New Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 85th Annual Scientific Meeting

Featured science includes GI manifestations of COVID-19, risk factors for early onset colorectal cancer, pros and cons of using telemedicine for outpatient care, effects of cannabis on patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and obesity, and the representation of women in GI.
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

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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Newswise: Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health
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Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped more than half a year of our lives, canceling plans, upending livelihoods and causing feelings of grief, stress and anxiety. And Cedars-Sinai mental health experts say the pandemic could be shaping our mental health well into the future.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 12:45 PM EST
SARS-CoV-2 mutations do not appear to increase transmissibility
University College London

None of the mutations currently documented in the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to increase its transmissibility in humans, according to a study led by UCL researchers.

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COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested preclinically at UAB nears first clinical test in people
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Maryland-based Altimmune Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has submitted an Investigational New Drug, or IND, application to the United States Food and Drug Administration to commence a Phase 1 clinical study of its single-dose intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID.

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BIDMC researchers reveal how genetic variations are linked to COVID-19 disease severity
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New research BIDMC-led sheds light on the genetic risk factors that make individuals more or less susceptible to severe COVID-19.

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Young people's anxiety levels doubled during first COVID-19 lockdown, says study
University of Bristol

The number of young people with anxiety doubled from 13 per cent to 24 per cent, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown 1, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

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Tracking COVID-19 trends in hard-hit states
Louisiana State University

Currently, there are over 10 million confirmed cases and more than 240,000 casualties attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S.

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More Health Systems Join National #MaskUp Campaign
Cleveland Clinic

Many more health systems are joining the national #MaskUp campaign encouraging Americans to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following safety guidelines. Over just a few days, another 19 health systems with hundreds of hospitals united with 100 health systems nationwide with hospitals numbering in the thousands. The public service campaign is critical to the health and well-being of all Americans. It is a plea from healthcare professionals everywhere: wear a mask and follow other precautions to save lives and help get our country back on its feet.

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Warwick scientists design model to predict cellular drug targets against Covid-19
University of Warwick

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