It is my great pleasure to welcome all delegates, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors to FNM 2020 – the 4th international meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, hosted by the Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA).

The landscape has changed significantly since the last time a major neurogastroenterology meeting was held in Australia – the successful 1998 International Motility Symposium in Lorne, Victoria. Since then, we have seen the formation of FNM and its affiliated associations, of which ANGMA is the newest member. As we all know, 2020 and 2021 have been immensely challenging due to the ongoing global impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These challenges resulted in the rescheduling of FNM2020 from March 2020 to April 2021. As travel is still heavily impacted, we have established an exciting FNM2020 program that can be enjoyed via our virtual platform, or in Adelaide for those who can attend in person. The program incorporates plenary sessions, free papers, a postgraduate course and satellite meetings on Visceral Pain and the Enteric Nervous System. One of the main aims of this meeting is to provide a detailed multidisciplinary review of the current state of our field. Sessions include panels comprised of scientists, surgeons and physicians discussing approaches to the management of difficult clinical problems. Our virtual platform also provides delegates with the opportunity to interact with presenters, sponsors and exhibitors. This collaboration is very exciting and will become increasingly important in the future. Our field continues to grow, and much of the current best research, diagnostic modalities and management options will be presented at this meeting.

For those of you who can attend in person, South Australia is known for the quality of its food and wine and ANGMA hopes that you enjoy these items at our social evenings. The social program includes excellent networking opportunities and I hope that this leads to future connections and collaborations. As delegates, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors, we thank you for your contribution to FNM2020. We trust that you will enjoy and learn from the fantastic presentations that are available for viewing virtually and in person.

Finally, I’d like to acknowledge ANGMA and the FNM2020 Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the outstanding work they have performed to make this meeting happen, both in virtual and in person format. International conferences take a great deal of co-ordinated effort to organise and run at the best of times, never mind in the middle of a pandemic. The original planning for this meeting started as far back as 2016 and has spanned across three ANGMA Presidencies. I’d therefore like to thank Prof Nick Spencer (President 2016-2018) and Dr Geoff Kohn (President 2018-2020) for their considerable efforts throughout their terms. I’d also like to especially thank the Chair of the FNM2020 LOC, Prof Nick Spencer. Due to the changing landscape of the global pandemic, over the last 14 months he has essentially organised this conference three times over. Without his drive and determination FNM2020 would not have gone ahead.

From all of us Down under, we wish you all the very best wherever you are around the globe and we look forward to seeing our international colleagues in person in the not-too-distant future.

Best regards
Prof Stuart Brierley
ANGMA President

Nick Spencer

Chair Local Organising Committee

Geoff Kohn

Simon Brookes

Christine Feinle-Bisset

Andrea Harrington

Patrick Hughes

FNM 2020 Local Organising Committee


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FNM2020 will be the first meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology & Motility to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The meeting offers an exceptional chance to present latest research in neurogastroenterology and facilitate discussion and interaction with active researchers and clinical colleagues from Europe, Asia, Australasia and the America’s.

The meeting will be held in The City of Adelaide, located in the State of South Australia. The meeting venue will be held in the new Adelaide Convention Centre, which is situated in the centre of the city next to the River Torrens. Adelaide is home to one of the largest health and medical research precincts in the Southern Hemisphere, with the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Adelaide is famous for its outstanding wine, food and arts culture. The City of Adelaide is located about 15 kilometres from the pristine beaches of popular summer tourist destinations, such as Glenelg. FNM2020 will be held at the end of summer, providing the ideal climate to enjoy the meeting and the attractions that Adelaide has to offer.

21 CPD points can be claimed for attendance. 

On behalf of the local organizing committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide for FNM 2020.

Nick Spencer & Stuart Brierley
(Chair & Co-Chair of Local organizing committee),
Geoff Kohn (ANGMA President)