Proceedings of the 2018 Advances In Motility and In NeuroGastroenterology: AIMING for the Future Single Topic Symposium


Lusine Ambartsumyan, Seattle Children's Hospital
Julie Khlevner, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Samuel Nurko, Children's Hospital Boston
Rachel Rosen, Children's Hospital Boston
Ajay Kaul, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
John E. Pandolfino, Northwestern University
Elyanne Ratcliffe, McMaster University
Desale Yacob, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
B. U.K. Li, Medical College of Wisconsin
Jaya Punati, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Manu Sood, Medical College of Wisconsin
Satish S.C. Rao, Augusta University
Marc A. Levitt, Children's National Hospital
Jose T. Cocjin, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Leonel Rodriguez, Yale School of Medicine
Alejandro Flores, Children's Hospital Boston
John M. Rosen, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Jaime Belkind-Gerson, The Children's Hospital, Aurora
Miguel Saps, University of Miami
Jose M. Garza, Children's Center for Digestive Health Care
John E. Fortunato, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Rose L. Schroedl, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Laurie A. Keefer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Joel Friedlander, The Children's Hospital, Aurora
Robert O. Heuckeroth, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Meenakshi Rao, Children's Hospital Boston
Khalil El-Chammas, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Karla Vaz, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Bruno P. Chumpitazi, Baylor College of Medicine
Rina Sanghavi, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sravan K.R. Matta, Kaiser Permanente
Tanaz Danialifar, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Carlo Di Lorenzo, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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Journal Article

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Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition








OBJECTIVES: Motility and functional disorders are common in children and often debilitating, yet these disorders remain challenging to treat effectively. At the 2018 Annual North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition meeting, the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Committee held a full day symposium entitled, 2018 Advances In Motility and In NeuroGastroenterology - AIMING for the future. The symposium aimed to explore clinical paradigms in pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders and provided a foundation for advancing new scientific and therapeutic research strategies. METHODS: The symposium brought together leading experts throughout North America to review the state of the art in the diagnosis and management of motility and functional disorders in children. Presentations were divided into esophageal, antral duodenal, and colorectal modules. Each module included oral presentations by experts in the respective fields, leading to thought-provoking discussions. There were 2 breakout sessions with small group discussions on select topics, focusing on defining scientific insights into the diagnosis and management of pediatric functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders in a systematic, segment-based approach. CONCLUSIONS: The field of neurogastroenterology has made remarkable progress in the last decade. The current report summarizes the major learning points from the symposium highlighting the diagnosis and promising therapies on the horizon for pediatric neurogastrointestinal and motility disorders.

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