Society News: Croatian Functional Bowel Diseases Group

Croatian Functional Bowel Diseases group was founded within the Croatian Society of Gastroenterology. The Croatian gastroenterology society has 546 regular and affiliated members and gathers all gastroenterologists, gastroenterology residents and other specialists involved in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology such as paediatricians, infectologists and surgeons from the whole country. The Croatian Society of Gastroenterology is a member of United European Gastroenterology and World Gastroenterology Organisation.

Initial group of 15 gastroenterologist founded CFBD and we elected prof. Dragan Jurčić, MD, PhD for president in 2015. General Assembly was held in September 201, when we elected vice-president, prof. Goran Hauser MD, PhD. Up to 62 gastroenterologists have now joined our group. During the last ESNM Steering Committee Meeting in Vienna 2016 we were accepted as affiliated society to ESNM and that was approved during the ESNM General Assembly.

From its beginnings we are dedicated to encourage excellence and advancement as well as to promote evidence based medicine and improve training and practice in the field of Neurogastroenterology and motility.  The members of the group strived to achieve high standards in this area.

Our aims are:

  • Increasing awareness about the functional disorders
  • Introducing national standards for diagnosis and treatment
  • Education of young gastroenterologist and scientist in the field

The group organises regular meetings twice a year, and several courses for gastroenterology residents and general practitioners.

The Society strongly supports international and interdisciplinary collaboration of its members and coordinates the arrangements for visiting the centres of clinical and research excellence especially for its young members. 

Goran Hauser - December 2016

Recent activity at the British Pharmacological Society’s flagship meeting, Pharmacology 2016

ESNM’s Irish representative, Dr. Niall Hyland was recently appointed Vice President - Meetings of the British Pharmacological Society and co-organised the symposium ‘The Long Reach of the Bowel: Translating Microbiome Science into Therapeutics for Systemic Human Diseases’ in London December 13th – 16th.

The topics included "Mining the human microbiome for bioactive small molecules", "Gastrointestinal hormonal responses on GPR119 activation in lean and diseased rodent models; "Bacterial signaling in the gut-brain axis"; "Renal and vascular sensory receptors that modify blood pressure control in response to changes in gut microbial metabolites" and "Engineered probiotics that reduce systemic ammonia levels in urea cycle disorder mice".

The symposium provided translational insights and a balanced view of the promise and challenges of microbiome hypothesis generation and testing, especially with respect to its metabolic role and presented the latest pharmacological tools and potential therapeutic approaches for drug discovery using bacteria.

Niall Hyland - December 2016

ESNM Review on the UEG Week 2016 in Vienna

It wasn´t the largest UEG week ever, but it was among the largest, with > 13.000 participants, nearly 2.500 attendants of the Postgraduate Course, more than 3.500 abstracts submitted and more than 2.100 abstracts presented, orally or as posters. And more than 300 were related to neurogastro topics: IBS, dyspepsia, pain, constipation, incontinence, microbiota, food (all fully searchable on the UEG website).

Nearly 600 invited lectures were recorded and are now visible online (visit myUEG at, and among them more than 130 with neurogastroenterological content. A few of "our" topical sessions sticked far out and received overall attention: A Therapy Update on Chronic Constipation, an Update on Functional Upper GI Symptoms, and a Session on Management of Severely Disturbed GI Functions; and Microbiota as topics everywhere.

We had proposed two Rising Stars the year before, and in fact three received the award: Mira M. Wouters, Belgium, Andreas Stengel, Germany and Edoardo Saravino, Italy. And of the 20 recipients of the National Scholar Awardees 2016, 3 had neurogastro topics: Sacha Sidani, Canada, Tonje Nesvik Hustoft, Norway, and Dilyara Safina, Russia: make sure they become members of ESNM, if they aren´t yet.

Finally with UEG week, our multi-lingual Gut Microbiota E-Learning Course (in English, Spanish and German) went online as "premium content" at the UEG Education platform to become a learning tool for all European gastroenterologists, and is CME accredited.

Paul Enck - December 2016

NeuroGASTRO 2017 website launched launched in December and outlines the key meeting themes which span basic, translational and clinical neurogastroenterology. Abstract submission as well as online Registration are open!

