‘Reaching for the Stars’ at the AGW Conference

The theme of this year’s Gastroenterological Society of Australia AGW conference was ‘Reaching For The Stars: Constellation of Experts’ and aimed to bring together the best in hepatology and gastroenterology research, care, and practice. The program highlighted AGW’s focus on novel and cutting-edge discoveries in GI and liver health, and pleasingly, this year’s program had a strong emphasis on nutrition, one of the CRE’s key priority and action areas.  

Professor Morrison and Dr Shanahan leading the workshop

Our CRE investigators, affiliates and advisory board had a great presence at Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW) last week, with contributions to research and clinical workshops, plenary and concurrent sessions. Of particular note,  Professor Mark Morrison co-chaired the AGW Research Workshop, alongside Dr Erin Shanahan. Internationally recognised researcher and bioinformatician Rob Knight gave the keynote presentation for this session where he gave an interesting overview of research to date surrounding the relationship between microbiome and human health. Another highlight session was the Inflammation-IBD session where Professor Simon Keely spoke about Models of Mucosal and Epithelial Healing in Models of Intestinal Injury and Colitis.

During the AGW conference session, Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley presented on ‘Tips & Tricks for Common Functional Gut Symptoms’ and Professor Morrison presented ‘Gut Microbiota And Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease’. ‘Meddling The Microbes in IBD’ was an extremely popular session at the conference, and was chaired by Professor Peter Gibson.

CRE Advisory Board member and ausEE CEO Sarah Gray and her team also represented at AGW, with a stall in the expo to share information about supporting people with eosinophilic diseases. CRE affiliated dietitians were also helping on the DECCAN stall to promote the clinical and research work of this network of dietitians who are actively working with Australia’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease community to improve patient care and outcomes.

Sarah and Bella from AusEE


Congratulations and thank you to all of our investigators and affiliates who contributed to the success of AGW 2023.