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  • 03 Apr 2024 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fire up your research project in the Young ISDE Research Dragon’s Den

    The Young ISDE Research Dragon’s Den will take place during the ISDE congress and is aimed to encourage and enable young researchers to execute their research idea. After initial review of submitted research projects, the highest scoring projects will be pitched to an international panel of experts during the Dragon’s Den. The experts will provide the projects with feedback that can be used to further improve the research projects.

    The winner of the Dragon’s Den will receive a cash incentive prize in support of their project, and the winning project will and supported by Young ISDE and the Research & Database Committee.

    • Deadline for application: May 10, 2024
    • Confirmation of acceptance: May 31, 2024
    • Dragon’s Den during Young ISDE session: September 22, 2024

    Full details for the application:

    • Research projects should be multicenter, international & multidisciplinary
    • Applications should adhere to the provided template
    • Applicants should be an ISDE individual member
    • Early to mid-career researchers* are encouraged to apply
    • Selected research projects must be presented live during the Dragon’s Den
    • Results of the winning research idea will be published in Diseases of the Esophagus
    • Winners will be invited to present their research at the next congress
    • Where a study requires significant resource, it should be clarified within the application whether this has been secured.

    *Any physician or surgeon less than 5 years in consultancy

    Project Criteria for consideration:

    • Feasibility
    • Necessary expertise
    • Impact
    • Can be accomplished

    How Young ISDE will support the winning project:

    • Assisting with setting up contacts for multicenter studies
    • Creating attention and awareness via international networks

    Download Application Template

    Submit a Research Project Online

  • 15 Mar 2024 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) is seeking proposals from cities interested in hosting the 2027 ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases. This event brings together experts from around the world to advance knowledge and collaboration in esophageal health.

    We invite cities in the European Region to submit proposals demonstrating their ability to accommodate the congress's needs, including suitable venues, accommodations, and transportation. Sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity are key considerations.

    The selection process will be competitive, with the ISDE Executive Committee evaluating proposals based on criteria such as venue suitability, logistical support, and financial viability.

    Interested cities should review the detailed submission guidelines online. The deadline to submit an expression of interest to host the ISDE World Congress is April 30, 2024. A shortlist of cities will be invited to submit full bids and the destination selected to host will be announced at the beginning of 2025.

    Join us in shaping the future of esophageal healthcare by hosting the 2027 ISDE World Congress. We look forward to receiving your expression of interest and welcoming the world to an inspiring congress experience. For inquiries, contact

  • 11 Mar 2024 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) has recently published a Position Statement on the benefits of endoscopic workup before embarking on bariatric surgery or endoscopic treatment for obesity. 

    Obesity is not merely a condition of excess body weight; it is often associated with various gastro-esophageal issues that can significantly impact the success and safety of interventions. Conditions such as gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernias are common in obese individuals and may be exacerbated or go unnoticed without proper diagnostic scrutiny.

    The ISDE Position Statement, available in the Diseases of the Esophagus Journal, consists of ten statements that were selected on the basis of the agreement level and clinical relevance, representing an evidence and experience-based consensus.

    Read Full Article 

  • 28 Feb 2024 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ISDE seeks applications for the next Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Diseases of the Esophagus Journal.

    Published continuously since 1986, DOTE is a leading journal in the field of esophageal diseases with a broad international readership. The journal covers all aspects of the esophagus – epidemiology, investigation and diagnosis, and multidisciplinary treatment. The journal includes clinical research papers, short reports, commissioned review articles, correspondence, book and equipment reviews, annotated abstracts and announcements of meetings.

    The 2022 Journal Impact Factor™ for Diseases of the Esophagus is 2.6; the journal is ranked 71 out of 93 in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology category.

    ISDE is seeking a gastroenterologist or medical doctor specializing in esophageal diseases, with an international reputation and record of academic excellence in clinical research and wide and inclusive knowledge of the field of esophagology to guide DOTE’s development and advancement over the next 4-8 years. The successful applicant will work jointly with our current surgical co-editor-in-chief, Magnus Nilsson, of Karolinska Institute, to develop high quality, ground-breaking scholarship in esophageal diseases.  In addition to assuming editorial control over the journal, the co-editor-in-chief will manage a staff of 38 associate editors to assure timely and accurate review of manuscripts submitted to the journal.  An honorarium is offered.

    The successful application will demonstrate:

    • a strategic vision for the journal’s ongoing development;
    • a commitment to diversity, inclusion, access and equity;
    • the ability to work collaboratively with the editorial team, staff and publishers; 
    • a clear understanding of trends in scientific journal publishing, including optimizing digital functionality and the deployment of social media channels;
    • an international network of colleagues; and
    • prior editorial experience.

    Candidates should also have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the field of esophageal diseases with a passion to build awareness and improve its visibility, expertise in current scientific methodology.

    The Co-Editors-in-Chief are supported by the publishing team and receive administrative support from the ISDE Secretariat.

    Open Co-Editor Position Description

    Applications should include:

    • CV
    • A letter (maximum 3 pages) summarizing your vision and goals for DOTE over the next 4 years, with attention to how you would like to innovate and build on DOTE’s success and to how you will promote diversity, inclusion, access and equity within the journal and the broader esophageal community. See full job description for additional guidance on points to address in your letter;

    Applications should be addressed to Mark Ferguson, Executive Director and submitted online. Any questions can be directed to Leya Duigu at All applications will be reviewed by the DOTE Co-Editor-in-Chief Search Committee.

    Applications are due no later than April 3, 2024. Interviews will be conducted virtually between April 9-19, 2024.

  • 02 Feb 2024 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On this World Cancer Day, the global community stands together to raise awareness about various forms of cancer, with a special emphasis on Esophageal Cancer—a disease that affects thousands worldwide.

    Understanding Esophageal Cancer:

    Esophageal Cancer, a malignancy of the esophagus, continues to pose significant challenges to both patients and healthcare providers. Known for its late-stage detection and aggressive nature, it's crucial to spread awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and preventive meas

    ures associated with this form of cancer.

    Risk Factors and Prevention:

    Esophageal Cancer is often linked to lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and a diet low in fruits and vegetables. Chronic acid reflux, obesity, and certain genetic factors also contribute to the risk. World Cancer Day provides an opportunity to educate individuals on adopting a healthy lifestyle and recognizing early signs that may lead to preventive action.

    The Role of Early Detection:

    Early detection is key in the fight against Esophageal Cancer. Regular screenings, especially for individuals with risk factors, can significantly improve outcomes. This World Cancer Day, medical professionals worldwide are emphasizing the importance of routine check-ups and early intervention to enhance survival rates.

    Global Initiatives and Research Advances:

    Organizations such as the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) are at the forefront of global efforts to combat Esophageal Cancer. ISDE promotes research, provides educational resources, and fosters collaboration among healthcare professionals to advance our understanding of this challenging disease.

    Patient Stories and Support:

    On World Cancer Day, we celebrate the resilience of

     individuals who have faced Esophageal Cancer and honor those who continue to fight. Sharing personal stories not only raises awareness but also provides support and inspiration to others dealing with similar challenges.

    Joining the Conversation:

    As part of the global effort to raise awareness, individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the conversation on social media platforms using hashtags such as #WorldCancerDay, #EsophagealCancerAwareness, and #ISDEAgainstCancer. This c

    ollective effort amplifies the message and encourages a sense of unity in the fight against Esophageal Cancer.


    On World Cancer Day 2024, let us come together to acknowledge the impact of Esophageal Cancer and commit to spreading awareness, fostering early detection, and supporting research initiatives. By standing united, we can make strides towards a future where Esophageal Cancer is not only better understood but also preventable and treatable.

  • 01 Feb 2024 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you – the destination for the highly anticipated 2026 ISDE World Congress has been officially selected! After careful consideration and evaluation, we are delighted to announce that the historic city of Kyoto, Japan, will play host to this prestigious event.

    Conference Destination: Kyoto, Japan

    Why Kyoto?

    1. Rich Cultural Heritage: Immerse yourself in the centuries-old traditions of Kyoto. The city, with its historic temples, traditional tea houses, and picturesque gardens, provides a unique and culturally enriching experience.

    2. Cutting-Edge Facilities: Our conference venue in Kyoto is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring a seamless and productive environment for all sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

    3. Networking Opportunities: Kyoto's serene ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for forging new connections and collaborations. Engage with professionals and experts from diverse backgrounds, all gathered in one place.

    4. Leisure Activities: Extend your stay and explore Kyoto's scenic beauty, world-class cuisine, and vibrant local markets. The city offers a perfect blend of traditional and modern attractions for an unforgettable experience.

    Save the Date!

    Conference Dates: September 16-18, 2026

  • 18 Dec 2023 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) Journal is excited to announce a significant development in expanding its global outreach with the appointment of Dr. Xiaozheng (Keith) Kang as the Associate Editor for social media in China.

    Dr. Kang, an esteemed surgical oncologist based at the Chinese National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. His active involvement in professional organizations, such as the Chinese Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (CSDE) and the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO) Youth Committee, reflects his commitment to advancing the standards of diagnosing and treating esophageal cancer in China.

    This strategic move aligns with DOTE's dedication to fostering a robust online presence, and Dr. Kang's appointment marks a pivotal step toward strengthening the journal's engagement with the dynamic social media landscape in China. As a seasoned professional, Dr. Kang is well-poised to navigate the unique channels and communication nuances prevalent in the Chinese digital sphere.

    Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Jessie Elliott, DOTE's Associate Editor for social media, and the esteemed Editors in Chief, the journal's social media platforms have experienced remarkable growth. The decision to establish a dedicated Associate Editor position for social media in China underscores the journal's commitment to tailoring its communication strategies to diverse cultural contexts.

    This initiative aims not only to expand the reach of DOTE's social media footprint but also to contribute to a broader understanding of issues related to diseases of the esophagus and the latest advancements in research. By leveraging Dr. Kang's expertise and insights, the journal endeavors to create a meaningful dialogue with medical professionals in China, fostering awareness and knowledge exchange that transcends geographical boundaries.

    As the DOTE Journal continues to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of scientific communication, this strategic appointment reinforces its position as a global leader in disseminating knowledge and promoting collaborative efforts in the field of esophageal diseases. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact of Dr. Kang's contributions to our expanding global network.

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  • 20 Oct 2023 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Editors of Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) Journal are pleased to invite submissions for the 2023 Best Junior Faculty/Trainee Manuscript Award. This award recognizes the top original research manuscript by a junior faculty or trainee author accepted for publication in the Journal between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

    Nomination Deadline: April 12, 2024. DOTE Awards

    The Journal also has an award for the most Outstanding Junior Faculty Peer Reviewer each year, and winners are determined by the Co-Editors-in-Chief based on the number of peer reviews completed, timeliness and quality of the peer review. Are you interested in becoming a Diseases of the Esophagus reviewer? If yes, register for the peer review process and create an account in the Scholar One manuscript managing system.

    Visit DOTE Awards page for more information or contact

  • 04 Oct 2023 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Young ISDE Dragon’s Den took place during the 19thISDE Congress and was aimed to encourage and enable young researchers to execute their research ideas. After initial review of submitted research projects, the highest scoring projects were pitched to an international panel of experts during the Dragon’s Den live event. The dragons provided the projects with feedback that can be used to further improve the research projects. The winner(s) of the Dragon’s Den received a USD $500 incentive prize to aid starting up her/his project, and the winning project(s) will be supported by Young ISDE and the Research & Database Committee. How will Young ISDE support the winning project? They will be assisting with setting up contacts for multicenter studies &creating attention and awareness via international networks. The Young ISDE committee aims to promote education; the exchange of scientific and medical knowledge of the esophagus among a community of trainees and young investigators from medical, surgical, associate health groups, and to facilitate the establishment of scientific connections between trainees, early career clinicians, and young investigators in the field. 

    At the announcement of the winning project, the dragons declared that all Research Projects were Phenomenal, and they would be extending the prize money to all the projects pitched. 

    We want to congratulate our first Winners of the Dragon's Den 

    Winning project:  

    Dr. Xuefeng Leng -Development of a Predictive Model for Prognostic and Recurrent Risk Factors in Esophageal Cancer: Integrating Modern Treatment Approaches  

    Runner up: 

    Dr. Hidde Overtoom - Centralization of esophageal cancer surgery - an international Delphi consensus study 

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  • 02 Sep 2023 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the Young ISDE Committee for its first Dragons Den for young researchers at the 19th ISDE World Congress on Friday, September 8th starting at 1:45 PM. During this session early-career researchers will pitch their research projects to an international panel of experts “The Dragons” who will assess and provide feedback. The Dragons will select a winning research project to receive a small incentive prize, support with establishing a multicenter study and access to expertise and mentors throughout the project.  

    The committee will also be sharing information and news about Young ISDE during the session. 

    About the Research Projects Being Pitched 

    Research projects were submitted in advance and the highest scoring proposals were selected to present during this session.This initiative is intended to provide support to early career researchers who may not otherwise have access to a network, mentors or expertise.  

    About The Young ISDE Committee 

    The Young ISDE Committee was officially launched in 2022 to help advance and support the needs of trainees, fellows and early career individuals. Co-Chaired by Sheraz Markar and Roos Pouw the committee aims to:  

    • Contribute to the development of new knowledge and advance understanding in the field of esophageal diseases, through research and scholarship, and dissemination of findings in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings. 
    • Promote education; the exchange of scientific and medical knowledge of the esophagus among a community of trainees and young investigators from medical, surgical, associate health groups. 
    • Facilitate the establishment of scientific connections between trainees, early career clinicians, and young investigators in the field. 
    • Advertise training and fellowship opportunities in the field of esophagus diseases internationally and enhance interdisciplinary training. 
    Register for the 19th World Congress

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    If you are a non-member and would like to receive updates you can join the Young ISDE mailing list

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