The meeting themes include;  Dietary Interventions Including Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics; Enteric Plasticity; Neurogastroenterology: Across the Lifespan; New Technologies in Clinical Neurogastroenterology; Biomarkers in Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Treatment of Visceral Pain – Lessons from Pancreatitis; Challenges in Severe Digestive Disorders; Stress and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders;  Enterochromaffin Cells, Endocrine Cells and Brush Border Cells: Role in signaling from the lumen; Food Allergies, Intolerances and FODMAPS. The themes will form the basis for plenary lectures, symposia, free oral sessions and posters over three days.

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SwissNGM Meeting GERD-Therapy: The «Gap» between PPIs and fundoplication

The Swiss Society of Neuro-Gastroenterology and Motiliy (SwissNGM) general assembly and working group meeting took place on Wednesday 7th of December, 2016, at the «Spital Tiefenau», Bern, Switzerland. Following the assembly was a scientific program hosted by Prof. Radu Tutuian (Spital Tiefenau) and PD Dr. Daniel Pohl (President SwissNGM), dedicated to the topic «GERD-Therapy: The «Gap» between PPIs and fundoplication».

The scientific lectures were supported and accredited by the SGG (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie) and endorsed by ESNM.

The program started with a inspiring talk by Prof. Philip Katz, Past President of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), about unmet needs in GERD therapy. It was followed by two talks about the Swiss experience with electrical stimulation of the lower esophageal sphincter (EndoStim®) and the LINX® System by PD Dr. Yves Borbély, Bern, and Prof. Thomas Frick, Zurich, respectively. The fourth talk was held by Dr. Luca Dughera, Italy, advocating his experience in non-ablative radiofrequency GERD treatment (Stretta®).

The presentations offered a «reallife» insight in the pros and cons of procedures in GERD-therapy and stimulated vivid discussion among participants, moderators and presenters.

Daniel Pohl – December 2016

Society News: British Society of Gastroenterology, Section on Neurogastroenterology

Prof. M. Camilleri receiving an award from Prof I. Forgacs (BSG president) for the Sir Arthur Hurst Memorial Lecture.

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Annual Meeting took place from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd June in Liverpool. The BSG now has in excess of 3,000 members and the conference was attended by 2,200 delegates. During the plenary session Professor Michael Camilleri (Mayo Clinic, USA) gave the the Sir Arthur Hurst Lecture entitled “Advances in the Management of Chronic Constipation and Diarrhoea.”

The Neurogastroenterology and motility section of the society organized a number of symposia over the course of the meeting. Other highlights included oral presentations on functional dyspepsia by Professor Nick Talley (University of Newcastle, Austrailia) and Professor Qasim Aziz (Wingate Institute, London, UK). The best oral abstract was awarded to Dr Genhanjali Amarasinghe (Wingate Insitute, London, UK) for her work on vagal nerve stimulation in oesophageal pain hypersensitivity. Other oral presentations included work on different mechanisms of disease in subtypes of IBS as demonstrated by MRI (Dr Ching Lam, Nottingham, UK), the efficacy of eluxadoline in treatment of IBS-D in clinically relevant subgroups (Dr Leonard S Dove, Allergan, USA) and the measurement of the effect of ispaghula on gut content and function using MRI (Dr Giles Major, Nottingham, UK).

Overall there were in excess of 30 neurogastroenterology posters presented with the best poster being awarded to Professor Chris Probert (University of Liverpool, UK) for his transitional work concerning the feasibility of studying volatile organic compounds in constipation in Parkinson’s disease.

The abstracts for the meeting are available via the Gut website.

The 2017 annual BSG meeting will take place from 19 – 22 June 2017 in Manchester, UK.

Adam Farmer - September 2016

Second ESNM-TSG Hands-on Motility Course for Trainees

The Second ESNM, Turkish Society of Gastroenterology and EgeUniversity Hands on Motility Course had been performed on 16- 17 of June, 2016 in Izmir Turkey.

The course was supported by UEG educational Grant and accredited by EACCME. In total 20 participants and four faculties attended from 11 countries.

The program covered different teaching formats such as small group teaching (5 participants each room and one faculty), hands-on training (each room had cases for demonstration), case based discussions (one half day dedicated for case discussions accompanied with live video clips from different classical or difficult cases).In addition to this each attendee had a computer and personal guidance by the faculty for the analysis of different tracings.

Oesophageal high-resolution manometry (normal and pathologic) and 24h pH / multichannel intraesophageal impedance monitoring, high resolution anorectal manometry and other investigations of continence function were shown by RaduTutuian, Francois Mion, Rami Sweiss and SerhatBor who also served also as course coordinator.

