The following candidates have been nominated for the ANGMA Committee election (2014). Their statements are presented in alphabetical order (family names).
Stuart Brierley (Basic Science)
Stuart Brierley is an NHMRC R.D Wright Biomedical Fellow and Head of the Visceral Pain Group at the University of Adelaide/SAHMRI. He is the current and re-elected South Australian representative of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), and represents SA at the ANS council meetings. He is currently the Secretary of the ANS Adelaide 2014 local organising committee (LOC), is an LOC member of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) II 2014 ANS Satellite meeting and a member of the Little Brain Big Brain 2014 Bangkok meeting LOC. He was also the Chair of the ENS 2012 meeting LOC.
Simon Brookes (Basic Science)
Simon Brookes helped set up ANGMA and acted as President of ANGMA in the first year of its existence. He was responsbiel for registering ANGMA, incorporating the Association, drafting the constitution, setting up its website (ANGMA.org.au) and liaising with the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, including for the upcoming FNM Meeting in Bangkok. A physiologist by training, Simon is a basic science researcher, with interests in autonomic and sensory innervation of gut and the control of gastrointestinal motility. He has worked in the field for 30 years, has over 140 publications, runs an active research group at Flinders and has published widely in neurogastroenterology. His interest in ANGMA is to promote productive interactions between clinicians and basic scientists in Australasia to drive translational research and to link closely with top research groups internationally. His ambition is to build capability in both research and treatment in gastrointestinal and other disorders in Australian and New Zealand.
Carly Burgstad (Clinical)
Following completion of a Bachelor of Health Science and Honours in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (University of Adelaide), I commenced working in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Adelaide Hospital. During this time I was part of a world leading research group investigating disturbances in upper gastrointestinal motility and nutrient absorption in critically ill patients. This involved the co-ordination and conduction of multiple NHand MRC and CCRE studies; whereby insights derived from these projects have been fundamental to the management of feed intolerance in critical illness. My experience in the area of gastrointestinal motility then enabled a transition into a clinical setting, whereby I currently manage the Oesophageal Function Laboratory, Repatriation General Hospital. In addition to clinical commitments, our laboratory also conducts numerous research studies investigating swallowing disorders in healthy ageing and various patient populations including those with Motor Neurone Disease and CVA. I believe my position and experience in the area of oesophageal motility disorders brings a balanced approach incorporating both clinical and research perspectives to the ANGMA committee. I look forward to continuing the advancement of the area of neurogastroenterology and motility and believe ANGMA will play a pivotal role in having the Australasian region recognised on an international stage.
Christine Feinle-Bisset (Clinical)
Prof Christine Feinle-Bisset has a PhD in Nutrition and GI Physiology from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim (Germany). Following a postdoctoral appointment in Zurich, Switzerland, she joined the University of Adelaide in 2000. She is currently supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2010-14), and a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health (2013-17). Her research is clinical and relates to the impact of nutrients on appetite, GI motor and hormone function and perception, in health, obesity and functional dyspepsia. It has contributed significantly to current concepts of the role of small intestinal mechanisms in the regulation of energy intake in health and obesity, and symptom generation in functional dyspepsia. The overarching aim of her work is to develop novel, nutrient-based treatment approaches for these disorders. Christine’s interest in the study of upper GI motility goes back to her undergraduate days, when she performed research (in beagles and mini-pigs!) in Prof Hans-Jörg Ehrlein’s (retired) lab in Stuttgart. She has been a member of the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility since 1994. She envisages ANGMA as a strong advocate for neurogastroenterology and motility research in AustraliaNZasia and as a key member of the International Federation, and would like to include a focus on nutrition and GI appetite regulation to the interests of the ANGMA membership.
