Newswise — Bethesda, MD (October 26, 2020) – More than 7,000 gastroenterologists and other health care professionals so far will convene virtually for the premier clinical gastroenterology event—the American College of Gastroenterology’s 85th Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course (Virtual ACG 2020)—to review the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases, and clinical practice management.

This year’s scientific presentations reveal significant findings and innovative technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive diseases and serious GI-related health issues, including data on early onset colorectal cancer (CRC), the use of telemedicine for outpatient care, GI symptoms of COVID-19, inflammatory bowel disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as irritable bowel syndrome.

  • What can patients younger than 45 do to reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected colorectal cancer screening rates?
  • Does spending time in nature improve the quality of life for patients with irritable bowel syndrome?
  • How do GI symptoms affect clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection?
  • Are women well represented in the GI profession and in organizations such as the ACG?
  • Can cannabis slow the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

These are some of the intriguing clinical questions answered in the Noteworthy Abstracts selected by the ACG Public Relations Committee, whose authors provide additional perspective on their findings and explain what the clinical science means for patients. Following the links below, reporters can explore these Noteworthy Abstracts and Author Insights and connect with these researchers for media stories.

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Explore ACG’s Press Room logistics, press releases, media advisories and links to author insights, commentary, and perspective on noteworthy clinical findings in gastroenterology and hepatology presented at the ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting.


Noteworthy Abstracts and Author Insights

Nominated by the ACG Public Relations Committee, this group of abstracts features scientific findings that are innovative, noteworthy for the lay reader, relevant to those who suffer from common GI problems, and which represent a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of GI diseases. The Committee aims to identify novel and thought-provoking abstracts which reinforce key public health messages, such as the importance of CRC screening, particularly for minority and at-risk populations, or which feature common GI problems in a new way.


Featured Lectures

Learn more about the featured lectures by renowned experts which will showcase innovative and challenging issues in clinical gastroenterology at ACG 2020.


Other News from ACG 2020

ACG Elects David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG 2020-2021 President

Dr. David A. Greenwald, a gastroenterologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, was elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Greenwald’s clinical and research interests include new technology, reprocessing and infection control in endoscopy, training, quality in endoscopy, sedation, patient preparation, GERD, colon cancer screening and prevention, and capsule endoscopy.

ACG Announces Sixth Annual SCOPY Awards

ACG’s Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

Navigating the ACG 2020 Abstracts

Final Program Book

Tip: Look at pages 14-17 of the Final Program Book for the Plenary Session Oral Papers. Look at pages 75-89 for the award-winning and Presidential Posters. ACG's Presidential Posters are highly meritorious projects selected by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee, and the College recognizes excellent clinical research by organ-system category as well as research by fellows-in-training.

Itinerary Planner

Tip: Search all of the abstracts on the ACG 2020 Itinerary Planner:


  • Global Search – Select the “Global Search” option in the menu. This search will pull any and every instance of an entered name or keyword(s).
  • Oral Papers – Use the “Courses/Sessions” option, select the “Keyword Search” option, and type the word “plenary” into the search bar. The search will pull in all of the oral abstracts.
  • Posters – Select the “Posters” option and search by Author, Title, Number, Organ System or Date.

About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of over 15,000 individuals from 86 countries. The College's vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients. The mission of the College is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention and treatment.

Visit the ACG Website Media & Press section for all news, featured research, and expert insights related to the Virtual ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course. Follow ACG on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and share your live updates using #ACG2020.

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