Israelitisches Krankenhaus Hamburg, Germany
He has published more than 380 journal articles, book chapters, text books, national and international guideline recommendations. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals. Dr. Layer received his professional training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Essen University Hospital, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and at the Mayo Clinic, Gastroenterology Unit, in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. His scientific focus is on the regulation and pathology of the human pancreas and its diseases, as well as its interaction with gastrointestinal motility and its disorders.
Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr Lundell undertook his basic surgical training at Jönköping Central Hospital and was then recruited to the Department of Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital in 1982. There he was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery and maintained that position until 2003 when he became professor of Surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. Lars Lundell has maintained his clinical research interest in acid related disorders such as peptic ulcer disease and its complications and above all GERD. Within the field of GERD, his research has followed two main pathways. One relates to pathogenetic mechanisms either confined to the motor function of the gastroesophageal junction or epithelial defense mechanisms. The other focuses on the efficacy of and mechanisms behind different long-term therapeutic concepts such as PPI therapy and antireflux surgery. Other important and successful research areas for Lars Lundell have been various aspects on the surgical treatment of cancer in the upper GI tract with particular focus on cancer of the stomach and esophagus.
University of Leuven, Belgium
He was a research fellow at the Department of Physiology at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. with Dr. J. D. Wood from 1989 to 1990 and at the Center for Gastroenterological Research at the University of Leuven with Dr. G. Vantrappen and Dr. J. Janssens since 1990. His research lies in the field of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and includes diverse topics such as the physiology and the pharmacology of the enteric nervous system, gastrointestinal hormones, intestinal inflammation, and the pathophysiology of functional dyspepsia, of gastro-esophageal reflux disease and of the irritable bowel syndrome. He published more than 90 articles and 20 book chapters on various aspects of scientific and clinical gastroenterology. In 1995, Prof. Tack won the national G. Brohee prize for Gastroenterological Research, and in 1999 he won the international Janssen Award for Basic and Clinical Research in Gastrointestinal Science, and the national Baron Simonart prize for Clinical Pharmacology. In 2000, Prof. Tack was awarded the Biotherabel AstraZeneca prize for gastroenterological research and the Paternoster-Vantrappen prize for neurogastroenterology. Prof. Tack is associate editor of “Gut” and member of the editorial board of “Gastroenterology” and “Bailliere’s Clinical Gastroenterology”.
International Digestive Cancer Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The department he created at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam is a leading training unit in gastroenterology and world-renowned for diagnostic imaging, therapeutic endoscopy, and basic and clinical research in inflammatory bowel disease, Barrett esophagus, neuromotility and hepatic transport mechanisms, gallstone disease, and pancreatic diseases. He created the European postgraduate Gastrosurgical school.
Professor Tytgat is the author or co-author of 1500 research publications and several books, atlases and book chapters. His last book is on Grading and Staging in Gastroenteroloy. He served on the editorial boards of several gastroenterology journals. He was associate editor of Gastroenterology and Editor-in-Chief of Best Practice and Research Clinical Gastroenterology.
Professor Tytgat is Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, at the University of Isai, Romania, and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, The Royal Dutch Academy of Science, and the Royal College of Physicians. He was President of the European Association for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. He was President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation from 2002 – 2005.Currently he is co-chairman of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance. He received the distinguished achievement award of the United European gastroenterology Federation and the Master in gastroenterology award of the World gastroenterology Organisation.