May 16: The Department of Medicine Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology had a big presence at Digestive Diseases Week, held May 17-21 in San Diego, with 46 presentations, including several invited lectures, oral presentations, and posters. Invited lecturers were:
· Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor
· Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor
· Dr. Jason Hou, associate professor
· Dr. Noah Shroyer, associate professor
· Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor
· Dr. Derek Lin, clinical postdoc fellow
· Dr. Stephen Pappas, associate professor
A few addiitonal highlights:
Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, directed the Advanced Polypectomy and Hemorrhoid Management Hands-On Workshop and the Anorectal Diseases clinical symposium session.
Dr. Ayse Mindikoglu, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, presented the late-breaking abstract of her group’s study entitled “Dawn-to-sunset fasting for 30 days induces tropomyosin 1, 3 and 4 genes in healthy volunteers: its clinical implications in metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”. The study found that dawn-to-sunset fasting for 30 days (Ramadan fasting) increased levels of proteins that play a crucial role in improving insulin. The results of the study had subsequent worldwide media coverage (see In The News).