Ascona II Conference Program


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Morning Sessions

  • Original Research
  • State of the Art Lectures

Afternoon Sessions with active involvement of participants

  • Workshops to discuss guidelines and classification systems
  • Case based, seminar-style teaching

Evening Sessions

  • Demonstrations of new technology hosted by sponsors, 19.30 – 21.00
Arrival: Sunday 19th April 2015

Registration Desk Open.
Shuttle Service from Locarno Train Station to Accommodation


Welcome Reception.
Shuttle Service from external Accommodation to CSF Conference Hotel


CSF Conference Center Restaurant

Day 1: Monday morning 20th April 2015
08.30 – 10.00

Oropharyngeal swallow: diagnosis
Chair: Don Castell, Charleston, USA

Videomanometry and HRM to assess oropharyngeal dysphagia

Peter Kahrilas, Chicago, USA

Pressure flow analysis to assess pharyngeal dysphagia

Taher Omari, Adelaide, Australia

Clinical use of pressure flow analysis in pharyngeal dysphagia

Nathalie Rommel, Leuven, Belgium

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Pharyngeal swallow: treatment
Chair: Pere Clave, Barcelona, Spain

Clinical management of oropharyngeal dysphagia

Reza Shaker, Milwaukee, USA

Use of TNS in treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia

Shaheen Hamdy, Manchester, UK

Surgical treatment of UES dysfunction

Tim McCullough, Milwaukee, USA

12.00 – 13.30


Day1: Afternoon
13.30 – 15.00

Workshop / Hands-On Training
Chair: Peter Kahrilas, Chicago, USA

Acquisition of pharyngeal high resolution manometry: live demo

Nathalie Rommel, Leuven, Belgium

Analysis of HRM and Pressure flow analysis of pharyngeal swallowing

Taher Omari, Adelaide, Australia; Tim McCullogh, Madison, USA

15.00 – 16.30

Coffee and Case Based Discussion
Chairs: Pere Clave, Barcelona, Spain;
Reza Shaker, Milwaukee, USA

Day 1: Monday evening
18.30 – 20.00

Dinner with Public Event
CSF Conference Center Restaurant

Public event: Effects of diet and alcohol on digestive function and symptoms

Day 2: Tuesday Morning 21st April 2015
08.30 – 10.00

Esophageal Motor Disorders:
Chair John Pandolfino, Chicago, USA

Update on the Chicago Classification 3.0

Prakash Gyawali, St. Louis, USA

Using impedance to study the mechanics of bolus transit and symptom generation

Taher Omari, Adelaide, Australia

Provocative testing: Repeated swallows, Multiple Water swallows, Test Meals

Rami Sweis, London, UK

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Esophago-Gastric Junction:
Chair Ravi Mittal, San Diego, USA

EGJ distensibility using Functional lumen imaging: ready for clinical use?

Guy Boeckxstaens, Leuven, Belgium

Novel HRM metrics and Devices (3D manometry) to study the EGJ

Jutta Keller, Hamburg, Germany

How to characterize the antireflux barrier in GERD: 3D manometry and beyond

Peter Kahrilas, Chicago, USA

12.00 – 13.30


Day 2: Afternoon
13.30 – 15.00

Transient LES Relaxations and beyond
Chair: Richard Holloway, Melbourne, Australia; Shobna Bhatia, Mumbai, India

How sphincter failure causes reflux: TLESRs and more

Sabine Roman, Lyon, France

How surgery suppresses reflux?

Roger Tatum, Seattle, USA

How reflux causes symptoms: permeability, sensitization and acid

Arjan Bredenoord, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

How motor mechanisms cause reflux and esophageal symptoms

Ravi Mittal, San Diego, USA

15.00 – 16.30

Coffee and Case Based Discussion:
Chairs: John Pandolfino, Mark Fox

Day 2: Evening
18.30 – 20.00

CSF Conference Center Restaurant

20.00 – 21.00

Evening Symposium: The Lost Reflux Patient
Chair: Michael Vaezi, Nashville, USA; Mark Fox, Zürich, Switzerland

Limitations of PPI therapy in GERD – “the lost reflux patients”

Joachim Labenz, Siegen, Germany

The acid pocket concept and its implications for the reflux patient

Peter Kahrilas, Chicago, USA

Endoscopic and Surgical Management of reflux disease: new opportunities

Steve Attwood, Tyneside, UK

Day 3: Wednesday Morning 22nd April 2015
08.30 – 10.00

Current Utilization of Reflux Monitoring:
Chair: Serhat Bor, Izmir, Turkey

Catheter based vs. wireless reflux studies

Rami Sweis, London, UK

pH impedance monitoring on vs. off PPI

Daniel Sifrim, London, UK

Impedance monitoring beyond GERD diagnosis

Arjan Bredenoord, Amsterdam

Optimal utilization of reflux monitoring in typical and atypical GERD

Frank Zerbib, Bordeaux, France

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Evaluation of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease
Chair: Justin Wu, HK

Advances in assessment of Reflux-Symptom Association

Andre Smout, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Evaluation of Reflux Disease Beyond pH and impedance Monitoring

Edoardo Savarino, Padua, Italy

Dysmotility in Reflux Disease: Cause, effect, clinical relevance.