The first course was been performed in November 13-14, 2014 and completed with a big success. Feedbacks were very good; 4.9/5. In total 9 females and 11 males from 10 countries attended. Three more countries were added to the faculty list, which now reached 13 different countries.

Serhat Bor - October 2016

FNM 2016 in San Francisco Review

Prof. J. Wiley, President ANMS, plenary session.

The second federated neurogastroenterology and motility meeting took place from the 24-28th August at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. The scientific content of the meeting addressed a broad range of cutting edge research topics encompassing basic, translational and clinical aspects of neurogastroenterology and motility. There were multiple formats across the meeting including state of the art lectures and original scientific abstract presentations both in oral and poster format. There were in excess of 600 delegates present at the meeting.

The meeting began with two young investigator initiatives. Firstly, there was the Little Brain Big Brain (LBBB) meeting and secondly the Young Investigator Forum (YIF), with 15 young attendees from 8 different countries, who participated in a one on one mentoring programme with established leaders in the field.

The main meeting opened on Thursday 25th August with the Rome Symposium, which addressed the multidimensional clinical profile which aims to improve patient centered treatment.

The programme on Friday 26th August began with a breakfast symposium that evaluated treatment goals in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease which was followed by a plenary session focused upon the enteric neuropathies which was opened by Professor John Wiley, president of the ANMS. The highlight of this session was Professor Roberto di Giorgio’s (University of Bolonga, Italy) lecture concerning the clinical manifestations of neuronal dysfunction who described his institution’s initial experience with orthotopic liver transplantation for mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy (MNGIE).

The secondary plenary session was devoted to the application of stem cells technology in the potential treatment of enteric neuropathies. During the lunch break, there were over 170 poster presentations across a diverse array of clinical and basic science topics. Topics in the afternoon included sessions on the microbiome, clinical biomarkers, esophageal disorders and food intolerances which included a session on food intolerances during which Professor Magnus Simrén (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) gave an excellent state of the art lecture on the use of low FODMAPs interventions in IBS. The day finished with an evening symposium that discussed the novel mechanisms and management of abdominal pain in functional bowel disorders.

Saturday 27th August began with parallel sessions on emerging technologies, visceral nociception, paediatric functional disorders and eosinophilic esophagitis.  Over the lunch break in excess of 150 poster presentations were made. Afternoon sessions included the neuroimmunology of the gut brain axis, anorectal, gastric and intestinal disorders. Professor Fernando Azpiroz (University of Barcelona, Spain) gave an erudite lecture concerning the pathophysiology, diagnosis of gas, bloating and distension describing some excellent long term outcome data concerning EMG biofeedback.

Adam Farmer - October 2016

Highlights from Little Brain Big Brain 2016

The organizing committee of the 14th Little Brain Big Brain meeting is pleased to report on a highly successful meetingheld from August 22nd – 25th, 2016 on the campus of the University of California,Santa Cruz. The meeting preceded the 2nd Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility meeting in San Francisco, CA and included 30 young investigators from across the globe – 10 from the USA/Canada, 14 from Europe and 6 from Australia. The attendees were selected from a record number of applications by an external review panel of senior scientists and leaders in the field. Funding for the meeting was generously provided by ESNM, ANMS, ANGMA, a grant from NIH/NIDDK and a variety of industry sponsors.

The meeting was designed as a forum for young investigators to propose and discuss novel ideas in neurogastroenterology and metabolic disease. This structure provided a constructive learning environment where participants gained understanding of the breadth of research in the field. The meeting also served as an informal gathering for participants to meet peers and potential collaborators who have technological and intellectual tools unavailable in their own institutions. The overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants suggests that this meeting launched many fruitful collaborations and supports the careers of the next generation of leaders in neurogastroenterology.

The 14th Little Brain Big Brain organizing team: Jill Hoffman, PhD (UCLA), Guillaume de Lartigue, PhD (Yale), Arthur Beyder, MD, PhD (Mayo) & Jean-Eric Ghia, PhD (U of Manitoba) - October 2016

NeuroGASTRO 2017 presence at FNM in San Francisco

The recent Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Meeting (FNM) in San Francisco provided the springboard to launch and promote “NeuroGASTRO 2017” – the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility’s (ESNM) European meeting. NeuroGASTRO 2017 will run from August 24th- 26th and will be held at University College Cork (UCC) located near the heart of Cork city in Ireland and home to the APC Microbiome Institute. Founded in 1845, UCC is one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in Ireland. Situated on the banks of the River Lee, the university is just a five minute stroll from the city’s bustling business, shopping and entertainment districts. The university’s elegant combination of the old and the new will provide an inspiring and tranquil setting for NeuroGASTRO 2017, the centrepiece of which is the 19th century gothic quadrangle.

