Current Opinion in Gastroenterology was launched in 1985. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of gastroenterology is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Dr Fiocchi is originally from Rome, Italy. He graduated from the Santa Casa de Misericordia School of Medicine in São Paulo, Brazil, where he worked as junior faculty. He then moved to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA where he received additional training in internal medicine, gastroenterology and basic immunology. Dr Fiocchi is Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio, and he is currently a staff member in the departments of Pathobiology and Gastroenterology of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr Fiocchi's main scientific interests are the cellular and molecular mechanisms of IBD, areas where he has made numerous contributions through his studies on mucosal immunity, cytokines, immune-nonimmune cell interactions, and pediatric IBD. Dr Fiocchi has published numerous papers, given lectures worldwide, and organized several international meetings on various aspects of IBD pathogenesis. In addition, he has served and continues to serve on the editorial boards of several journals, including Gastroenterology, American Journal of Physiology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Digestive and Liver Disease, and has been and is a member of numerous study sections of the National Institutes of Health and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Because of his continuous funding and contribution to the field of IBD, Dr Fiocchi is the recipient of the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Premier Physician Award from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
Guido NJ Tytgat
Guido NJ Tytgat is currently Professor Emeritus of the department of Gastroenterology-Hepatology at the University of Amsterdam's Academic Medical Center. This department is a leading training unit in gastroenterology-hepatology and is world-renowned for diagnostic imaging, therapeutic endoscopy, basic and clinical research in esophageal columnar metaplasia, IBD, pancreatic diseases, liver diseases including gene therapy, hepatic transport mechanisms, gallstone diseases etc. Professor Tytgat is the author or co-author of almost 1500 publications and several atlases textbooks and chapters. He created the European Postgraduate Gastrosurgical School in Amsterdam and is currently responsible for European Postgraduate teaching programs on behalf of the EAGE. He is a member of the Dutch National Academy of Sciences and was the President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation from 2002–2005.