ESNM Newsletter - April 2021

VIRTUAL NeuroGASTRO September 2-4, 2021
Due to the global corona pandemic and its unprecedented challenges, we are forced to adapt and make changes, therefore this year’s biennial NeuroGASTRO Meeting will be virtual. September 2nd to 4th, 2021, we deliver state of the art topics in the field to your smartphone, tablet or personal computer; you can attend from everywhere!
Be sure that the Scientific Committee will provide an outstanding program with presentations given by leaders and experts in the field of Neurogastroenterology and Motility including our committed corporate partners, with industry symposia and more.


Webinar Series - Microbiota and Gut-Brain Connection: A new Frontier in Neurogastroenterology

First webinar: Tuesday April 20th 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Moderator: Prof. Paola Rossi, University of Pavia, Italy
8.30 pm – 9.15 pm Advances in Human Microbiome Science: Gut–Brain Connection – T. Dinan
9.15 pm – 10.00 pm Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) or Disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI) – G. Barbara
10.00 pm – 10.10 pm Interval Sponsor Presentation
10.10 pm – 10.30 pm Concluding questions and remarks
Click here for registration


Video „ESNM inside“ – interviews with our experts, this time Asbjørn Mohr Drewes
Talking about Neurogastroenterology & Motility – our new format „ESNM inside“ gives insights into a somewhat underestimated discipline. Watch our first video with Professor Asbjørn Mohr Drewes from Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark. The video was instructed by Radislav Nanok, Bulgaria and Anne-Marie Wegeberg, Denmark

Watch the video on our YouTube channel!


Survey: Differences in IBS Care and Training across Europe (DICE Study)
Differences in IBS Care and Training across Europe (DICE Study), supported by ESNM, aims to explore the variations in IBS training and management across Europe. We believe that this way, we will find the gaps in IBS education, which will help improve IBS management and make progress of education in this sector of gastroenterology.
The survey has 5 sections: Demographics, IBS Training, IBS Diagnosis, IBS Management and Organization. It normally takes 6-7 minutes to complete the survey. The target group is all gastroenterologists, practicing in Europe. The survey is anonymous. Please, help us by completing the study and by promoting it among your colleagues and networks.

New International Questionnaire Study: looking for participants
Last year Prof. Jan Tack and Prof. Kok Ann Gwee jointly initiated a multicenter study entitled AEGIS (Asian European GastroIntestinal Symptoms). In 2018, both research groups have published contradictory results regarding symptom clusters in patients with a DGBI. Now, they started investigating where the differences in results come from.
Is it the difference in lifestyle in Eastern and Western countries?
Is it the difference in the questionnaire that was used in both studies (Rome IV and the Enhanced Asian Rome III questionnaire (EAR3Q))?

Click here for contact details. 

Genetic research in functional dyspepsia: The FunDysGWAS study: looking for participants
A heritable component of functional dyspepsia (FD) has been demonstrated in cohorts of patients and community-based studies. However, genetic studies of FD have thus far been very scarce and mostly limited to candidate genes in small sample sets of cases and controls, hence no unequivocal FD risk locus has been proposed. Opposite to most human complex diseases, powered large-scale gene-hunting efforts and hypothesis-free genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been completely lacking in FD, which represents some sort of “neglected disorder” in terms of genetic research.


Apply to be a nEUROgastro TANDEM Young Investigator!
As Europe is growing together, new doors are opening for young investigators. Setting international collaborations, elaborating common projects and team work are the basis to make good science. The nEUROgastro TANDEM meeting is a novel format of independent young investigator meeting focused on these topics. This highly competitive meeting is addressing European scientists with clinical and basic background. The meeting’s leitmotif is translational research: connect basic science to clinical expertise.

BgSNM new ESNM affiliated society

Bulgarian Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (BgSNM) is the newest affiliated society of ESNM. BgSNM was founded at the Bulgarian Congress of Gastroenterology in May 2019. There was an immense need to form such a group that unites the Bulgarian gastroenterologists interested in Neurogastroenterology and Motility. The Society forming members are mainly consultants and residents in Gastroenterology who organized the first national population-based study for functional gastrointestinal disorders prevalence.

