John W. Wiley, MD

Message from ANMS President

John W. Wiley, MD

I would like to acknowledge Lin Chang for her exceptional leadership during the past two years that she served as President, ANMS. Lin led the development and implementation of a strategic plan that guides the ANMS today. We recently had Council elections and I want to congratulate our incoming officers and Council members. Gianrico Farrugia, is now President Elect. He brings years of experience as a basic and translational investigator, and Editor, Neurogastroenterology & Motility. Ronnie Fass will continue as Treasurer. I wish to thank the following individuals for their outstanding service while members of the ANMS Council: Adil Bharucha, Carlo DiLorenzo, Gary Mawe, Beverly Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Bruce Naliboff, Satish Rao and Brennan Spiegel. We are fortunate to have an exceptional group of new Council members including Kirsteen Browning, Laurie Keefer, Miguel Saps and Nick Verne and who are very enthusiastic to serve the membership.

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President for the next two years. My first order of business will be to set the agenda with several strategic initiatives that I will share in future messages. Highlights include programs within and outside the ANMS to expand and help our membership in their professional development, and seek additional funding to support research involving the Brain-Gut axis and GI motility.

We are in the process of planning the 2015 Clinical Course, the 2016 International Federation Meeting and Young Investigator Conference which will be hosted by the ANMS. Our past meetings have been very well received. We will have state-of-the-art lectures by experts from within and outside our community covering a broad range of topics that are relevant to the Brain-Gut axis, functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, as well as, "live" demonstrations at the clinical course. The Young Investigator Conference and career development program will continue to be a priority demonstrating our commitment to mentoring young investigators in our field who will become our future leaders.

As a society, we have an impressive history that attests to our on-going commitment to promote training and research in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility. Many believe the field is on the cusp of advances that will significantly impact how we diagnosis and manage our patients. Our Society is strong and well positioned for the future. I look forward to serving all of our members and committed to help the ANMS reach our goals.