The first meeting of the NeuroGASTRO 2017 Scientific Committee took place at FNM and we look forward to the development of an exciting and comprehensive program for the meeting. Addressing basic, translational and clinical aspects of hot topics in neurogastroenterology, this stimulating content will be delivered across three days of plenary sessions, symposia and free presentations with further opportunity for lively debate during social events. Further information can be accessed at the meeting’s website,

The view from the 33rd floor of 100 Pine Street, home of the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco, provided an inspiring backdrop for an evening of drinks and Irish food to celebrate Cork hosting NeuroGASTRO 2017 and we were delighted to welcome colleagues, friends and representatives from the ESNM, the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and the Australasian NeuroGastroenterology and Motility Society (ANGMA). In particular, we would like to thank the Consul General - Philip Grant, Vice Consul - Colum Hatchell and Ms Jacqueline Keelan for their hospitality and Prof. Eamonn Quigley (Houston Methodist Hospital and APC Microbiome Institute) for providing a uniquely Irish and local perspective on the scientific and social charms of UCC and Cork. The Local Organisers would like to acknowledge the support of the Cork Convention Bureau, Failte Ireland – Business Tourism and Lori Ennis (ANMS).

The ESNM, Irish Society of Gastroenterology – Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section and APC Microbiome Institute look forward to welcoming you to Cork city in 2017!

Niall Hyland and Gerard Clarke - October 2016

Photo 1. Pictured (L to R) at the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco, Dr. Niall Hyland (APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork; Local Representative NeuroGASTRO 2017), Dr. Gerard Clarke (APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork; Local Representative NeuroGASTRO 2017), Mr. Colum Hatchell (Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland San Francisco) and Dr. Siobhain O’Mahony (APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork; Local Representative TANDEM).

FNM 2018 Amsterdam Outlook

In 2018, it will be ESNM’s turn to host the biannual Meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (FNM). The meeting, named FNM 2018, will be the third scientific meeting of the Federation. The first and second FNM meetings were held in Guangzhou (2014) and San Francisco (2016). Before the formation of the FNM, similar joint international neurogastroenterology and motility meetings were held biannually under the name “Joint International NGM Meeting”. The last of these was the 2014 meeting in Bologna, of which many of us have particularly good memories.

It has been decided that the FNM 2018 meeting will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from Wednesday August 29 - Saturday September 1, 2018.

The RAI convention center in Amsterdam has been selected as the venue. The RAI (pronounced as “rye” rather than as “ray”) is located within the city ring and can easily be reached by foot, tram, metro, train, taxi, Uber, and bicycle of course.

Participants can choose from hundreds of options for accommodation in Amsterdam, according to preference and budget. Airbnb is widespread. There are 7 hotels within 1 km from the RAI.

The meeting will include a Postgraduate Course on Gastrointestinal Motility (taking place on the 29th of August).

A committee composed of representatives from the three member societies of the FNM (ESNM, ANMS, ANMA) and the two associate member societies (ANGMA and SLNG) will gather in spring 2017 to develop the core scientific programme.

The Section on Neurogastroenterology and Motility of the Dutch Society of Gastroenterology, chaired by Arjan Bredenoord (Amsterdam), feels honoured to act as the local host of FNM 2018.

Arjan and I are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

André Smout – October 2016

New technologies 2016: to improve education and dissemination of research within neurogastroenterology

More than one-third of new patient referrals to secondary care gastroenterology clinic are ultimately diagnosed with a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGIDs). Moreover, FGIDs also form a substantial proportion of gastroenterology consultations in primary care. Resources from the UEG (, ESNM ( and Gut Microbiota for Health e-learning ( have contributed to improved learning and understanding of these disorders amongst both specialists and non-specialists alike.

