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European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus Congress News

Het UMC Utrecht is dit jaar de organisator van het Europese slokdarm congres European Society Diseases of the Esophagus. Experts vanuit de hele wereld komen naar Utrecht om ervaringen en nieuwe behandelmethoden te bespreken.

Organisatoren zijn Prof. Richard van Hillegersberg, Dr. Jelle Ruurda en Prof. Peter Siersema.


Precourses Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and IRCAD course on Flexible Endoscopic Interventions

Two precourses will be organized prior to the ESDE: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE) and the IRCAD course on Flexible Endoscopic Interventions. Both courses will give you the opportunity to come into contact with and learn from international experts in both fields. Interesting lectures will be given by keynote speakers and in hands-on sessions you will get the chance to enhance your own skills under expert tutorial.

For more information or to register, visit the ESDE website:







Precourse Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

During the morning session several international keynote speakers will lecture about the possibilities of minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE). Subjects such as anastomotic techniques
for MIE, the implementation of MIE and tips and tricks will be discussed. In the afternoon you will be able to practice MIE yourself during a hands-on session at the Department of Anatomy. This
precourse is your chance to learn all about MIE from experts in the field!

For more information or to register, visit the ESDE website:






Precourse IRCAD course on Flexible Endoscopic Interventions

During the morning session several keynote speakers will lecture about the application of algorithms concerning flexible endoscopy in patient treatment. The implementation of stenting and
dilatation, the POEM procedure, and management of intrathoracic anastomotic leakage will be discussed. In the afternoon there will be a hands-on session under expert tutorial.

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Scientific Highlights

The scientific program is scheduled on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of November. The Organizing Committee carefully designed a program which offers the opportunity to exchange clinical and
scientific knowledge on the latest developments and emerging challenges in the field of malignant and benign diseases of the esophagus. The venue of the program is ‘De Winkel van Sinkel’, located in the city center and will provide the perfect setting for this important meeting.




De Winkel van Sinkel



Scientific Highlights – Thursday 9 November

On Thurday, you will have the opportunity to choose between attending sessions regarding malignant or benign diseases of the esophagus. Within the field of esophageal cancer, special focus will lay on staging of esophageal cancer, optimizing neoadjuvant therapy for esophagogastric cancer, surgical treatment after neoadjuvant therapy, and the role of fast track recovery after esophageal
surgery. The session concerning benign diseases of the esophagus will concentrate on GERD, achalasia, diaphragmatic hernia and challenges after paraesophageal hernia repair.




Researchgroup UMC Utrecht



Scientific Highlights – Friday 10 November

On Friday, various surgical techniques and the role of robotic surgery will be discussed in detail. In addition, the prevention and management of anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy will be
debated. Other sessions focus on Barrett’s esophagus, GERD and achalasia. Several sessions will be left to the initiative of young investigators, and oral presentations. Throughout both days there
are opportunities to meet world renowned specialists in all fields of esophageal diseases.

UMC Utrecht




Social – Canals

You will have the opportunity to explore Utrecht from the water, which will treat you to an entirely different view of the city. See the historic façades of wharf side houses, sculpted
tableaux, and all kinds of impressive trees along the canals, some of which are over 200 years old!






Social – Welcome Reception

A welcome reception will be hosted on the 8th of November, starting at 18:00h. At this reception you will have the opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and colleagues while enjoying a drink and a bite.






Social – Congress Diner

Join us for the congress diner in the historical ‘Academiegebouw’ on the 9th of November. This building was constructed in 1462 and still serves a multitude of purposes for the University
Utrecht. The diner will take place in the astonishing ‘Senaatszaal’, which is the chamber where professors used to congregate. Many of their portraits are displayed on the walls and the room is
currently employed to host PhD defenses. Tickets for the congress diner can be purchased upon registration.

Utrecht – Dom Tower

The Dom Tower is the pride of Utrecht. Climbing the Dom Tower is a wonderful opportunity to explore the city of Utrecht in an entirely different way! Via 465 steps (there is no lift), a guide will
take you to the top of the highest church tower in the Netherlands.




Utrecht – Utrecht University (UU)

Utrecht University (UU) stands for broad and interdisciplinary education. Students at UU learn to look beyond the boundaries of their fields of study and work together in interdisciplinary
projects. Students and high-ranking scientists work together on a better future. The main building of UU is located next to the Dom Tower in the city center and has some beautiful halls which you
can visit.






Utrecht – Amelisweerd & Rhijnauwen Fortress
If you have some extra time and would like to go out of the city, Amelisweerd and Rhijnauwen fortress are located within 5km of the city center. Do as the Dutch do and go by bike! The history
of the estates dates back to the 13th century; the original castle, however, was destroyed by the French in 1672, leaving only the foundation. The current castle was constructed in 1770.