Richard Heddle (Clinical)
I have had a background in upper GI physiology and pathophysiology that dates back to the early 1980s. Over this time I have worked in a range of areas including oesophageal physiology, gastric physiology (my MD thesis was on the motor function and regulation of the human pylorus) and its integration with the small bowel, and more recently application of new techniques to assessment of pharyngeal function. Expanding on Dr Narielvala’s initial work, I established an oesophageal function laboratory at RGH, Daw Park in 1990 and have been involved with it since. I am also a contributor to the Swallowing Disorders Clinic at RGH, which involves collaboration with the Speech Therapy unit. I would view the most novel papers I have been involved in as (1) original description of the use of omeprazole to suppress oesophageal acid exposure and heal peptic oesophagitis, (2) the “rediscovery” of the focal tonic and phasic pyloric contractions that retard transpyloric flow when stimulated by duodenal calorie receptors, (3) the description of the intriguing entity of cannabinoid hyperemesis, and (4) a recent paper on the impact of ageing on pharyngeal physiology. I work as a general gastroenterologist with a luminal bias in both public and private contexts. It is my belief that the area of Clincial Neurogastroenterology and Motility has tended to be neglected in recent times, but with the introduction of high resolution manometry and impedance techniques, and new insights into the brain-gut axis and gut-brain axis, togther and a cohort of productive young basic scientists interested in gut physiology and regulation, that ANGMA should serve to stimulate basic science, clinical training and collaboration between laboratories. It should also help both the scientists and clinicians by keeping the channels of communication wide open. In particular, I would like to see more advanced trainees in gastroenterology helped to develop greater expertise in the area of Neurogastroenterolgy and Motility.
Amanda Page (Basic Science)
I would like to be considered as a committee member for ANGMA. I am a leading authority on vagal innervation of the gut, and how this relates to major disease states. This involved pioneering studies on the phenotypic specialisation of vagal sensory endings. Using innovative approaches I have highlighted the importance of the stomach in the regulation of food intake and the complex interplay between gastric peptides and vagal afferent activity and the changes that occur in high fat diet induced obesity. I am a member of numerous national/international societies and as a consequence I have chaired sessions at several international conferences and been on the local organising committee of Visceral Pain, Official Satellite to the World Congress on Pain and the 16th International Symposium on GI Motility. I co-organised/chaired the Enteric Nervous System workshop (Adelaide, 2012) and I am currently on the organising committee for the Little Brain Big Brain meeting (Thailand, 2014). I am actively involved in the School of Medicine Research Committee, SAHMRIs Bioscience Pillar Committee and SAHMRIs Animal Ethics Committee. As such I am ideally positioned to help with the aims of ANGMA to facilitate, educate, represent and support those who carry out research in neurogastroenterology.
Daniel Poole (Basic Science)
Experience: 15 years of experience in enteric neuroscience research (MSc, PhD, Post-Doctoral) in New Zealand, Australia and USA. I have held research positions at The University of Melbourne, UCSF and Monash Universities. Chief Investigator on 3 current NHMRC project grants. Member of the local conference organising committee for the 2014 meeting. Aims for ANGMA: My major aims would be: a) To increase the translational impact of neurogastroenterology research in Australia. This would focus research on actual clinical problems. ANGMA would be an ideal environment in which to promote interaction between basic and clinical researchers. b) To provide mentoring for students and early postdoctoral researchers to ensure that they remain in science, have a support network available, are made aware of job or study opportunities within this field, and are taking the right steps to become competitive for research funding.
Ian Wallace (Clinical)
North Shore Hospital and Shakespeare Motility Unit, Auckland, New Zealand. I have been a Gastroenterologist for 30 years and have a special interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders and disorders of gastrointestinal motility. At Shakespeare Motility Unit we currently perform High Resolution Impedance Oesophageal Manometry, high-resolution anorectal Manometry and 24-hour ambulatory Impedance pH studies for three District Health Boards in the North Island as well as the private sector. The formation of ANGMA is a significant step forward in bringing together clinicians and basic scientists from Australia and New Zealand, active in the field of motility disorders and neurogastroenterology. In my view ANGMA should be seen as a forum for creating scientific meetings as well as a platform for collaborative research . Another role for ANGMA, should be the creation of standards for training in the fields of gastrointestinal motility and neurogastroenterology. I am a past member of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Executive (10 years) and am a Past President of the Society. I would like to bring this experience to serving on the ANGMA committee to further the aims of ANGMA in Australia and New Zealand.