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About ACG

The American College of Gastroenterology is a recognized leader in educating GI professionals and the general public about digestive disorders. Our mission 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. To learn more about ACG, visit our website at

About WGO

Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of over 100 Member Societies and 4 regional associations of gastroenterology, hepatology, and other related disciplines representing more than 50,000 individual members worldwide, focusing on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale. The WGO Foundation, incorporated in 2007, is dedicated to raising funds to support WGO educational programs and activities. To learn more about the WGO, visit their website,

Press Credentials

Members of the working press are welcome at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 and all scientific and poster sessions are open including plenary sessions, symposia, research and clinical forums, and postgraduate courses. Registration is free.

To register for press credentials, call the ACG Office at 301-263-9000.

Press Badges

Press badges will be distributed on site in the WCOG at ACG2017 Press Room. A press badge must be worn to gain access to all sessions, the exhibit floor and the Press Room. Only journalists who have presented press credentials will receive a press badge. Clips, a business card or letter of assignment on media outlet letterhead can serve as credentials. If you have not registered for press credentials in advance, bring credentials with you to the meeting. Please direct any questions regarding registration to:

ACG Media Staff
American College of Gastroenterology
6400 Goldsboro Road, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20817
Phone: 301-263-9000

Embargo Policy

All research presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017 is strictly embargoed until 8:00 am EDT on the first day of the Annual Meeting. For 2017, this is Monday, October 16 at 8:00 am EDT.

The embargo policy means that no news, information, results of any abstract or research finding can be released to the media or published before Monday, October 16 at 8:00 am EDT.

This embargo includes revealing anything about the results (including the title of the abstract—since often times the title indicates the finding) in a press release—or “curtain raiser.”

If you have a question, please email


Exhibitors, attendees, guests and media are strictly prohibited from taking still photography or video of the Exhibit Hall or any educational session or event of the meeting for publication, re-broadcast, or placement on a non-ACG and/or non-WGO website or print publication without prior permission from the ACG and WGO. For more information about photography or video at the meeting, email ACG VP of Meetings & Exhibitions Elaine McCubbin at

Expert Availability, Press Briefings and Press Releases

Check for updates in Fall 2017. Follow ACG news by visiting the ACG Blog at

Media Guidelines for Exhibitors

Exhibitors are welcome to provide press materials for display in a designated exhibitor area of the WCOG at ACG2017 Press Room subject to the following guidelines:

  1. All Exhibitor press materials must be on letterhead from the sponsoring company or organization and inside a folder clearly identified as from the company or organization.
  2. While prior approval of Exhibitor press materials is not required, Exhibitor press materials should not be written in such a way that a reader might mistake the source as ACG or WGO. All Exhibitor releases displayed in the WCOG at ACG2017 Press Room should make absolutely clear the source of the release, and while they may convey that the information was presented at WCOG at ACG2017 , in no way should the release imply that ACG or WGO endorses a particular study or supports the conclusions drawn in any Exhibitor press materials. ACG and the WGO reserve the right to remove from the Press Room any Exhibitor press materials in violation of this guideline.
  3. Exhibitors releasing information to the media based on research presented at WCOG at ACG2017 or events at WCOG at ACG2017 should honor the WCOG at ACG2017 embargo.

Outside Press Conferences

Press conferences at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017 sponsored by exhibitors or groups other than ACG/WGO are outside press conferences. The ACG/WGO requests that no group schedule a press conference at the same time as any WCOG at ACG2017-sponsored Media Briefings. Groups holding outside press conferences are responsible for securing their own space, but are welcome to coordinate with the ACG VP of Meetings and Exhibitions Elaine McCubbin to try to identify an appropriate venue. As a courtesy, please notify the ACG/WGO of plans to hold a press conference at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 by either calling the ACG Office at 301-263-9000 or by emailing

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