a small‐group setting. These sessions are ticketed and include lunch.
  • Morton I. Grossman Lectureship: The Grossman session at DDW is 90 minutes in length and includes a 10-minute intro, 60-minute lecture from the award recipient and 20 minutes of question and answer.
  • Plenary Session: Plenary sessions are offered by all four societies and feature the year’s best abstracts and invited speakers. AGA, ASGE and SSAT feature Presidential Plenary sessions that range from 90-210 minutes. Presentations are typically 15 minutes in length. Presidential Plenary sessions often include a Presidential Address and an award presentation.
  • Postgraduate Course: AGA and ASGE offer the course as their flagship live educational offering and premier CME activity, the Postgraduate Course, is a one-and-a-half-day multi-topic course covering both basic science and clinical topics. The course is ticketed.
  • Postgraduate Course Case-Based Session: These are 1.5 hour, interactive breakout sessions led by two faculty members. Types of case based sessions include Flipped Classroom, Video Presentation and Curbside Consult.
  • Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout: The breakout sessions are one hour, interactive sessions led by one faculty member.
  • Quick Shots: These 60- 90-minute sessions are sponsored by SSAT and DDW and feature 10-20 presentations. Authors present brief three minute oral reports on their work, with about three minutes of time allotted for follow-up questions from the audience.
  • Research Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations, and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Research Symposium: These 90-minute sessions focus on basic science topics and are sponsored by one or more of the four societies. These sessions typically feature three to four speakers with presentations ranging from 20 to 30 minutes in length.
  • Rome Foundation Lectureship: This is a 90‐minute session comprised of three invited speaker presentations and is planned with the Rome Foundation leaders. It is counted as a committee sponsored symposium. Presentation lengths are 22-30 minutes with five minutes of questions and answers.
  • Roundtable-With-the-Experts: This is a DDW session format where attendees gather to network with others, discuss what they have just learned in sessions, or seek deeper understanding on specific topics. An assigned facilitator is assigned to each table to ensure the exchange of knowledge. These sessions are 75 minutes and take place Saturday to Tuesday. They are free to attendees.
  • Special Session: The AGA council works with other societies and donor families to develop additional special invited speaker sessions.
  • State-of-the-Art Lecture: Typically 60 minutes in length with five minutes for questions, these sessions feature one keynote speaker on a given topic. State-of-the-Art Lectures are offered by all four sponsoring societies.
  • Topic Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Translational Symposium: These 90-minute sessions focus on translational topics and are sponsored by one or more of the four societies. These sessions typically feature three to four speakers with presentations ranging from 20 to 30 minutes in length.
  • Poster Sessions: Sponsored by all four societies, poster sessions take place every day in the Poster Hall from noon–2 p.m. During this time, poster presenters will be at their posters to explain their findings and answer questions. Topics vary by day.
  • Video Forum: These sessions are 90-250 minutes and feature video abstracts submitted to ASGE and SSAT. The number of presentations is determined by the total runtime of all the videos. Each video is a different length so presentation/question and answer time varies.

Abstract-Based Sessions

Abstract-based sessions feature new research findings. Abstracts are submitted to the sponsoring societies between Oct. 19–Dec. 1 and are peer-reviewed by content experts. All accepted abstracts are published in either Gastroenterology or GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Accepted abstracts may be presented in lecture or poster sessions. Below are examples of abstracts-based sessions at DDW.

  • Distinguish Abstract Plenary: Ninety minutes in length, these AGA sessions are sponsored by one of AGA’s sections and are comprised of six top‐ranking abstracts submitted to each section. Presentations are 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • ePoster Sessions: DDW offers free ePoster presentations in the DDW ePosters Theater. Daily presentations, curated by society experts, will highlight the latest science featured in the Poster Hall in a small, theater setting.
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary: Sponsored by DDW, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and feature abstracts submitted during the February late-breaking submission period. Typically, there are two sessions — one clinically focused, one basic research focused. Both sessions have presentations that at typically 15 minutes in length including three minutes of questions and answers. 
  • Poster Tours: Sponsored by AGA, these complimentary walking tours are led by subject matter experts and feature the most significant research presented in various topic areas. Each tour will focus on abstracts displayed in the Poster Hall and provide attendees with discussion and networking opportunities with leaders and presenters.
  • Poster Sessions: Sponsored by all four societies, poster sessions take place every day in the Poster Hall from noon–2 p.m. During this time, poster presenters will be at their posters to explain their findings and answer questions. Topics vary by day. 
  • Quick Shots: These 60- 90-minute sessions are sponsored by SSAT and DDW and feature 10-20 presentations. Authors present brief three minute oral reports on their work, with about three minutes of time allotted for follow-up questions from the audience.
  • Research Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations, and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Topic Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Video Forum: These sessions are 90-250 minutes and feature video abstracts submitted to ASGE and SSAT. The number of presentations is determined by the total runtime of all the videos. Each video is a different length so presentation/question and answer time varies.