The World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) Executive had a busy time at the recently concluded 50th Annual Digestive Disease Week® in San Diego, California, USA. The World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) partnered with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) to host a joint session: the ASGE/WEO International Symposium on Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment: Using Endoscopic Technology in Daily Practice.

This session was co-moderated by Professor Vanessa Shami (USA) Councilor on the Governing Board of ASGE and Dr Fabian Emura (Colombia), WEO President-Elect.



There were six lectures in the session. Two of these concerned image-enhanced endoscopy (IEE): Dr Prateek Sharma (USA) and Professor Hisao Tajiri (Japan) discussed its use in Barrett’s esophagus and detection of early gastric cancer, respectively.

Dr Nalin Guda (USA) spoke on the roles of genetics and of EUS in screening for pancreatic cancer in high risk individuals.  The classification of polyps in daily practice, using the NBI International Colorectal Endoscopic (NICE) and the Japan NBI Expert Team (JNET) systems, was considered by Professor Shinji Tanaka (Japan).

In a wider setting, Dr Jonathan Cohen (USA) discussed the application of cutting-edge technology to all endoscopic procedures and, finally, Dr Jean-Francois Rey (France), WEO President, gave a talk on The Future of Diagnosis: Artificial Intelligence vs. Medical Expertise.

The session was well attended, with an excellent and fruitful discussion after the talks. We hope to continue this collaboration and look forward to many such sessions in the future.