With the global aging population, growing pervasiveness of Westernized diets, rising prevalence and incidence rates of obesity, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, there has never been a more urgent time to advance the eld of gastroenterology. Researchers, physicians, and engineers have been working recently more than ever to improve quality of care, develop innovative technologies, and reduce risk in the treatment of GI diseases. The increasingly necessary and fascinating work that is being done to advance the treatment of GI diseases was showcased in May at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference held in Chicago, which I was fortunate enough to attend. Here are a few highlights that capture the future of digestive health.

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