Wednesday 25th March 2020


Registration Open

5.00 – 5.45pm

Welcome Address


Opening Presentation:

Professor Robin Warren, Australia (Nobel Laureate)

Discovery of H. Pylori in peptic ulcer disease

5.45 – 6.00pm

Life Time Achievement Award

6.00 – 7.30pm

Drinks and Welcome Reception

Thursday 26th March 2020


Official Welcome


Symposium 1. Obesity and The Gut

Chairs: Amanda Page & Leonie Heilbronn


Microbiome, Diet And Obesity InterventionAndrew Holmes (Australia)


Changes In Gut Function With Obesity  – Helen Raybould (USA)


Personalised Approaches To Obesity  – Andres Acosta (USA)


Surgical Approaches & Complications  – Christine Ren-Fielding (USA)


Motility Changes after Bariatric Surgery  – Michael Talbot (Australia)


Morning Break


Upper GI Disorders:

Diagnosis and Treatment

State Of The Art: Translational Applications In The Study of Dysmotility:

Enteric Nervous System: Circuitry and Function


Chairs: David Watson & Poong Lyul Rhee

Chairs: Mark Scott & Phil Dinning


Chairs:Jack Wood & Gemma Mazzuoil-Weber


André Smout (Netherlands)

Ronnie Fass (USA)

Greg O’Grady (New Zealand)

Maura Corsetti (UK)

Tim Hibberd (Australia)

Pieter Vanden Berghe (Belgium)


Lunch & Poster Session


Gut Dysfunction And Systemic Disorders

FGIDs: A World View (based on “Rome IV: Global study”)

EC and EE Cells Contributing To Mucosal Signalling


Chairs: Roberto De Giorgio & Bridget Southwell

Chairs: Jan Tack & John Kellow

Chairs: Damien Keating & John Furness


Kara Margolis (USA)

Alberto Travagli (USA)

Ami D. Sperber (Israel)

Max Schmulson (Mexico)

Giovanni Barbara (Italy)

Art Beyder (USA)

Diego Bohorquez (USA)


Afternoon Break


Integrated and Complementary Treatments For FGIDs


Ageing & Sex Differences In GI Motility and Transit


Chairs: Charles Knowles & Ami Sperber

Chair: Dervla O’Malley & John Cryan

Chairs: Jim Galligan & Kara Margolis


Justin Wu (Hong Kong)

Sigrid Elsenbruch (Germany)

Shin Fukudo (Japan)

Magnus Simren (Sweden)

Hongzhen Hu (USA)

Tamas Ordog (USA)




Plenary Session

Chairs Peter Gibson & Marcello Costa


Robin Spiller (UK) – Role of Diet in Functional Bowel Disorders: Toward A Mechanism-Based Treatment John Furness (Australia) – The ENS: Evolution, Function and Malfunction



Friday 27th March 2020


Miscellaneous best scored abstracts

Chairs: Pieter Vanden Berghe & Catia Sternini


Highlights from Little Brain Big Brain

Chairs: Simona Carbone & Luke Grundy


Symposium 2.  Mechanisms in Functional GI Disorders

Chairs: Michael Camilleri (USA) & Kwang Jae Lee (Korea)


New clinical perspectives in FGIDs  – Nick Talley (Australia)


Efferent pathways in FGIDs  – Guy Boeckxstaens (Belgium)


Role of the gut-brain axis in FGIDS – Lin Chang (USA)


Neuro-immune effects on sensation in FGIDs  – Nathalie Vergnolle (France)


Morning Break


Personalising treatments for functional disorders

Neuro-immune interactions in IBS/IBD

Transformative new technologies for neurogastroenterology


Chairs: Lin Chang & Nick Talley


Chairs: Patrick Hughes & Oh Young Lee


Chairs: Andrea Harrington & Simona Carbone


Gerald Holtman (Australia)

Peter Gibson (Australia)

Jan Tack (Belgium)

Uday Ghoshal (India)

Jill Hoffmann (USA)

Hyojin Park (Korea)

Maxime Mahe (France)

Will de Lartigue (USA)

Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld (USA)


Lunch & Poster Session


Functional Oesophageal Disorders

Epithelial Barrier and Gut Dysfunction

Visceral Sensation/ Pain And New Molecular Targets


Chairs: Geoff Kohn & André Smout

Chairs: Guy Boeckxstaens & David Grundy

Chairs: Simon Brookes & Nathalie Vergnolle


Ravinder Mittal (USA)

Arjan Bredenoord (Netherlands)

Madhu Grover (USA)

Kok Ann Gwee (Singapore)

Steve Vanner (Canada)

Stuart Brierley (Australia)


Afternoon Break


Interactive Discussion Panel: Difficult Clinical Cases Of Motility Disorders

Functional Dyspepsia

Gut-Brain Axis


Chairs: Maura Corsetti & Magnus Simren

Chair: Myung Gyu Choi & Lesley Houghton

Chairs: Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld & Stuart Brierley


Albis Hani (Colombia)

Claudia di Fillipi (Chile)

Joon Seong Lee (Korea)

Michael Camilleri (USA)

Hiroto Miwa (Japan)

Victoria Tan (Hong Kong)

Kirsteen Browning (USA)

Nick Spencer (Australia)



5.00 – 6.00pm

Advances in GI Imaging

Control of GI smooth muscle

Great late-breaking abstracts


Chairs: Trygve Hausken & Karen Jones

Chairs: Joel Bornstein & Simon Gibbons

Chairs: Ulrikke Voss & Nathalie Rommel


Prab Takhar (Australia)

Odd-Helge Gilja  (Norway)

Lukas van Oudenhove  (Belgium)

Jan Huizinga (Canada)

Kenton Sanders (USA)


7:00 – 11.00pm

CONFERENCE DINNER – “A Taste of South Australia” – Outside Function at Adelaide Convention Centre


Saturday 28th March 2020



Diabetes, Gastroparesis, Transit & The Gut


Glial Cells In The Gut


Chairs: Michael Horowitz & Christine Feinle-Bisset

Chairs: Kulmira Nurgali & Raquel Abalo

Chairs: Michel Neunlist & Marlene Hao


Jay Pasricha (USA)

Kevin Siah (Singapore)

Nikhil Thapar (UK)

Roberto De Giorgio (Italy

Brian Gulbransen (USA)

Werend Boesmans (Belgium)


Morning Break


Symposium 3: Neurogastroenterology and the Microbiome

Chairs Geraint Rogers & Helen Raybould


Fecal Microbiota Transplantation  – Sam Costello (Australia)


The Microbiome in Functional Disorders  – Premysl Bercik (Canada)


Psychobiotics  – John Cryan (Ireland)