ESNM Newsletter - January 2020

Dear ESNM Member
Looking back on the past year makes me proud, great to see what the ESNM community has reached and experienced together! Many thanks to all those people who supported the development of ESNM to become this great Society. Below, a few achievements are listed:

  • NeuroGASTRO 2019 was held in beautiful Lisbon with an excellent scientific programme and participants from all around the globe enjoying this prosperous meeting
  • this meeting was again an indication of how our 17 affiliated societies are working successfully together to highlight ESNM as the number one European representation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility!
  • expansion of networking between young and experienced researchers and clinicians (TANDEM and Hands-on courses)
    and support of 10 endorsed events in the field of neurogastroenterology
  • our continuously growing participation in different committees in the UEG and cooperation with our partner societies around the world (ANMS, ANGMA, AGA) highlights the importance of our topics
  • ESNM sections (on education, gut microbiota and health media, meeting and research) have been very effective and contributed a lot to foster the development and visibility of the neurogastroenterology and motility in the field

ESNM is eagerly looking into a new year with great expectations, new scientific meetings (GMFH Summit in Spain, and FNM 2020 in Australia, hands on courses).

Certainly one of the most exciting aims in 2020 will be the election of the new president of ESNM. After eight extremely successful years it’s time for me to move on with new projects and to pass the baton to the next generation.

Giovanni Barbara, President ESNM

Time to pass the baton

Time is flying and our current president, Giovanni Barbara would like to head for new challenges.
We herewith would like to invite you to nominate a suitable colleague or personally apply for the position of ESNM President for a four year term starting Fall 2020 with possibility of re-election. The Steering Committee will propose the candidate to the General Assembly for final ratification.
You must submit your nomination via email to until Tuesday January 21, 2020.

New Initiative from NMO Journal

We are excited to share an exciting new initiative from Neurogastroenterology and Motility, which serves as the official journal for both the ESNM and ANMS. The journal will publish a set of guidelines papers, position statements and consensus documents every year in an initiative supported by the publisher. ESNM is inviting its members to submitting proposals for such papers. Submission is a competitive process and a pre-proposal needs to be submitted for their approval before being forwarded and reviewed by all the editors at the journal.

Congratulation Maxime Mahé UEG Rising Star 2020!
Congratulation to Maxime Mahé who was selected as one of ten UEG Rising Stars 2020! His application was supported by ESNM! He will give his Rising Star presentations at UEG Week Amsterdam 2020!

ESNM Guidelines on Functional Constipation in Adults

November 22, 2019 the ESNM Guidelines on functional constipation in adults has been published in Neurogastroenterology and Motility. These guidelines have been produced with the participation of different specialists across Europe involved in management of constipation.
The guideline provides evidence based practical algorithms for diagnosis and stepwise treatment of constipation in adults.
Implementation of the guideline should improve and harmonize management of constipation across different countries in Europe.
J. Serra, lead author

Click on the link to read full article

Could your pills be marking you ill?

Interesting comment from Ger Clarke and Niall Hyland (Irish Society of Gastroenterology Neurogastroenterology representative) on the topic of how medication interacts with the microbiome. A new study, presented at UEG, has revealed that 18 commonly used drug categories extensively affect the bacteria living in the gut. Eight different categories of drugs were also found to increase antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in study participants.

2nd Symposium of Probiotics in Digestive Medicine

From 22-24th November 2019 more than 240 medical professionals (gastroenterologists, digestive surgeons, neurologists oncologists and nutrition specialists), pharmacists and psychologists from all over Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina  participated in the second Symposium of Probiotics in digestive medicine organized by Goran Hauser, ESNM SC member, and supported by local (PharmaS, JGL, Abela) and international (Sandoz, Takeda, TEVA) companies. This event has been organised by Croatian Gastroenterology Society and Croatian Neurogastro&Motility Society and endorsed by ESNM.

Biennial NeurogastRO 2019 meeting Iasi, Rumania

Since 2005, the Romanian Society of Neurogastroenterology organizes biennial congresses under the name of NeurogastRO, with international participation. This year the NeurogastRO 2019 meeting was held in Iasi, between 7th and 9th of November. It reunited both leading experts and young investigators actively involved in digestive motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders from Romania and Europe. It was a good opportunity to interact together with the 20 international guest speakers and to exchange high-level experience.

SAGIM 2019 meeting Copenhagen, Denmark

The 32th anniversary meeting of Scandinavian Association of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (SAGIM) was held at Tivoli Hotel the 22th of November. Around 70 participants and business partners attended this year’s meeting.Hot topics in upper and lower neurogastroenterology and motility were presented by speakers from Scandinavia and Italy; Diagnostics in upper GI disorders; presented by Inger Bak Andersen, Khanh Do-Cong Pham and Niels Christian Bjerregaard. Giovanni Barbara and Maura Corsetti took us through the role of microbiotas in functional disorders...


With great pleasure we share the latest news: a GENIEUR symposium was held at the neuroGASTRO2019 in Lisbon. B. Niesler, Heidelberg (DE) reported on current collaborations within GENIEUR. Since 2016, 12 publications were generated. D. Dumitrascu from Cluj-Napoca (RO) initiated a new COST Action application European Network on cross-cultural differences in IBS. GENIEUR initiated UEG LINK Award Project ‘Help EU in IBS’, produced a GENIEUR lobbying clip, and started to raise funds for the research via the website


Don't miss the application deadline for upcoming UEG Classroom Courses!

Young Investigators Meeting (April 24-26): Basic research training for gastroenterology researchers. Application deadline January 24, 2020

Summer School (June 4-7): application closes February 14

Basic Science Courses: application closes March 6
- Gut microbiota: Relevance, analysis, modulation (June 10-12)
- Basic & translational research in motility & neurogastroenterology (June 24-26)
- Hot topics in experimental GI cancer (July 9-11)

UEG awards € 100,000 each year for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research.
Application deadline March 31, 2020

Positions in the Young Talent Group. Application deadline March 20, 2020

Upcoming ESNM Educational and Endorsed Events

Hands-on Course for Gastrointestinal Motility Training Course

Date: March 13-14, 2020, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Application Deadline January 1, 2020.
Click here for further information

2nd European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists
Challenges in clinical gastroenterology and hepatology
Date: May 8-10, 2020, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, Croatia

Click here for further information

Ascona III Meeting, Advances in Clinical Measurement Gastrointestinal Motility & Function

Organised by the International Working Group for Disorders of Gastrointestinal Motility & Function

July 12-17, 2020, Location Centro Stefano Franscini,  Monté Verita, Ascona, Switzerland

Click here for further information

GMFH Wold Summit 2020 Early Bird Deadline is Approaching

The 2020 program is particularly exciting with the intervention of outstanding international faculty. With plenary sessions and workshops dedicated to various aspects, including the dietary and non-dietary factors shaping the gut microbiome, the role of the gut microbiome in modulating the immune system, microbiome-drug interactions, the gut-brain axis, and fecal microbiota transplantation.

FNM 2020 Early Bird deadline approaching, late breaking abstract submission open!

FNM2020 will be the first meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology & Motility to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The meeting offers an exceptional chance to present latest research in neurogastroenterology and facilitate discussion and interaction with active researchers and clinical colleagues from Europe, Asia, Australasia and the America's.
Click here for detailed programme.

Click here for Early Bird registration

Click here for late breaking abstract submission, December 20, 2019 to February 21, 2020


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