The most impressive aspect of the OESO is its concentration on interdisciplinary continuing medical education in esophagology.
At this point, the OESO is the undisputed flagship, and this concentration gives OESO a unique position amongst all the other societies also devoted to the upper GI tract.
In this aspect, the conferences organized by OESO are of special importance: in the seven preceding ones, OESO has developed an unparalleled approach to the analysis of one, single subject through a logical sequence of questions and answers.
These questions and answers provide the attendees with current knowledge on the chosen topic, and the conservation of this knowledge in the aim of medical education is made possible: thus, a large stock of scientific information is accessible to everyone by the OESO Foundation - a unique library of interdisciplinary esophagology.
Now, OESO wants to increase this basis of scientific information with the topic
The Foregut, function - dysfunction
For this reason, OESO is organizing its 8th World Congress in 2006, again in the now well established format of "Questions and Answers on a Single Subject"/
This conference, by itself, will be a highlight in esophagology for 2006, and will make this event especially attractive for everyone interested or involved in the diseases of the esophagus.
But this cannot be the only reason for attending this Congress: the town of Avignon and its surroundings of wonderful Provence are two more convincing arguments.
As President of the OESO, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Scientific Director of the OESO - Professor Robert Giuli - for his great effort and for the impressive manner in which he has prepared this Congress.
Don't miss this highlight of the congress-season 2006.
I promise you a unique experience.
Univ.-Prof.Dr.h.c. Jörg Rüdiger SIEWERT
As Co-President, I am delighted to announce that the 8th Congress of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO) will be held in Avignon, France, from Sunday, September 3 to Wednesday, September 6, 2006. If you work in the area of esophageal disease--whether in gastroenterology, surgery, nutrition, pathology, biochemistry, or physiologyyou must come to Avignon for this meeting.
OESO Congresses are awaited with great anticipation by specialists in the field.
The meetings are scheduled every 3 years, and represent the only international multidisciplinary meetings focused on the esophagus. Experts from around the world gather in a unique setting that allows the exchange of significant new insights and ideas.
This 8th OESO Congress will be especially exciting. The topic is “The Foregut: Function-Dysfunction,” in recognition of the complex interaction of esophagus, stomach, and duodenum in normal digestion and in the genesis of esophageal disease. Within this broad area, featured topics will include progress in the diagnosis and management of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, early cancer, and the role of diet and the medical and surgical management of obesity.
Youth will be emphasized in the 8th OESO Congress. For the first time, trainees supported by their mentors will be integrated into the morning scientific sessions unique to the OESO with brief questions and answers on a specific topic. Keynote and Summary speakers will be featured to provide authoritative “state-of-the-art” synopses.
The afternoon sessions will offer symposiums on specific subjects, and topic forums designed to elicit maximum audience participation. Everyone who attends the 8th OESO Congress will have the opportunity to meet international specialists and address questions at the highest level. All attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts to share their research in oral and poster sessions. All submitted abstracts will be published, and prizes will be awarded for those judged most worthy.
I am particularly grateful to the OESO Board of Trustees and Scientific Director, Robert Giuli, for giving me the opportunity to help lead the 8th OESO Congress. Easily accessible by frequent fast train from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Avignon in late summer will be a spectacular site for the meeting. The social activities available to those attending the meeting will make the memories of a lifetime.
The 8th OESO Congress, a comprehensive and unique world-class event for everyone with an interest in the esophagus, plus Avignon, the Palais des Papes, Provence, the Camargue, a fast train from Paris. It can’t get much better. I look forward to seeing you there.
Charles J. LIGHTDALE, MD
Knowledge concerning esophageal pathophysiology has until recently lagged far behind that of the pathophysiology of other portions of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract for reasons that still remain unclear. Yet, it is the fact that, at least until the last few decades, interest in the esophagus was primarily based on pathologic anatomy.
The recent development of methods of studying both morphology and function of the esophagus has resulted in a better understanding of normal and abnormal esophageal patterns with a corresponding improvement in treatment which is now physiologically, rather than anatomically based. As customary, the World O.E.S.O Congresses are planned to provide each time a thorough analysis of a specific topic in esophageal disease. This 8th World Congress of O.E.S.O. is devoted to the Foregut: Function and Dysfunction to emphasize the complex interaction between the esophagus and the other portions of the upper GI tract either in maintaining physiological function or in triggering esophageal disease. The choice is a timely one because recent
investigations have allowed new insights into the pathophysiology
of these complex interactions to be gained. Within this framework specific sessions will be devoted to disorders of secretion, of motility as well as of nutrition.
Enclosed you will find the scientific program of the Congress which will take place for the first time in Avignon, a city ranked high on UNESCO's prestigious list of places which form the world heritage sites. Its core is represented by the successful formula, with questions and answers, originally developed by Robert Giuli but exciting symposia, workshops and topic forum will complete the scientific information that will be disseminated during these four days. World renown experts in different disciplines will answer the specific questions and leading scientists will present you an in depth review of the different topics.
Because of its major impact and its high educational formula this Congress represents a unique opportunity to update your knowledge in the rapidly evolving field of esophagology. We hope to have the chance of gathering established and young investigators from all over the world in what we feel will be a stimulating experience. We also hope it may encourage friendship, mutual knowledge and cooperation going beyond the limits of the meeting itself.
The weather in Provence is at its best in September and you will have also the opportunity to visit Avignon and its beautiful environs. We are deeply convinced that this 8th World Congress will meet your expectations from both a scientific as well as social points of view.
Therefore make your way to Avignon next September.
We are waiting for you!.
Carmelo SCARPIGNATO, MD, DSc, PharmD
It is the special support of those who enthusiastically joined us in the completion of our first action plan,
then of those who continue to join us regularly,
which keeps the initial momentum going, and allows OESO to continue to multiply its initiatives.
OESO, an international organization represented in 85 countries, now has an official branch in the United States and is presently in the process of setting up another arm in Japan.
OESO has created its own Foundation in order to implement a program of multi-disciplinary Continuous Medical Education on a worldwide inter-university network.
OESO has the prestigious support of UNESCO in the creation of a Chair of Distance Learning in the field of gastroenterology.
This is the 8th Conference organized by OESO, which will again uphold its original initiative to provide, as it has for over 20 years, a triennial benchmark synthesis on a particular aspect of esophagology.
This 8th Conference is obviously continuing this initiative but is also introducing, as in each of the previous ones, important innovations:
Some details to be noted on the location chosen for the staging of this high level, intense scientific debate.
Everything is already planned to complement our intense scientific program with an extra-scientific one which is as exceptional. Among the varied choices proposed, a very special evening in the open air is planned on Monday, September 4, in the wild Camargue among the birds, horses and bulls, so that you can get a feel of this region of France, meet each other, and share in the general enjoyment.