Președinți Conferință / Conference Presidents
Prof. Dr. Vasile DRUG

Lectori Internaționali / International Speakers


Clinical Research Fellow at Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Queen Mary University of London.

Former resident at “Institutul de Gastroenterologie și Hepatologie Iași”

Prof. Dr. Qasim AZIZ

Professor Aziz after completing his undergraduate medical training in his native Pakistan he came to the UK in 1988 for higher medical training. After completing core medical training in Manchester, he started his research career at the University of Manchester as a Digestive Disorders Foundation (currently CORE) clinical research fellow and obtained his PhD in 1996. He held posts of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester, and is now Professor of Neurogastroenterology and Director of The Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London.

Prof. Dr. Leonilde BONFRATE

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology
University of Bari Medical School

Prof. Dr. Serhat BOR

Serhat Bor is a MD and Professor in Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine at Ege University School of Medicine Div. Gastroenterology, Izmir, Turkey. Dr. Bor is a specialist in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gastrointestinal Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders with more than 100 peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters, he has lectured at more than 300 national and international meetings. He perfoms many basic, translational and clinical research projects mainly in GERD and esophageal epithelium as well as other functional GI disorders. He and his collaborators have been organizing hands-on motility courses mainly supported by UEG educational grants in Izmir.

Prof. Dr. Agostino DI CIAULA

Agostino Di Ciaula graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1989 and a specialization in Internal Medicine in 1994 at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”. He is president of the national and international scientific committee of the International Society of Doctors for Environment (ISDE). He carries out hospital care and research activities, also in collaboration with Italian and foreign universities, in the fields of internal medicine, gastroenterology, epidemiology and on the relationship between the environment and health.

Prof. Dr. Asbjorn Mohr DREWES

Asbjørn Mohr Drewes is a clinical professor at Aalborg University and a consultant at Aalborg University Hospital. He specialises in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology.

Asbjørn Mohr Drewes defended his Ph.D. thesis at Aalborg University in 1998 and his doctoral thesis (D.M.Sc) at Aarhus University in 1999. He is currently the director of the research group Mech-Sense.

In the course of his career, Asbjørn Mohr Drewes has received awards from the Danish Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology (DSGH) and the Danish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. His research has been funded by a range of both Danish and international foundations such as Karen Elise Jensen’s Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation and EU 7th Framework Programme.

Prof. Dr. Antonio GASBARRINI

Prof. Antonio Gasbarrini is full Professor of Gastroenterology at the Catholic University of Rome and Chairman of the Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Division at the Agostino Gemelli Hospital, Catholic University of Rome as well as director of the postgraduate program in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the Catholic University of Rome.


Dr Adam Farmer was educated at University College London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Harvard Medical School in the USA. His primary clinical interests include functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, bloating, heartburn and reflux, diarrhoea, constipation, and digestive symptoms arising from diabetes and the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Dr. Gabriella GARRUTI

Giovanni XXIII Pediatric Hospital, department : Endocrinology, Bari, Italy

Prof. Dr. László HERSZENY

2nd Department of Medicine, Semmelweis
University, Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Gianluca IANIRO

Gianluca Ianiro works as gastroenterologist at the Fondazione Policlinico “A. Gemelli”, Rome, Italy. He has published more than 90 full papers, mainly on gut microbiota and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). He was the secretary of the first European consensus conference on FMT. He is member of the SIGE (Italian Society of Gastroenterology) governing board, of the UEG (United European Gastroenterology) Research Board and of the UEG Young Talent Group. He was among the course directors of the UEG Basic Science Course on gut microbiota. He is associate editor of the Human Microbiome Journal (Elsevier).

Prof. Dr. Lukas Van OUDENHOVE

Dr. Van Oudenhove is Professor, Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders, KU Leuven Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Leuven in Belgium.

His research covers different areas related to motility and functional GI disorders. These include better understanding of the complex gut-brain interactions and their role in generating symptoms.

Dr. Van Oudenhove’s research is helping to unravel the signals that process sensation and motility, and improve targeted treatments.

Prof. Dr. Piero PORTINCASA

M.D., Internist
Ph.D. (Utrecht University, NL)
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Selected as Full Professor (University of Bologna – 2010)
Selected by the Bari Medical School as Full Prof. Internal Med (2012)

Prof. Dr. Javier SANTOS

Dr. Santos graduated in Medicine at the University of Navarra, Spain. He then trained in clinical gastroenterology and obtained the Degree of Gastrointestinal Specialist at Hospital General Universitario Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. In parallel, he completed predoctoral studies in basic and clinical research in neurogastroenterology, at the Digestive Diseases Research Unit, Department of Gastroenterology Hospital Vall d’Hebron, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. and later he moved for a 3-year postdoctoral stage in immunology and gastrointestinal physiology, to the Intestinal Disease Research Program, McMaster University, Canada.

Prof. Dr. Edoardo SAVARINO

University of Padova | UNIPD · Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology DISCOG
Assistant Professor
Dr. Edoardo Vincenzo Savarino received his Medical and Ph.D. degree from the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. From 2004 to 2011, he completed his residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy at Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria San Martino of Genoa. From 2006 to 2007, he was also a Research Fellow at University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011, he became Assistant Professor at University of Padua. Presently, he is Professor of Medicine.

Prof. Dr. Magnus SIMREN

Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Gothenburg
Senior Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.


Dr. Ami D. Sperber is Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dr. Sperber was born and raised in New York City and immigrated to Israel at the age of 23. In 1981 he received his MD degree from the medical school of Ben-Gurion University. In 1992 he completed an MSPH (Master of Science in Public Health) degree from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his training in Gastroenterology in the Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and worked there as a senior gastroenterologist, specializing in functional disorders of the GI tract, until his recent retirement in 2009. Dr. Sperber continues to see patients and works as a senior consultant at the Functional GI Disorders Service at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center, which he was instrumental in establishing.

Prof. Dr. Jan Tack

Professor Jan Tack is currently a Head of Clinic in the Department of Gastroenterology, a Professor in Internal Medicine and head of the Department of Pathophysiology at the University of Leuven, and a principal researcher in the Center for Gastroenterological Research at the University of Leuven. He graduated summa cum laude in 1987 from the University of Leuven and specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the same institution.

Prof. Dr. Radu TUTUIAN

Gastroenterologist, Primary Care Doctor
Specialist in Gastroenterology FMH
Specialist in Internal Medicine FMH
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography