Inaugural Lecture - Professor Daniel Sifrim

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9 November 2010

Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Building, Newark Street, Whitechapel

Most common symptoms due to benign oesophageal diseases are heartburn, dysphagia and chest pain being the first very prevalent in the western world. The pathophysiological mechanisms generating these symptoms involve a) motility changes of the gastro-oesophageal region, b) reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus and c) changes in perception of passage of fluids or solids moving within the oesophagus. Over the last 20 years, Professor Sifrim has been studying first in Belgium and now in the UK these mechanisms in order to improve both diagnosis and treatments of benign oesophageal disorders. 

Professor Daniel Sifrim was born in Argentina in 1955 and completed his Medical and Gastroenterology training in 1987 at the Buenos Aires University. In 1990 he moved to Belgium and obtained a PhD degree at the University of Leuven. From 1994 - 2008, Professor Sifrim developed his clinical research and academic career in Belgium and was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Leuven in 2007. He has been Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry since February 2009. He has developed new diagnostic techniques for esophageal disorders and has authored more than 100 original articles in this field.

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