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  • 30 Aug 2021 6:21 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As part of our ISDE 40th Anniversary celebration, you’ll read in upcoming months about each of the ISDE Congresses. This article summarizes the 15th and 16th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 15th ISDE World Congress was held in Singapore in 2016 (Figure 1) in close conjunction with the Formula 1 autoracing competition (Figure 2). This overlap in events attracted a number of registrants who came for the F-1 race and stayed for the Congress. This was the ISDE’s first meeting in East Asia outside of Japan, and was hailed as a big success. The Congress was presided over by the ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang (Figure 3). The city provided a very relaxed multicultural experience, as exemplified by the Congress Dinner venue in the Singapore Gardens (Figure 4). Casual exploration of the wide variety of foods and cultures was a frequent pastime of attendees (Figures 5A, 5B).

    The 16th ISDE World Congress took place in Vienna, Austria, in September 2018, with a notable opening ceremony featuring local classical music and dancing (Figure 6), and the venue was the University of Vienna (Figure 7), a venerated institution famous for graduates such as Freud, Mahler, Gödel, Paracelsus, and Schrödinger. The ISDE President was Professor Yuko Kitagawa (Figure 8). The attendance was the largest recorded for an ISDE World Congress (Figure 9), the scientific program was diverse and interesting, and the weather was excellent, permitting outdoor display of the scientific posters (Figure 10). The venue for the gala dinner featured the spectacular Vienna City Hall (Figure 11).

    Figure 1. Singapore skyline.

    Figure 2. Formula 1 race in Singapore in 2016.

    Figure 3. ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang, opening the 15th World Congress.

    Figure 4. Singapore Gardens.

    Figures 5A and 5B. Trying out ethnic cuisine, including Singapore chili crab.

    Figure 6. Opening ceremony for the 16th World Congress in Vienna, Austria.

    Figure 7. University of Vienna, site of the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 8. Professor Kitagawa, ISDE President during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 9. Networking during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 10. Poster viewing during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 11. The gala dinner in Vienna City Hall.


  • 26 Aug 2021 10:37 AM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Check out Virtual NeuroGastro 2021, an industry event that may be of interest to you.

    This year’s biennial NeuroGASTRO Meeting will take place in virtual fashion for the very first time. Between September 2nd to 4th, 2021, they will deliver topics such as:

    • State of the Art - Basic Science - Models of Visceral Pain, Beverly Greenwood-Van Meerveld, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA
    • Gastroparesis guidelines, Jan Tack, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
    • The first 10 years of the Chicago Classification, John Pandolfino, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA

    For the programme and registration details, click here.

  • 19 Aug 2021 12:25 PM | Anonymous



    The approach to managing achalasia has been streamlined, but management of non-achalasia motility disorders remains challenging. The ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) hosted a virtual presentation focused on the evaluation and management of non-achalasia motility disorders moderated by Michael Vaezi, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA.

    During this 60-minute presentation panelists discussed opioid induced esophageal dysfunction, non-achalasia spastic disorders (jackhammer, distal esophageal spasm), and hypomotility disorders (ineffective esophageal motility and esophageal aperistalsis).


    Opioid induced esophageal dysfunction


    Medical and surgical management of non-achalasia motility

    The ISDE wishes to sincerely thank the following individuals for their contributions to this presentation:

    • Michael Vaezi, Clinical Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
    • Dhyanesh (Dan) Patel, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
    • Arjan Bredenoord, Professor, Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands

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    Checkout other presentations on the Achalasia Playlist

    Learn more and network with others around the world at the upcoming 17th ISDE Virtual World Congress for Esophageal Diseases from September 27-30, 2021.

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  • 12 Aug 2021 1:46 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    Welcome to our new Associate Editor for Social Media, Dr. Jessie Elliott. Jessie is a young, brilliant researcher at Trinity College and the Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and she chairs the Young Investigator Group of the European Society of Esophageal Diseases. She will be responsible for expanding our journal's visibility among virtual communities and social media platforms. We are thrilled to welcome Jessie as a member of the Diseases of the Esophagus editorial board.


  • 03 Aug 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) hosted a virtual presentation on functional heartburn and reflux hypersensitivity, commonly encountered but often overlooked. During this 60-minute presentation Ronnie Fass presented two functional esophageal disorders that are common, yet often overlooked, and play an important role in diagnosing and managing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Joan Chen followed up with two cases to help illustrate these disorders and questions were answered from a live audience. This live presentation was recorded on July 29, 2021, moderated by Bradley Kendall.

