2018 Gastroparesis Symposium

The 2018 Australian Symposium on Gastroparesis was hosted by Dr Vincent Ho and his Translational Gastroenterology team. Over 150 health professionals from around Australia and New Zealand attended the event. An array of international and national experts gave world-class presentations on their respective fields. Patient advocates, Emily and Ashley, gave a unique and humbling insight into the daily struggles of a patient living with gastroparesis. By raising awareness of gastroparesis in health professionals we hope to normalise the disorder and improve patient management.

We would like to thank our sponsors Western Sydney University, Campbelltown City Council, South West Sydney Local Health District, Medtronic, Jassen Immunology, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and GI Therapies for making this event possible. Also thank the volunteers, WSU staff and organising committee, Jennifer Greer and Dr Jerry Zhou, for making the day enjoyable and flawless for all speakers and attendees.

>> Photos from the event can be viewed from our gallery

Links below will take you to videos of the event

Opening Address

Dr Vincent Ho officially opens the 2018 Australian Symposium on Gastroparesis. Indigenous elder Aunty Fran Bodkin pays respects to the indigenous owners and welcomes attendees to the Macarthur region. Director of Research for South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) and Clinical Dean for Western Sydney University (WSU) at Liverpool Hospital, Prof Les Bokey, highlights the necessity of gastroparesis awareness, and the exciting futures initiatives of WSU and SWSLHD.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 11 minutes

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Updates on Gastroparesis

Professor Michael Camilleri, M.D., is a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He currently serves as Executive Dean for the Department of Development, holding the ranks of Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. His research interests include clinical enteric neurosciences, gut neurohormonal control, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, and pharmacology and pharmacogenomics. Prof. Camilleri provides an in-depth presentation on the latest developments in gastroparesis research around the world, and the future course of its treatment and management.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 1 hour 15 minutes

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Gastric Mapping & Electrical Therapy

A/Professor Gregory O’Grady specialises in gastrointestinal surgery at the Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, and directs the Surgical Engineering Laboratory at the University of Auckland. His talk covers the consequences for electrical pacemaking in the stomach, as well as the emergence of diagnostic techniques such as "high-resolution electrical mapping”. A/Prof. O’Grady evaluates the current role of gastric electrical stimulation and evolving ‘gastric pacing’ techniques.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 44 minutes

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Gastroparesis in Children

Doctor Usha Krishnan works as a senior specialist in paediatric gastroenterology at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. She is also the director of motility services, and director of the multidisciplinary oesophageal atresia clinic at the hospital. Her research interests lies in childhood motility disorders, functional gastrointestinal disorders, reflux disease, and oesophageal atresia. Dr. Krishnan discusses the diagnosis and management of gastroparesis in young patients.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 37 minutes

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Patient Perspectives

Emily and Ashley are two young women living with gastroparesis. Both very active in patient advocacy programs; Devonport Rotary Club and The Inside Story Gastroparesis Support Group. They use this unique opportunity to represent the voices of gastroparesis patients around Australia and express the concerns and issues faced by patients.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 30 minutes

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Challenges in Gastroparesis Management

A/Professor Hebbard serves as the Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and leads a research team at the University of Melbourne. His academic interests are in neurogastroenterology and physiological data acquisition. A/Prof. Hebbard delivers a presentation that will explore the challenges and solutions of managing gastroparesis, both from a doctor and a patient perspective.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 54 minutes

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Psychology of Gastroparesis

Doctor Simon Knowles is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is the chief investigator and developer of an internationally renowned Gastroparesisclinic.com, a free online psychological assessment and treatment service for psychological distress associated with the burden of gastroparesis. Dr. Knowles outlines the current understanding of psychological impact on gastroparesis and provide insight into the latest treatment strategies available to improve patient quality of life.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 35 minutes

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Dietary Management

Jessica Peters is a dietitian based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She specialises in patient care associated with gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders. Her personal interest lies in gastroparesis; having not only conducted extensive research into dietary therapy for patients with gastroparesis, but also through her private dietetic practice where she works with patients at all stages of gastroparesis. Jessica presents a broad all-encompassing talk on the management of nutritional needs in gastroparesis patients.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 32 minutes

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Q&A Session

The guest speakers discuss the future of gastroparesis management as well as an opportunity to address questions from the audience.

High-Definition 1080p Duration 27 minutes

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