For many busy practicing clinicians, and indeed academics, it can be an arduous task to keep up with recent developments in the literature. I would highlight two particularly useful portals in this regard. The Faculty of 1000 ( is composed of over 5,000 faculty members who recommend recent important articles across the varied fields of biomedicine as well as rating them and providing a short summary of the data therein.In my experience the Faculty of 1000 is useful for three main reasons. Firstly, for identifying key papers in areas within Neurogastroenterology. Secondly, for highlighting papers in journals that I don't normally read and finally providing confirmation by an another expert of a paper I have read, in order to provide a second opinion. The ESNM’s journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility have recently introduced monthly accompanying podcasts of featured articles chosen by the editors-in-chief. These podcasts take the form of an interview with the senior author in order to provide an accessible summary of their research. These podcasts are available both through the journal website ( and also through YouTube ( and iTunes.

 Adam Farmer – July 2016

Society News: Irish Society of Gastroenterology's NGM Special Interest Group

Neurogastroenterology and Motility Special Interest Group established within the Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG), the Society’s Winter Meeting was told in December.

The ISG has become an affiliate of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM). The Neurogastroenterology and Motility Special Interest Group is being led by (Chair) Dr Gerard Clarke (Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science & APC Microbiome Institute) and Dr Niall Hyland (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics & APC Microbiome Institute) at University College Cork (UCC).

In 2017, Ireland will host the European Society’s Neurogastroenterology and Motility European meeting, ‘NeuroGASTRO 2017’, at UCC. Further information on the Group’s activities and NeuroGASTRO 2017 will follow at future ISG National Meetings. In the meantime, we would encourage the ISG membership with an interest in this field to join this Special Interest Group when renewing their membership. ISG members who align themselves with the ISG’s Neurogastroenterology and Motility Special Interest Group will be offered membership benefits associated with ESNM including free access to the ESNM journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

Niall Hyland - July 2016

What's new in 2016: Bacterial cross-talk with intestinal cells

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the major depot of the key bioactive messenger serotonin (or 5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT), a monoamine that, together with related transporters and receptors, regulates a variety of digestive functions, including enteric motor and secretory reflexes. Enterochromaffin cells (ECs) are the main cell site (the other being, although to a lesser extent, enteric neurons) of 5-HT synthesis and storage throughout the GI mucosa (Gershon & Tack, Gastroenterology 2007). Despite the impressive acquisitions on 5-HT and related biological effects obtained in recent years, the critical aspects governing serotonin metabolism in the gut remain unclear.

A science break-through paper finally addressed this critical question (Yano et al., Cell 2015). Based on the mounting evidence that the gut microbiota / microbiome exerts an influential role on body homeostasis and that dysbiosis may contribute to various diseases (Arumugan et al., Nature 2011), Yano et al. used a wide array of technical approaches, including germ-free and conventionalized mice, knock out models and other techniques to show that indigenous spore-forming bacteria (Sp) from the mouse and human gut microbiota specifically influence 5-HT biosynthesis in ECs. The gut microbiota, via Sp, can evoke ECs to release 5-HT which affects a vast repertoire of effects, i.e. from gut physiology up to extradigestive functions, such as platelet aggregation.

The findings of Yano et al. provide unambiguous evidence indicating, for the first time, that indeed specific bacteria (i.e., spore-forming) have cross-talk with specific elements of the epithelial lining (i.e., ECs) and this interplay is key to digestive function and body homeostasis. Further study is eagerly awaited to support gut microbiota manipulation (i.e., via tryptophan hydroxylase engineered probiotics or newly designed non-absorbable antibiotics) in the clinical setting.

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New technologies 2016: May we improve the diagnosis of gastroparesis?

The diagnosis of gastroparesis is currently based on clinical symptoms and measurement of gastric emptying. The EndoFLIP® is a relative novel technique that was initially proposed to assess the distensibility of the esophago-gastric junction during distension using 8 cross-sectional areas assessed with impedance planimetry (McMahon et al. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007;292(1):G377-84). The group of Philadelphia evaluated pylorus distensibility in patients with gastroparesis using EndoFLIP® (Malik et al. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2015;  27:524-31). Postprandial fullness and early satiety were inversely correlated with pylorus cross sectional area, but not with distensibility. However, the correlation was weak and a wide range of values was observed. Further the group of Rouen compared pylorus distensibility in controls and in patients with gastroparesis (Gourcerol et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2015; 41: 360-7). Pylorus distensibility was significantly higher in controls than in patients with gastroparesis. A weak but significant correlation was observed between pylorus distensibility and symptoms and gastric emptying. Finally, pylorus dilation was performed in patients with low distensibility. Symptoms improvement was associated with increased pylorus distensibility in these patients.