Annual Meeting: SAGIM

The 33th anniversary meeting of Scandinavian Association of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (SAGIM) was held at Tivoli Hotel the 27th of November. The pandemic changed the traditional structure of the meeting. Our international guests were prevented from participation and only Danish sponsors and participants attended this year’s meeting. IDespite the COVID restrictions approximately 50 participants, speakers and business partners made the meeting a success and the inspiring event was hosted with financial help form our sponsors; Atnahs, SynMed and Tillotts Pharma.

Annual Meeting: DGNM

Sixty-three participants from different disciplines joined the 28th annual meeting of the German Society of Neurogastronenterology and Motility (DGNM) from March 6th to 7th, 2021. Because of ongoing restrictions due to the SARS-COV2 pandemic, the meeting took place online.  
During the 28th anniversary meeting, 31 talks were given in eight sessions. These were dedicated to basic and translational science (Translational: secretion, inflammation, nutrition, gut-brain-axis / Translational: inflammation, ENS / Basic: ENS, visceral hypersensitivity / Translational: pancreas, IBD, inflammation / Clinical and Basic: Motility, IBS, Hirschsprung’s disease) and clinical science (motor disorders and functional GI diseases, nutrition, microbiome).

Human Small Bowel Motility Workshop – Nottingham University – November 19th 2020

The workshop was run as online event and it was well attended with 120 participants. The workshop was well received both for the topic, the selection of speakers and the organization including the lack of technical issues. The attendees made clear they would welcome another workshop on the same topic or on similar controversial topics of colonic motility. The feedback on different sessions were all really good ranging from average of 4.4 to 4.7 on a 5 points scale. The choice of a critical review lecture and lectures on pharmaceutical prospectives was appreciated.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Gastrointestinal Motility: Testing in Asia and Europe

The pandemic of COVID-19 has the impact on many aspects of our life. The pandemic begun in Asia, however the infection and mortality rates are higher in European than Asian countries. The study aimed to conduct a survey on the effects of COVID-19 on the capacity to perform gastrointestinal motility tests in Asian compared with European countries. The study has showed that the infection/mortality rates of COVID-19 and the Stringency Index had a more significant impact on the testing capacity of catheter-based pH monitoring and oesophageal manometry than for wireless-pH testing, anorectal manometry and breath tests Click on the link to read full

"Spilling out Guts": Newsletters from the Editors of NGM
In these monthly newsletters, the editors will highlight exciting current and upcoming articles in Neurogastroenterology and Motility and celebrate our past successes. The Editor’s Choice articles are free downloads for one month. We encourage your feedback and suggestions, as we continually strive to grow and improve the journal. To register for the editor's newsletter please click here

Upcoming ESNM Educational and Endorsed Events

2nd London Neurogastroenterology Course 2021

Date: July 5-7, 2021

Registration: click here

Microbiota and Gut-Brain Connection: a new Frontier in Neurogastroenterology

international webinar series

Dates: April 20, May 18, June 8, June 15, 2021

for further information click here

Abstract Submission for UEG Week is Open

Step onto the global stage and let your science speak for itself by submitting your abstract to UEG Week Virtual 2021. The Scientific Committee, as well as the tens of thousands within our community are eagerly waiting to see what you’ve discovered. UEG prides itself on being a multidisciplinary, multinational organisation that brings great gastroenterology together. Your abstracts are what help UEG to continue to achieve this goal. Submission deadline April 30, 2021!

Chicago Classification Version 4 Launch April 13-14, 2021

Recent years have seen important developments in the technology available for clinical investigation of swallowing disorders and gastro-esophagal reflux disease (GERD). The Chicago Classification version 4.0, published January 2021, represents a major revision to this well-established diagnostic system for esophageal motility disorders. Key updates revolve around a more rigorous and expansive protocol that incorporates different positions with provocative testing to increase the accuracy of diagnostic investigations. The Lyon Classification v1.0, published 2018, utilizing many of the same principles to establish a conclusive diagnosis of GERD based on endoscopy, pH-impedance monitoring and HRM findings.

FNM April 14-17, 2021 Virtual

To address this situation, we are presently developing a new, purpose-built virtual conference portal, which will run in parallel with the live, face-to-face conference. The virtual conference portal will feature videos of lectures, posters and poster presentations, as well as a range of other interactive features. The portal has been custom designed to meet the needs of our conference community, and we look forward to sharing more information about this with you in the near future.


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