ESGAR 2012

CASES-OF-THE-DAY
Different cases will be displayed each day from Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 2012 giving registrants the opportunity to take part in the quiz and check the results on the following day. The participant who solves the most cases will receive a diploma and will be announced in the ESGAR newsletter. The coordinator of the ESGAR 2012 Cases-of-the-Day competition is G. Morana, Treviso/IT


CLINICAL FILES: INTERACTIVE CASE DISCUSSION
An experienced moderator will present three themed and challenging cases, consisting of correlated imaging modalities to a radiology panel. Each case will be chosen to illustrate various diagnostic and therapeutic options available for the clinical management of the patient. The moderator will then lead a highly interactive discussion with an emphasis on audience participation. The aim of this innovative session is to stress the central role of clinical radiology in determining options for patient management.


FOUNDATION COURSE
This educational feature, which was successfully held during previous Annual Meetings, will be repeated with different topics at ESGAR 2012. As its name implies, the Foundation Course is intended to provide fundamental information regarding abdominal and gastrointestinal radiology for all registrants, ranging from trainees to senior radiologists. In the Foundation Course, gastrointestinal and abdominal radiological knowledge will be complemented with medical, surgical and pathologic information to provide a complete overview of gastrointestinal diseases and their management.


INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY: A PRACTICAL APPROACH
The feature introduced during ESGAR 2009 is designed to meet the increasing demand for abdominal and gastrointestinal intervention. Interventional radiology has always been an integral part of the annual ESGAR meeting, with workshops, lectures, scientific papers and posters. This new format within the existing scientific programme entitled, “Intervention – a practical approach”, aims to provide an interactive forum for classroom-type discussion. From Wednesday to Friday, a daily session led by three expert tutors will be devoted to practical issues in interventional radiology, from basic to advanced knowledge and skills. The purpose of this format is to encourage interaction between tutors and a small group of radiologists, and to allow ample time for discussion of useful tips and tricks.


LECTURE SESSIONS
All lecture sessions are dedicated to a special area of interest with defined lecture objectives to ensure integration and avoid overlap. Sessions are designed not only to describe modalities for imaging and therapy, but also to stress clinical relevance and outcomes. Discussion will be facilitated.
Joint Sessions
This feature was introduced in 2011 and will be repeated also for ESGAR 2012. 3 Lecture Sessions (2, 3 and 7) are held in cooperation with the ECCO (European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation), the BSGAR (British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology) and the ESUR (European Society of Urogenital Radiology).


LUNCH SYMPOSIA
From Tuesday to Friday at lunchtime, symposia will be held in collaboration with industrial companies and corporate partners. The subjects of these symposia will include a variety of “hot topics” concerning the ongoing development in some major fields of abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology.


POSTGRADUATE COURSE
“LUMINAL GASTROINTESTINAL IMAGING IN 2012: BEYOND BARIUM”
The Postgraduate Course takes place on the first day of the annual meeting. In 2012 this will cover state-of-the-art approaches to luminal gut imaging. We will discuss those areas where investigation has moved from barium fluoroscopy to cross-sectional techniques, with a specific focus on service redesign. We will also discuss those areas where fluoroscopy is still necessary; there will be multi-disciplinary sessions on bariatric patients and their imaging, and on functional disorders of the oesophagus. The multi-disciplinary aspect will continue onto surgical and oncological discussions around what radiological information to manage anal and rectal cancer. The day will close with two Horizon-Scanning lectures on the themes of MR-Imaging and abdominal intervention.


RESEARCH CENTRE
The Research Centre, successfully introduced at ESGAR 2008, is intended to illustrate and promote aspects of radiological research in the field of abdominal imaging in Europe. Research is performed with a variety of approaches and in many different settings, ranging from individual endeavours to large multi-centre trials, and from non-funded, own-account work to competitive large-value grants. The main goal of the Research Centre is to provide a discussion forum that allows successful academic radiologists to interact with more junior researchers at various stages of their career development, as well as offering networking opportunities for researchers with common interests. ESGAR aspires to improve the quality of research in abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology across Europe.
This year the Research Centre is broadly divided into a “basic” and a more “advanced” format. The basic session will introduce a new, highly-interactive format – in advance of the meeting we will ask junior researchers within ESGAR to identify the research topics and issues that most concern them and these will be addressed during the workshop by a panel of highly experienced researchers – the aim is to have a very interactive discussion on a flexible range of topics.
The advanced session will focus on imaging biomarkers for oncological research, with topics on tumour biology, evaluating angiogenesis and assessment of treatment response.


SCIENTIFIC EXHIBITS – Electronic Poster Exhibition
All scientific and educational exhibits (posters) at ESGAR 2012 will be displayed in Electronic Poster format. The Electronic Poster System allows registrants to submit their exhibits online, to view them in the conference centre and send selected material to participants’ individual e-mail addresses for easy referencing. The uploading and displaying of media files, such as images, tables and graphs and also the inclusion of video clips, PowerPoint slides, Flash or Director Shockwave animations in the presentation is possible as well.
Following successful submission and acceptance of an abstract, the author will receive detailed information and deadlines for uploading the scientific material into the Electronic Poster database. The scientific and educational posters displayed at ESGAR 2012 in the Electronic Poster Exhibition will be included in the permanent ESGAR/ECR online poster database after the meeting (subject to authors’ confirmation).


SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS
Researchers will present original proffered papers on new and original aspects of abdominal imaging and intervention. Selected papers will be gathered into sessions, each dealing with a homogenous topic. Time for discussion between researchers and attendees will be available after each presentation (Please refer to “Abstract submission” on one of the following pages).


WORKSHOPS
ESGAR 2012 continues a project to enhance the educational impact of workshops. Throughout the meeting, different workshops will be offered to the registrants. Parallel workshops will be delivered in the traditional format early in the morning, but this year there will be additional workshops in the late morning and/or afternoon. When registering for the meeting, please do not forget to also choose the workshop you wish to attend. Places in workshops will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

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PRESIDENT
F. Caseiro-Alves (Coimbra/PT)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
L. Martí-Bonmatí (Valencia/ES)

VICE PRESIDENT
C. Matos (Brussels/BE)

SECRETARY
S. Jackson (Plymouth/UK)

TREASURER
A. Palkó (Szeged/HU)

PAST PRESIDENT and PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Y. Menu (Paris/FR)

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE
P. Prassopoulos (Alexandroupolis/GR)

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
H. Fenlon (Dublin/IE)

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
R.G.H. Beets-Tan (Maastrich/NL)

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE
A. Laghi (Latina/IT)

MEETING PRESIDENT
S. Halligan (London/UK)

PRE-MEETING PRESIDENT
C. Ayuso (Barcelona/ES)

PRE-PRE-MEETING PRESIDENT
G. Mostbeck (Vienna/AT)

FELLOWS REPRESENTATIVE
T. Helmberger (Munich/DE)


MEETING PRESIDENT

Prof. Steve Halligan
University College Hospital
Level 2 Podium
University College London
235 Euston Road
UK – NW1 2BU London, United Kingdom


LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

D. Breen, Southampton/UK
A. Guthrie, Leeds/UK
S. Jackson, Plymouth/UK
C. Kay, Bradford/UK
H.-U. Laasch, Manchester/UK
A. Lowe, Bradford/UK
D.F. Martin, Manchester/UK
A. Phillips, Bath/UK
A. Roberts, Cardiff/UK

12 Jun - 12 Jun 2012
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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