Assessing pylorus distensibility using the EndoFLIP® might be useful to segregate patients with gastroparesis and orientate treatment. However, a wide range of values was observed among patients and the correlation between symptoms and distensibility was weak. Further studies are required to determine the yield of the method in the work up of patients with gastroparesis.

S. Roman - February 2016

Society News: Belgian Network on Gastrointestinal Regulatory Mechanisms

Belgium has a long-standing history of active research in neurogastroenterology and motility. This is embodied in the research community “Belgian Network on Gastrointestinal Regulatory Mechanisms” (, a research network supported by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO), and started 25 years ago under the dynamic leadership of Theo Peeters. The goal of the network is to facilitate collaboration between the different research groups involved and to contribute to the internalization of the scientific research carried out in the participating institutions. The participating Flemish institutions are the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID) at the University of Leuven, the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology at the University of Antwerp, the Laboratory of Experimental Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Antwerp, the Gastrointestinal Neuropharmacology Unit at the University of Ghent, the Comparative Physiology Unit at the University of Ghent and the Neurophysiology laboratory at the University of Brussels.

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Society News: The Israeli Group of Neurogastroenterology (IGN) 2001-2015

In Israel, being a gastroenterologist means that you have already completed your 4-5 yrs residency in Internal Medicine and then, another 2-3 yrs residency in Gastroenterology (board exams and licenses). Then, becoming a neurogastroenterologist is only a question of personal choice since there is no structured training program for this sub-sub-specialty of gastroenterology.

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What’s new in 2015? Diagnostic tools for upper GI function

In 2015 several diagnostic tools for upper GI function where evaluated and discovered like the pepsin detection in saliva (Peptest®), measuring mucosal impedance might be interesting to diagnose GERD, mucosal impedance might be evaluated during the 24-h pH-impedance monitoring, analyses of the Post-reflux Swallow-induced Peristaltic Wave Index and Nocturnal Baseline Impedance Parameters, the combination of impedance and high resolution manometry which might be useful for the diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders...

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Top 10 Abstracts on Neurogastroenterology from UEG Week 2015

The Steering Committee of ESNM has selected the abstracts from UEGWeek 2016 relating to neurogastroenterology and rated the top-10 best considering an even distribution on basic (b), translational (t) and clinical (c) abstracts. These are shown in rank order below.
We sincerely congratulate the authors and look forward to see the full publications and to follow their future research!

1. OP404 (c) Identification of a Gut Microbial Signature Linked to Severity of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
J. Tap, M. Derrien, L. Öhman, R. Brazeilles, S. Cools-Portier, J. Doré, B. Le Nevé, H. Törnblom, M. Simren
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2. OP056 (c) Diagnosis of Dyssynergic Defecation by Questionnaire and Physical Examination
G. Chiarioni, M. Ruffini, F. Cidoni, V. Ghidini, W.E. Whitehead
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3. P0444 (t) Double-Blind Randomised Controlled Trial of the Effect of Dietary Fermentable Carbohydrates on the Colon Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Supplementary Oligofructose Increases Colonic Volume but so Does the Low Fodmap Diet
G. Major, S. Krishnasamy, C. Mulvenna, S. Pritchard, C. Hoad, L. Marciani, M. Lomer, P. Gowland, R. Spiller, on behalf of the University of Nottingham GI MRI Research Group
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4. OP060 (c) Sacral Nerves Stimulation for Refractory Constipation: Preliminary Results of a Multicenter Randomized Cross-Over Double Blind Study
F. Zerbib, L. Siproudhis, P.-A. Lehur, C. Germain, F. Mion, A.-M. Leroi, B. Coffin, A. Le Sidaner, V. Vitton, C. Bouyssou-Cellier, G. Chene
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5. OP111 (t) Intestinal Microbiota in Patients with IBS – High Throughput Sequencing of the Mucosa and Luminal Microbiota
N. Maharshak, R. K. Tamar, A. Lundqvist, B. R. Sartor, I. M. Carroll, Y. Ringel
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6. OP162 (c) Bifidobacterium Longum NCC3001 Improves Drepssion and Reduces Brain Emotional Reactivity in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) : A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
M. I. Pinto-Sanchez, G. B. Hall, K. Ghajar, A. Nardelli, C. Bolino, C. Welsh, A. Rieder, J. Traynor, C. Gregory, J. Lau, A. C. Ford, G. E. Bergonzelli, M. Surette, S. Collins, P. Moayyedi, P. Bercik
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7. OP265 (b) LA-DQ8 Celiac Susceptibility Gene is Important in the Development of Behavioural and Motility Changes Associated with Gluten Sensitivity
M. Pigrau Pastor, G. DePalma, S. Sidani, P. Miranda, J. Lu, J. McCarville, E. F. Verdu, S. M. Collins, P. Bercik
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8. OP293 (t) OOD-Induced Dopamine Release in Extra-Striatal Regions of the Brain Reward System Predicts Food Intake in Healthy Humans
N. Weltens, L. Cool, J. Ceccarini, J. Tack, K. Van Laere, L. Van Oudenhove
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9. OP 304 (b) Enteric Neuropathy Impairs Expression of Alpha7 Nicotinic Receptor in Intestinal Mucosal Macrophages: Evidence for a Neuron-Macrophage Interplay to Modulate Gut Inflammation
L. Spagnol, P. Brun, M. Scarpa, M. Scarpa, G. C. Sturniolo, F. Galeazzi, I. Castagliuolo
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10. OP305 (t) Gut Microbiota Depletion Alters the Structure and Function of the Eneric Nervous System in Adolescent Mice
V. Caputi, I. Marsilio, F. Marinelli, V. Filpa, I. Lante, F. Galuppini, S. Dall'Acqua, P. Debetto, M. Rugge, G. Orso, C. Giaroni, M. C. Giron
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1st nEUROgastro Tandem Young Investigator Meeting

