Annual Meeting German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (DGNM)

60 participants from different disciplines joined the 30th annual meeting of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (DGNM), which took place at the Diakonieverein Zehlendorf in Berlin from March 3 to 5, 2023.

During the 30th annual meeting, 36 talks were given in nine sessions. These were dedicated to basic and translational science (Basic: inflammation and stress, motility and ENS. Translational: models, diagnostics, treatment) and clinical science (pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment of gastrointestinal motor disorders and disorders of the brain gut axis) and were mainly given by youngsters who reported on their ongoing projects.

Further important topics of the meeting were the gut microbiome including therapeutic aspects (covered in a lunch symposium) and presentations from the winners of the Research Prize Neurogastroenterology 2022 on Context dependent activation of the central fear network in an interoceptive conditioning paradigm (A. Icenhour, Bochum) and on Intestinal epithelial stem cell modulation by neuronal messengers (M Middelhoff, München).

At the general assembly after dinner on Saturday evening, members of the society were updated on the activities of the national and international societies. In particular, upcoming courses initiated and/or supported by the DGNM and important timelines were presented, including the ESNM meeting in Bucharest and the TANDEM meeting, which will precede the congress. Both meetings were also advertised during the main programme. Furthermore, participants were informed on current and potential future opportunities to join ESNM-driven studies and guideline projects. Results of the working groups, which had been established in 2021, for the improvement of teaching (Robert Patejdl), young academics and digital future (Peter Neckel, Ekin Demir) of Neurogastroenterology were presented. Andreas Stengel, Robert Patejdl and Miriam Stengel were reelected as president, vice president and treasurer of the society, respectively. Jutta Keller was reelected as German representative for the ESNM Steering Committee.

Linus Schörner (Rostock/Göttingen), Sophia Mayr and Alina Sophia Sehnert (Hannover) were awarded with a Martin Wienbeck Travel Grant to attend this years NeuroGASTRO meeting in Bucharest.

Following another session with scientific presentations on Sunday morning, V. Andresen from Hamburg presented this year’s Lüderitz Lecture Care for patients with irritable bowel syndrome – an integrative approach. The meeting was concluded by a clinical session on application of endoscopic methods such as endoscopic confocal laser endomicroscopy and endoscopic tunnelling procedures for patients with neurogastroenterological diseases.

The next meeting will take place in Freising from Febuary 16th to 18th, 2023.

Jutta Keller, Department of Internal Medicine, Head of Day Clinic and Neurogastroenterolgy Laboratory, Israelitisches Krankenhaus, Hamburg, Germany

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