ESNM Newsletter - January 2022

Dear members of the ESNM,


On behalf of ESNM Steering Committee, we would like to take this occasion to wish you a very happy holiday season and a very happy new year. 

Due to the Covid-19 situation, times have been challenging for everyone and it is now very important to take some downtime to celebrate with your friends and families. 

Despite the difficulties over the last year, the Steering Committee of ESNM has remained very active. We have been able to participate in several important education programmes, including a webinar series in cooperation with our sponsor Bromatec. These webinars were very highly attractive, reaching audiences of over 1000 or more and with excellent feedback. Should you have missed them, please visit our youtube channel

For 2022, we are currently planning a new series of webinars as well as several educational activities including guidelines and consensus statements. A list of all the guidelines published in the last couple of years can be found on our website. We hope that they will provide you with the best practice guidelines in our speciality and would like to thank UEG for their continuing support and funding over the years. 

Our NeuroGASTRO 2021 Conference was very successful with a large attendance from around the world. We have heard some excellent lectures by internationally renowned experts and I am particularly pleased that a lot of trainees and young investigators actively participated in our meeting. We are now in the planning stages of the NeuroGASTRO 2023 Conference which will be held in Bucharest, Romania. Please mark your calendars for August 30th to September 2nd, 2023. We are working on putting together a very exciting programme. We are hoping to redefine the horizon in the field of Neuro-Gastroenterology. 

This year several long term members have unfortunately left the Steering Committee and we would like to thank Agata Mulak, Beate Niesler, Frank Zerbib and Jan Tack for their time and hard work during their time with us! Newly joining our Steering Committee are Jean-Marc Sabaté, Ricard Farré, Jutta Keller and Marek Waluga. We are also very pleased to have two Early Career Young Investigators, Kristin Elfers, Chloé Melchior joining the members of our Steering Committee. 

The Steering Committee and I are very saddened by the news of the untimely death of our colleague and friend Radislav Novak. He was a rising star within our specially and was highly regarded by our community. In the short time, he was involved with our society, he has been extremely transformative and was involved in many different initiatives. His memory will live on and we will hope to honour him accordingly.

In the next year, we also would like to engage with our basic science colleagues even further and hope that our future educational programme and our conferences will be a reflection of the whole breadth of our speciality from translational to basic medicine.

Wishing you all the best for the new year,

With warm regards

Qasim Aziz 

ESNM President

Annual Meeting ASENEM, Spain 

With 150 attendees present, more than 100 virtual registered attendees and 19 national and international speakers, the 29th annual meeting of our affiliated spanish society has successfully accomplished the attendance expectations. The meeting was preceded by a postgraduate course on Neurogastroenterology and Motility addressed to Gastroenterology Trainees.

Graphic Abstract: Microbiota Research

CONSENSUS STATEMENTS: Standardised laboratory practices and reporting in microbiome research. Summary of three recent papers that comprise consensus statements for microbiota research by Sarah-Jane Leigh, Postdoctoral Researcher at APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland.


ESNM Guidelines 2021

Also in 2021, a number of guidelines have been developed and published. ESNM is very proud of its committee members and their great work. Please see the list of all published guidelines.


A video review of the Chicago Classification version 4.0
A short review by Matteo Ghisa of the Chicago Classification v4.0 (CCv4.0). An updated classification scheme for esophageal motility disorders using metrics from high-resolution manometry (HRM). Fifty-two diverse international experts separated into seven working subgroups utilized formal validated methodologies over two-years to develop CCv4.0.


IBS Days 2022

Outstanding speakers and innovative topics - be part of "IBS Days 2022". The next meeting stands under the motto "New insights for a better management of irritable bowel syndrome".

When? June 20- 22, 2022 

Where? Palazzo Re Enzo - Bologna, ltaly


UEG Week 2022

Mark your calendars for UEG’s first-ever hybrid congress, October 8 – 11, 2022! Enjoy the best of both worlds with in-person and virtual formats where UEG will deliver one event but allow two experiences. Registration opens March 29, 2022!

Abstract submission will be open February 28 – April 29, 2022.


GMFH 2022

Join the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) and American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) for the tenth edition of the Gut Microbiota for Health (GMFH) World Summit. This premier meeting will take place March 12-13, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (U.S.) and virtually. Registration is open by January 21, 2022.


Insights into Neurogastroenterology

It is imperative to improve disorders of the gut-brain iInteraction interest among young gastroenterologists in order to advance the field further and meet patients' needs for optimal clinical management. Centres of excellence network, undergraduate and postgraduate education are two of the keys to improve the attractiveness of neurogastroenterology. 

2022 will be the year to show more insights into our discipline. If you as a member of ESNM are interested to submit a video of your work in neurogastroenterology, we are looking forward to hearing from you via email to


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.


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 Disorder of the Gut-Brain Axis (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. 

Upcoming ESNM Educational and Endorsed Events

29th DGNM Annual Meeting, Germany 

Date: February 25-27, 2021

Registration: click here


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