1st nEUROgastro Tandem Young Investigator Meeting was held June 1-3, 2015 in Koç University, Turkey. The aim was to bring together scientists with clinical and basic background and to produce a long-lasting collaboration within a European network, resulting in a scientific output.

The participants came from 13 different countries, and worked more than two months together to compose a research project. The final results were presented at the NeuroGASTRO 2015 in Istanbul.

To watch the interviews with the winners click here

World Digestive Health Day 2015

29 May 2015: World Digestive Health Day

Every year on May 29, patients and healthcare professionals around the globe mark World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) to show their respect for and raise awareness of the many patients who suffer from digestive disorders.

This year’s theme focuses on “Heartburn: A Global Challenge”. Chronic heartburn is often underestimated as a symptom for an underlying chronic condition: gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Although it affects 20% of Europeans, patients often do not know how to address this condition, although effective self-management measures and medication can often already help.

To this end, United European Gastroenterology (UEG), the European Society of Neurology and Motility (ESNM) and the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), who produced this video: 

About World Digestive Health Day

Launched in 2005 by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), the WDHD is held each year to raise awareness of different health issues related to the gastrointestinal tract. The theme for this year’s edition is “Heartburn: A Global Challenge”.


Society News: The Romanian Society of Neurogastroenterology 2005-2015

Gastroenterology developed in Romania as a specialty by itself, from the internal medicine, in the 60s of the 20th century, but the Romanian Society of Gastroenterology was found in 1958, thus being one of the 25 national societies founding the World Gastroenterology Organization.

Obviously, some of the gastroenterologists were impressed by the importance of the pathology linked to motility disorders or was simply unexplained. Hence, a group of interested physicians dedicated to the functional and motility disorders met in 2005 during an international meeting on neurogastroenterology in Brasov, in the center of Romania. It was a seminal meeting, largely supported by the Humboldt Foundation. Many specialists and their fellows met there, including participants from neighbour countries and keynote speakers were Douglas Drossman and Paul Enck. This was a moment when the awareness on functional disorders increased in this country and the need of a specialized society became obvious. Therefore, the Romanian Society of Neurogastroenterology  ( was created the same year, celebrating now its first decade. The society, was affiliated to ESNM since 2010. It organizes every second year meetings with international participation, called NeurogastRO and special sessions with international guests at the annual meetings of the Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This year, NeurogastRO 2015 is held 27-30 May in Cluj-Napoca, in association with the Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Clinical Investigation.

The main objectives of the society are: increasing the awareness on functional digestive disorders and on motility disorders, including their investigation and therapy, among clinicians and general practitioners; Topics related to this pathology in the training of students and residents (this policy was successful, as most students and doctors are now familiar with the management and therapy of these conditions); Stimulating research (an increasing number of papers is issued by the members of our society). Of course, progress is not easy and funding of research insufficient. However, as a group of enthusiasts, the Romanian Society of Neurogastroenterology has established its place in the Romanian gastroenterology and our members give frequently lectures in neighbor countries, where increasingly, emphasis is put on functional gastrointestinal disorders. We are confident that our activity will develop in the future.

