ACG2015_logo_webNew research in the area of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) further advances understanding of the safety and effectiveness of FMT for Clostridium difficile, suggests gut microbiota changes may play a role in predicting treatment failure, and explores whether donor stool can impact an FMT recipient’s weight, are among the highlights of the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) 80th Annual Scientific Meeting,  held this week in Honolulu. More than 4,000 gastroenterologists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world convened at the Hawaii Convention Center to review and present the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases and clinical practice management.


John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG

“This year is the best ever in terms of the quality of the science being presented, as well as depth and breadth of the educational sessions,” said John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Educational Affairs Committee, Director of Endoscopy, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

“The abstract selection process was an extremely competitive process this year with 2524 abstracts submitted. There will be 67 presented as oral papers including the 10 top studies at the Presidential Plenary Session on Monday, October 19th. All of the posters of distinction are outstanding and worthy of oral presentations if there was enough time. There are also a great many outstanding clinical vignettes this year,” noted Dr. Saltzman.

New for ACG 2015, the College offers a series of pre-recorded video press briefings which feature the insights of leading gastroenterology experts and the authors of several key abstracts that will be unveiled in Honolulu relating to FMT, constipation, obesity and metabolic syndrome. 

In separate video briefings, Dr. Saltzman offers an overview of the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting, with highlights of must-see sessions and presentations, while Jordan Karlitz, MD, of Tulane University and ACG Public Relations Committee Chair, shares in abstracts, science and trends.

All of the press briefings are available for instant access on the new ACG Blog along with additional ACG 2015 abstract highlights that include author insights on notable clinical research.

Access Video Press Briefings that Include Expert Commentary, Author Insight and Abstracts

  •  ACG 2015 Highlights – Overview of Key Sessions, Science and Trends

John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Educational Affairs Committee Watch the briefing

Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, Chair, ACG Public Relations – Overview of Key Abstracts Watch the briefing


  • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT): Beyond the “Ick” Factor – Predictors and Outcomes of Failure, Delivery Options, Stool Banks and Can FMT Really Make You Fat? Watch the briefing


  • Let’s Talk Constipation: GI Complications in the ‘Young and the Poopless’; Importance of Screening Constipated Patients for Depression; Patient Dissatisfaction with Treatment Options; and Necessity of Evidence-Based Dietary Interventions for Symptom Relief Watch the briefing


  • Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: A GI Reality Check Increasing Healthcare Burdens; Impact of Obesity in GI Bleeding Mortality; Prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease even after bariatric surgery and absence of metabolic syndrome; Older age and Hispanic Ethnicity linked to Significantly Higher Risk of Metabolic Syndrome; Severe Obesity as Predictor of Adverse Outcomes in Acute Pancreatitis. Watch the briefing


Helpful Links

ACG 2015 Media Guide

Access Key Science and Author Insights by Category

Search for Abstracts, Find Sessions, Build Your Itinerary

ACG 2015 Press Releases