In the past 30 years, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) has become an important area of clinical medicine. GERD has increasingly been found associated with other common but unexplained disorders, designated as extra-esophageal manifestations of GERD.
Extra-digestive GERD is now widely accepted in clinical practice. The evidence supporting the pathogenesis of this condition falls into three major categories: guilt by association, observed mechanistic studies, and therapeutic response to treatment. Management of these disorders is challenging since acid suppression is poorly effective and add-on medications are often needed. The choice of this topic is a timely one because recent investigations have allowed new insights into the pathophysiology of these complex conditions to be gained.
Upon review of the final scientific program, you - no doubt - will agree that this International Congress assembles a clinical and scientific educational program of the highest quality that will approach extra-digestive GERD from a multidisciplinary point of view, putting together specialists from different disciplines and a faculty of international acclaim.
Because of its major impact and its educational formula, this Congress represents a unique opportunity to update your knowledge in this rapidly evolving field. We hope to have the chance of gathering established and young investigators from all over Europe in what we feel will be a stimulating experience. We also hope it may encourage friendship, mutual knowledge and cooperation going beyond the limits of the meeting itself.
Parma is a lovely town of the Northern Italy, famous for its history, architecture and surrounding countryside. It is the home of one of the oldest European Universities and the seat of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Parma is a well-known city of art, being the hometown of great artists such as Benedetto Antelami, Francesco Mazzola (commonly known as Parmigianino), Arturo Toscanini and Giuseppe Verdi, to mention a few. Finally, it is the so-called Food Valley Capital, well known all over the world for its local delicacies.
Therefore, make your way to Parma next April.
We are waiting for you!
Carmelo Scarpignato, MD, DSc, PharmD
Francesco Di Mario, MD