Dan L. Dumitarscu

UEG Week, October 18-22, 2014, ACV Vienna, Austria

UEG Week 2014 - the largest and most prestigious GI meeting in Europe - is also the most hi-tech, with 11 simultaneous live streams to a global audience. And afterwards  all the content is available here online at UEG Education with our new 24/7 initiative.This page highlights the most recent recordings, and everything else can be found in the Library. Access is free for UEG Week attendees - simply login to your myUEG account for immediate online viewing. For non-attendees, instant access can be purchased online.

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Gut microbiota e-learning 2014: take the questionnaire!

The Gut Microbiota and Health initiative of the ESNM is pleased to provide a first set of e-learning slides on gut microbiota dedicated to gastroenterologists. It contains a selection of scientific information about the human gut microbiota.

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Society News August 2014: New highlights from neurogastroenterology, the Danish experience

Neurogastroenterology involves several aspects of the most emerging mechanisms behind gastrointestinal diseases. This has resulted in better understanding on basic mechanisms such as motility and assessment of peripheral nerves, but the development within areas such as electrophysiology also deserves commenting. The revolution in electrophysiology is mainly related to better computer speed and collaboration between different specialities such as neurophysiology and physics. In human research complex information captured by the electroencephalogram (EEG) has previously been reduced to quantitative measures of brain rhythmicity. However, the phasic stimuli may not reflect clinical pain characterized by hyperalgesia and allodynia. New methods such as source analysis and graph theory have made it possible to utilise the resting stage EEG to a higher degree, especially when it is made more specific such as during tonic pain. Recently, we used these methods to investigate the effect of analgesics on the brain. The figure shows how the dominant electrical brain sources can be calculated with a method called s-LORETA, which estimates the most probable generators of the resting EEG. Then we showed that neurons in several brain areas including inferior frontal gyrus and insula at frontal lobe oscillated more strongly after remifentanil infusion and that this was associated with a cognitive decline (1). The data was later subjected to graph theory, which decomposes the complex information captured by multichannel EEG into a few composite measures of the overall brain network performance and functionality. Correspondingly remifentanil disrupts the functional connectivity network properties of the EEG (2).

In neurogastroenterology investigators have previously been dependent on methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to explore the sensory system. Even though these methods give important information about the brain function they also have many limitations, among them the high costs, bad temporal resolution, less specificity for the neuronal activity and finally very limited possibilities for advanced and visceral stimulation. The above EEG methods will make it possible to use tonic stimulation, multimodal approaches and to sensitise the gut mucosa with e.g. acid or capsaicin - and in this way mimic clinical pain. As the resting EEG is not dependent on less physiologic phasic activation (such as evoked brain potentials), the methods may pave the road for a better understanding of gastrointestinal diseases and the effect of treatment.


1.       Khodayari-Rostamabad A, Graversen C, Malver LP, Kurita GP, Christrup LL, Sjøgren P, Drewes AM. Source Localization of Resting EEG after Remifentanil Infusion: A Novel Approach to Identify Cognitive Decline. Clin Neurophysiol 2014 in press.

2.       Khodayari-Rostamabad A, Olesen SS, Graversen C, Malver LP, Kurita GP, Christrup LL, Sjøgren P, Drewes AM. Disruption of cortical connectivity during remifentanil administration is associated with cognitive impairment but not with analgesia. Anesthesiol 2014 in press.

 by Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Scandinavian Association of Neurogastroenterology and Motility

Gut microbes, importance in health and disease

At the occasion of the World Digestive Health Day, on Thursday, May 29, the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) produced a short video on the importance of gut microbes in health and disease.

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UEG press release - in co-operation with ESNM

The cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains a mystery for many patients; however, recent studies suggest that in around one-third of sufferers, the syndrome may have been caused by an acute gastrointestinal (GI) infection. Professor Paul Enck from the University of Tübingen in Germany, speaking on behalf of United European Gastroenterology (UEG), says people who develop IBS after a gut infection can experience symptoms for many years. "For most people, getting a GI infection is unpleasant, but the symptoms are self-limiting and require little treatment," he explains. "However, for up to 30% of infected patients, the symptoms can persist for anything up to 10 years, and these patients are frequently diagnosed as having IBS. Given that Europeans experience an episode of GI infection on average once every 5 years, it's not surprising that the prevalence of IBS is so high."

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