This issue of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology is the first to include the official mention of the link that has been established between this journal and World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO).
It is the fruit of the long-standing cooperation established between its Editor in Chief, Dr Martin Floch, several members of its editorial board, and OESO. We are pleased that today OESO is represented on that Board by the two of us.
This affiliation is particularly timely because it comes at a moment when many of OESO's projects have been brought to completion. These achievements secure the place of esophagology in the international scientific community.
The 8th OESO World Congress (www.oeso.org) will be held for the first time outside of Paris, in the historical city of Avignon, France, directly linked from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport by high-speed train. The Congress is officially endorsed by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and has been approved for 24.25 Category 1 American Medical Association PRA credits. Its main theme is “The foregut, function – dysfunction.” However, abstracts for poster and oral presentations can pertain to any and all topics relating to the upper digestive tract and are to be submitted before May 31, 2006. As for the preceding Congress, they will be published in this journal.
The OESO Foundation, the arm of OESO for continuing medical education, has been awarded by UNESCO a chair for distance learning in gastroenterology and assigned to set up a worldwide inter-university network as well as a specialized program to be proposed to its 191 member states. It will comprise a series of videoconferences and courses on the web currently being established. The program will be published in this journal.
Other useful information concerning the expansion of OESO and, in particular, the updating of the OESO Interactive Information System, which today comprises 5000 pages of questions and answers dealing with esophagology, will also appear in this journal.
We know that the readers of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and the members of OESO will enjoy the benefits of a fruitful and worthwhile cooperation.
The above editorial is written by Professor Siewert, who is President of OESO, and Professor Giuli, who is the Founder and Scientific Director. OESO has held seven World Congresses, occurring every three years, and the eighth will be the third time the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology has published the abstracts. The organization certainly has demonstrated its continuity and its excellence.
We are proud that it has chosen our publication as the official journal for OESO. The alliance should bear fruits both for the organization and for the journal. The abstracts of the September meeting will be published in a supplement and distributed to all of the readership. We hope that many of the readers will attend the meeting in Avignon. It is an outstanding event, and the faculty and participants represent the leadership and major scientific contributors in the field of the esophagus and the foregut.
Martin H. Floch, MD
Editor in Chief, Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine