It’s time to vote new members to the ANGMA Committee. Three places are available on the Committee and 4 candidates submitted nominations by the closing date. You can go to the online voting site by clicking on the link below.
Voting is open from 9am 30/5/15 to 5pm 30/6/15 (Melbourne time). You can only vote ONCE. To cast your vote you will need to enter:
1. your “First Name” (or given name) as included in our membership list. We had to edit this, in some cases. This is your given name, up to the first space. Hyphenated names are included as a single name: so “Jean-Paul” logs in as “Jean-Paul” but “John Paul” logs in as “John”
2. your “Last Name” (or family name) which is exactly as you entered it – with spaces, hyphens, double-barrelled or whatever
3. your password which is: “ANGMA2015VOTE” Upper case letters; no spaces. If you have any problems accessing your vote, please contact the Secretary, Geoff Kohn (GKohn@uppergi.net) to get your details
Here are the four candidate statements (in random order):
Nick Spencer (Basic Science):
I would like to run for a position on the ANGMA council in 2015. The reason why Id like to be considered for this position is because Id like to represent and promote Australasian Neurogastroenterology and ANGMA will be the best medium for this to occur. I am familiar with the administration of ANGMA, being the inaugural treasurer of ANGMA and have a basic knowledge of how the society operates. I’ve had a long standing interest in Australasian Neurogastroenterology, since completing my PhD in 1998 and would like the next generation to represent Australasia as well as we have been in the past in this field. I established the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) annual meeting in Australia, which ran for 5 years until ANGMA was formed.
Paul Bertrand (Basic Science):
Dr Bertrand is an internationally recognised expert in the field of enteric neuroscience. He has over 60 publications and is an Editor for Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience and on the Editorial Board for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology and Neurogastroenterology and Motility. Dr Bertrand’s laboratory is based at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and is affiliated with the Health Innovations Research Institute. He and his collaborators aim to improve the functional diagnoses of gastrointestinal disorders using state-of-the-art microsensor technology. To do this, his group is investigating the neuronal and hormonal control of the gastrointestinal tract to establish a foundation for tailored diagnostics for a variety of gastrointestinal disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and conditions such as obesity. Dr Bertrand is actively engaged with International and Australian societies as well as the popular press.
Geoff Kohn (Clinical Science):
I am a Melbourne-based oesophagogastric surgeon. After being awarded my Australian FRACS qualifications, I studied for three years in in the United States, first in gastrointestinal surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then in oesophageal surgery under Dr Tom DeMeester at the University of Southern California.
I have a keen interest in academic surgery, with positions on multiple international surgical committees. I have received awards for best Fellow’s research paper at DDW/SSAT and at SAGES, and I continue to direct my research interests toward the fields of oesophageal physiology assessment, medical education and outcomes optimisation.
I have been the Secretary of ANGMA for the past year and I would hope to continue my involvement with our Association in order than we can promote the specialty to clinicians, provide training and education through workshops and our scientific meetings, and to develop opportunities for our members for collaborative translational research activities.
Daniel Poole (Basic Science):
Experience and previous roles: I have extensive research experience (~15 years) in enteric neurobiology and gastrointestinal physiology. This includes MSc (NZ), PhD (Australia) and postdoctoral (USA) training in the field. I am currently a research fellow at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. I also hold honorary positions at The University of Melbourne and at Melbourne Health. I have experience interacting with the pharmaceutical industry through the MIPS-Takeda program and as part of my PhD and postdoctoral studies. I am an on the editorial board of American Journal of Physiology: GI and Liver Physiology (2013-present). I am the coordinator of monthly enteric neuroscience meetings involving Melbourne-based researchers I was a conference committee member for the inaugural ANGMA meeting (Melbourne, 2014). Aims for ANGMA: My major interest is to promote the development of students and postdoctoral level researchers and to improve collaborative research between institutes. I believe that the continued success of ANGMA is highly dependent on the development of future leaders.