    Functional Heartburn and Reflux Sensitivity

    2 Case Presentations of Functional Heartburn and Reflux Hypersensitivity

    The ISDE wishes to sincerely thank the following individuals for their contributions to this presentation:

    • Ronnie Fass, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, USA
    • Joan Chen, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, USA
    • Bradley Kendall, Eminent Senior Staff Gastroenterologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Australia

    Checkout other presentations on the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Playlist

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  • 27 Jul 2021 4:10 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As part of our ISDE 40th Anniversary celebration, you’ll read in upcoming months about each of the ISDE Congresses. This article summarizes the 13th and 14th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 13th ISDE World Congress was held in Venice, Italy, in October 2012 (Figure 1). It was presided over by Professors Ermanno Ancona, Giovanni Zaninotto, and Francesco Di Mario (Figure 2). The ISDE President was Prof. Jan Tack (Figure 3). The venue, on Venice Lido, a barrier island, was very relaxed and historic (Figure 4). Transportation to the main island and other interesting locations was done by a variety of public and private water taxis, a very fun and romantic way to get about. Local members from the internationally renowned esophagology centers in Padua and Milan as well as other centers in Italy represented their country well. Known as “The gate for the East,” Venice welcomed strong representation from the Middle and Far East. Social highlights of the Venice meeting included entertainment in traditional dress (Figure 5) and delicious local cuisine.

    The 14th ISDE World Congress took place in Vancouver, Canada, in September 2014 (Figure 6). This was the first ISDE Congress that was organized by the new ISDE management firm, International Conference Services (ICS), rather than being planned and hosted by a local ISDE leader. The ISDE President was Professor Jeffrey Peters (Figure 7). The opening ceremonies featured energetic dances by First Nations performers (Figure 8). The attendance was robust (Figure 9), the scientific program was diverse and interesting, and the weather was excellent. Like Venice, Italy, water taxis were a very popular mode of transportation in Vancouver (Figure 10). The venue for the gala dinner featured the spectacular waterside views that Vancouver is famous for (Figure 11). Side trips to Vancouver Island, Seattle, and Banff National Park were very popular.

    Legends for figures:

    Figure 1. Announcement for the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 2. 13th ISDE World Congress Presidents (Professors Di Mario, Zaninotto, Ancona).


    Figure 3. Prof. Tack, ISDE President during the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 4. The Venice Lido, site of the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 5. Traditional dress in Venice, Italy.


    Figure 6. Vancouver, Canada, site of the 14th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 7. Prof. Peters, ISDE President for the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 8. Opening ceremony dances by First Nations performers during the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 9. Networking during the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 10. Water taxis served as transportation in some areas in Vancouver.


    Figure 11. The gala dinner during the 14th World Congress.


  • 26 Jul 2021 1:58 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    ISDE is looking for members who are visionary, passionate and committed to step into a more active role as a member of an ISDE Standing Committee, for the term 2021-2023.

    The following standing committees are accepting members:

    • Education Committee
    • Guidelines Committee
    • Industry Relations Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Research & Database
    • Communications Committee
    • Scientific Program
    • Local Organizing Support (Japan)

    The duties of committee members vary by committee. 

    Task Force and Ad Hoc Committees
    The ISDE Board of Directors have identified the following strategic initiatives which will be addressed in future. If you have expertise and interest in participating in one of these initiatives, let us know. Please note task forces and ad hoc committees typically have 5 or less members, are active for the period in which work is being done and will be disbanded upon conclusion of the initiative.

    • Increase the diversity of ISDE members by region, specialty and other categories identified in the Diversity and Inclusion Position Statement
    • Increase opportunities for early career, trainees and fellows
    • Establish global database of national training programs
    • Develop future ISDE webinars and curriculum for a comprehensive Diseases of the Esophagus Certificate
    • Recruit and promote leaders and experts from regions that have been under-represented in the past

    Deadline: To apply for a committee, please fill in this form by Thursday, Aug 5, 2021.


  • 20 Jul 2021 2:30 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    August 11, 2021 15:00-16:00 GMT

    Join us for a live virtual presentation covering such topics as opioid induced esophageal dysfunction, non-achalasia spastic disorders (jackhammer, distal esophageal spasm), and hypomotility disorders (ineffective esophageal motility and esophageal aperistalsis). If you are working in gastroenterology, surgery, nursing, research, or have an interest in diseases of the esophagus then this is the presentation for you. Register for free.


  • 14 Jul 2021 3:30 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The Journal Citation Reports™ from Clarivate, 2021 have recently been released and have revealed that the 2020 Impact Factor for Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) has risen.

    We are delighted to share that the impact factor of DOTE increased to 3.429 from 2.346. It represents an excellent achievement for the journal, which now ranks 59 on 92 gastroenterological journals.

    Congratulations to the DOTE Journal team and thank you for your work and enthusiasm!

    In celebration of the latest impact factor announcement, Diseases of the Esophagus has curated a reading list of the top ten cited articles from recent years. Please enjoy the collection and make sure you are up to date on the research making the largest impact in the field. 


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