Symposium signals movement in motility disorders

International experts and medical health professionals will assemble at Western Sydney University’s Campbelltown campus on Saturday 24 February 2018 for the Australian Symposium on Gastroparesis.

Co-hosted by the University’s School of Medicine and the South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Symposium will explore the latest developments in research and treatment for gastroparesis.

The Chair of the Symposium, Dr Vincent Ho from Western Sydney University, is an academic gastroenterologist who specialises in gastrointestinal motility disorders.

“Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the digestive system, and motility refers to the normal, spontaneous movement of the muscles in the gut which assists in the digestion of food,” says Dr Ho.

“Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the motility of the stomach. Without strong, regular muscular contractions, food cannot be properly propelled food through the digestive tract and the stomach cannot be emptied properly – leading to symptoms such as early fullness, vomiting, nausea, acid reflux, abdominal pain and bloating.”

Dr Ho says gastroparesis is a serious condition, that can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life – and for many patients, the cause of gastroparesis is unknown.

“Gastroparesis can lead to changes in blood sugar levels, lack of appetite, weight loss and malnutrition. A substantial proportion of patients will not respond to conventional therapies and can become dependent upon feeding tubes,” he says.

At the 2018 Australian Symposium on Gastroparesis, the audience of health professionals will hear from gastroparesis patients, who will share their experiences of living with the disorder.

Leading international experts will also share the outcomes of their latest research on gastroparesis. The eminent speakers will include:

  • Professor Michael Camilleri, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Geoff Hebbard, Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Associate Professor Gregory O’Grady, Auckland City Hospital
  • Dr Usha Krishnan, Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Simon Knowles, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Jessica Peters, The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Michael Camilleri from the Mayo Clinic will deliver the keynote at the Symposium. In his presentation, Professor Camilleri will provide an in-depth look at the latest developments in gastroparesis research around the world, and the future course of its treatment and management.

WHAT: 2018 Australian Symposium on Gastroparesis
WHEN: Saturday, 24 February 2018
WHERE: Campbelltown campus, Western Sydney University


19 February 2018

Danielle Roddick, Senior Media Officer.