Lee L. Swanström (USA-France)

Jie He (China)

Michio Hongo (Japan)


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Session 2


Sunday, September 3
8:00 – 10:00 am

Room 3



Neuro-physiology of the esophagus


Chairs: Sutep Gonlachanvit (Thailand) – Hans Gregersen (Denmark-China)

Discussant: Larry Miller (USA)


The Esophagus-brain-esophagus axis

  • The brain-esophagus axis. Mark Fox (Switzerland)
  • How can evoked brain potentials advance our understanding of the esophagus-brain axis?
    Dag Arne Hoff (Norway)
  • What are the characteristics of esophageal afferents in humans? Donald O. Castell (USA)
  • What are the compensatory neurophysiological mechanisms for impaired esophageal mucosal defense?
    C. Prakash Gyawali (USA)

Multimodal stimulation and sensitization

  • How do we best study mechano-sensitive afferents in humans? Dag Arne Hoff (Norway)
  • What does distension and other types of stimulations studies reveal about esophageal efficacy and neurophysiological mechanisms? Hans Gregersen (Denmark-China)
  • Do compensatory neurophysiological mechanisms exist for impaired esophageal transport?
    Barry McMahon (Ireland)
  • Stimulation of protective factors in saliva. Jerzy Sarosiek (USA)


The aging esophagus and diseases

  • Why is esophagus function impaired in elderly and which symptoms does the impairment cause?
    Barry McMahon (Ireland)
  • What is the clinical impact of sensitization of esophageal afferents? Richard W. McCallum (USA)
  • How are swallowing and respiration coordinated in elderly and in pulmonary diseases?
    Sutep Gonlachanvit (Thailand) 




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