Canadian Digestive Diseases Week™ (CDDW™) is the annual scientific conference of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), held each winter (end of February/early March) at a Canadian venue.  The core conference program offers both clinical and basic science sessions, including the trademark events noted below.

Richard D McKenna Memorial Lecture

Named after the founder of the Association, this prestigious lecture features an international leader in the area.


Postgraduate Course: Advances in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Intended to bring clinicians up-to-date with advancements in selected areas.



Address a variety of basic and clinical science topics.


Breakfast with the Experts & Small Group Sessions

Offer interactive time with leaders in the field in a small group learning format.


Research Excellence & Young Investigator Award Lectures

Honours – respectively - an outstanding Canadian researcher, and basic or clinical science contributions to gastroenterology from a younger Association member (under 45 years of age or within seven years of first academic appointment).


Trainee Programs

Held directly prior to CDDW™, the Gastroenterology Residents-in-Training (GRIT) Course, the Scholars' Program and the Research Topics in GI Disease Meeting are invitation-only educational events for gastroenterology residents; medical students and PGY1 and PGY2 internal medicine residents; and, PhD and MD postdoctoral trainees engaged in gastrointestinal research, respectively.

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Future CDDW™ Dates

CDDW™ 2018: Feb 4 - Feb 14, Toronto
CDDW™ 2019: Feb 24-Mar 6, Banff
CDDW™ 2020: Feb 23 - Mar 4, Montreal
CDDW™ 2021: Feb 28 - Mar 10, Banff