Prakash Gyawali, St. Louis, USA

12.00 – 13.30


Day 3: Afternoon
13.30 – 15.00

Workshop: Assessment of patients before and after surgery
Chair: Radu Tutuian, Bern, Switzerland; Don Castell, Charleston, USA

Pre-operative workup

Marcelo Vela, Houston, USA

Complications after fundoplication surgery

Mark Fox, Zurich, Switzerland

Complications after bariatric surgery

Geoff Hebbard, Melbourne, Australia

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 18.30

Workshop: the Ascona Gastroesophageal Reflux Monitoring Consensus

Speakers: Prakash Gyawali, Sabine Roman, Edoardo Savarino, Arjan Bredenoord

Day 3: Evening

Prosecco reception
CSF Conference Center Restaurant
Presentation of Young Investigator Awards
Conference Photograph


Bus Transfer to Grotto Broggini

19.00 – 22.00

Conference Dinner

Grotto Broggini
Via San Materno 18
6616 Losone


Bus Transfer from Grotto Broggini to Conference Hotels


Day 4: Thursday Morning 23rd April 2015
08.30 – 10.00

New Technology
Chair: Mark Fox, Zurich, Switzerland

Advances in the assessment of whole gut transit – practical demonstration of the SmartPill

Anthony Hobson, The Functional Gut Clinic, London, UK

ENDO-FLIP in the assessment of faecal incontinence

Klaus Krogh, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Clinical value of high resolution colonic manometry

Phil Dinning, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Investigation and management of disordered defaecation I
Chairs: Satish Rao, Augusta, USA;

Clinical utility of investigations of rectal sensation

Mark Scott, Barts and the London, London, UK

Manometric features of sphincter dysfunction in constipation and evacuatory dysfunction

Jose Remes, University of Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

Advances in the conservative and medical management of evacuatory dysfunction

Satish Rao, Georgia, USA

12.00 – 13.30


Day 4: Afternoon
13.30 – 15.00

Diagnosing evacuatory dysfunction
Chair: Charles Knowles, London, UK; will set the scene
Donato Altomare, Bari, Italy

Diagnostic utility of balloon expulsion

Giuseppe Chiarioni, Verona, Italy

Diagnostic utility of evacuation proctography and MR defaecography

Stuart Taylor, London, UK

Diagnostic utility of conventional anal manometry and surface EMG

Bill Whitehead, Iowa, USA

Diagnostic utility of HRAM

Adil Bharucha, Rochester, USA (via video link)

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 17.00

Panel Discussion: Objective measurement Losing the functional from functional anorectal disorders
Chairs: William Whitehead, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
Alison Malcolm, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Update on Rome Definitions of Anorectal Disorders

Adil Bharucha, Rochester, USA (via video link)

Day 4: Evening
18.30 – 20.00


CSF Conference Center Restaurant

20.00 – 21.00

New technology for assessment and treatment of colorectal dysfunction

Chair: Carolynne Vaizey, St. Mark’s Hospital, London

Introduction of a short barostat protocol for assessment of rectal function

Mathias Sauter & Henriette Heinrich, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Clinical value of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation for the treatment of faecal incontinence

Natalia Zarate, University College London, London, UK

Clinical value of transcutaneous electrical stimulation for the treatment of constipation

Rebecca Burgell, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Day 5: Friday Morning 24th April 2015
08.30 – 10.00

Workshop: Transition to high-resolution anorectal manometry

Chair: François Mion, Lyon, France;
Emma Carrington, London, UK

How do study protocol and equipment setup affect results?

Henriette Heinrich, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

What is normal?

Rueben Wong, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Do tests of anorectal function predict structure?

Ravi Mittal, University College San Diego, San Diego, USA

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Investigation and management of disordered defaecation II
Chair: Alison Malcolm, Sydney, Australia; Charles Knowles, London, UK

Manometric features of sphincter dysfunction in faecal incontinence

Emma Carrington, Barts and the London, London, UK

Advances in the management of faecal incontinence

Francois Mion, Lyon, France

Advances in the surgical management of evacuatory dysfunction

Donato Altomare, Bari University, Bari, Italy

12.00 – 13.30


Day 5: Friday Afternoon
11.00 – 16.00

Shuttle from CSF Conference Centre to Locarno Train Station