About the website BEST Academia

This website provides information on the endoscopic management of Barrett’s oesophagus, including video material and powerpoint presentations to download on imaging, treatment and pathology, as well as information regarding training courses.

BEST Academia

BEST-Academia is a webbased training platform to teach endoscopists how and in whom to perform safe and justified endoscopic treatment in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus. It provides information on how to interpret endoscopic images, how to use a variety of endoscopic treatment modalities, and how to perform optimal post-treatment surveillance.  BEST-academia also contains training materials for pathologists to assist them in improving their histopathological evaluation of biopsies and resection specimens. The Program Committee, consisting of international experts in this field, is responsible for the contents of BEST Academia. The use of the contents of the BEST-Academia is free for use by all health care professionals. We do appreciate if you acknowledge BEST-academia if you use materials from BEST-Academia in presentations or publications.
BEST-academia has also developed a range of specific training modules that are available or will come available in 2016-2017. These modules focus on the endoscopic detection of early Barrett’s neoplasia using a variety of different endoscopic techniques and on the histopathological assessment of Barrett’s neoplasia. These training modules have been developed by Meducati (www.meducati.com) and the program committee of BEST-academia



Optimal selection of patients for endoscopic treatment is imperative for treatment success.

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Endoscopic treatment has replaced surgery as the first management strategy for early Barrett's neoplasia.

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Adequate histopathological assessment is of paramount importance in the management of Barrett’s esophagus.

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Our European team of experts is responsible for the contents of the BEST Academia.

Rehan Haidry

University College Hospital, London
United Kingdom

Rehan Haidry is a consultant gastroenterologist and endoscopist at University College Hospital, London, one of the countries’ leading teaching hospitals. He has an expertise in general gastroenterology and hepatology. He trained at St Mary’s Hospital in London and completed his Gastroenterology training in North East London. He ten undertook  prestigious 2 year research fellowship at UCLH examining novel diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic techniques in the upper gastrointestinal tract including endoscopic treatment of early cancers.  He has a particular interest in managing and treating patients with acid reflux symptoms and also Barrett’s Oesophagus.

He has on going clinical research commitments at the National Medical Laser Centre, at the world leading University college London. His research interests are focused on the development of new methods for detecting and treating dysplasia (early cancer) in Barrett’s Oesophagus and other pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract.


Jacques Bergman

Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jacques Bergman is professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and director of Endoscopy at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam. He is leader of the AMC Esophageal Research Team, member of the International Working Group on the Classification of Oesophagitis (IWGCO), chair of the Barrett’s Advisory Committee of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Amsterdam, and treasurer of the Dutch National Barrett’s Registration Foundation. Jacques Bergman has a special interest in endoscopic detection and treatment of early neoplasia in the upper digestive tract.

Research support in the form of grants and materials for conducting studies for BÂRRX Medical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA; Olympus Endoscopy, Tokyo, Japan; and Wilson-Cook, Limerick, Ireland; AstraZeneca b.v., the Netherlands

Bas Weusten

St. Antonius Hospital
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Bas Weusten is head of the department of Digestive Endoscopy of the St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, and is appointed as professor Innovative GI Endoscopy at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam / University of Amsterdam. He is president of the Dutch society of digestive endoscopy. Bas Weusten enjoys combining clinical work with research, both of which are mainly focused on detection and endoscopic treatment of early neoplasia of the (upper) digestive tract.

Raf Bisschops

University Hospital
Leuven, Belgium

Raf Bisschops is head of the endoscopy unit at the University Hospitals Leuven in Leuven, Belgium and associated professor at the faculty of biomedical sciences of the Catholic University of Leuven. He is chairman of the ESGE quality improvement committee for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, a member of the ESGE scientific committee and  co-editor of the ESGE journal “Endoscopy”.  Raf Bisschops has a main interest in research regarding detection and treatment of early neoplasia throughout the gastrointestinal tract, including early Barrett’s neoplasia.

Research support in the form of research grants and material from  Pentax, Cook, Fujifilm, Olympus, ERBE, Covidien.

Roos Pouw

Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Roos Pouw is a registrar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Before starting her training in gastroenterology and endoscopy. In 2011 Roos Pouw obtained her PhD-degree Cum Laude with her thesis entitled “Endoscopic eradication of Barrett’s esophagus with early neoplasia”. Next to her clinical training, she is active as a post-doc in the esophageal research team at the AMC, and as an active member of the BEST Academia.

Sybren Meijer

Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sybren Meijer is a consultant histopathologist at the department of pathology at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After a fellowship at the Dutch Cancer Institute he returned to the department he received his training where he now combines his interest in clinical and scientific work with teaching. His special histopathological and scientific interests include diagnosis and endoscopic treatment of early neoplasms of the upper gastrointestinal tract and he is active in the AMC Esophageal Research Team.

Oliver Pech

St. John of God Hospital
Regensburg, Germany

Oliver Pech is head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Interventional Endoscopy at the Hospital Barmherzige Brüder (St. John of God Hospital) in Regensburg, Germany. He is member of the International Working Group on the Classification of Oesophagitis (IWGCO), Associate Editor for Endoscopy for the UEG Journal and in the Editorial Board of several scientific journals. Oliver Pech has a special interest for the detection and treatment of early Barrett’s neoplasia.

Research support from Hitachi, Covidien and ERBE.

Michael Vieth

Klinikum Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

Michael Vieth is director of the Institute of Pathology at the Klinikum Bayreuth. He is member of the International Working group on the classification of Oesophagitis (IWGCO). He is an associate professor of the medical faculty of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and holds further lectureships at the University of Bayreuth, Department of Biopolymers and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Pathology. His field of clinical, histopathological and scientific interests include
diagnosis and endoscopic treatment of early gastrointestinal neoplasms and inflammatory disorders of the GI-tract.

Fees from speakers bureau of BARRX, Covidien, Shire, AstraZeneca, Olympus Endoscopy, FALK, Malesci, Pentax, MaunaKea, Amgen.

Thierry Ponchon

Edouard Herriot University Hospital
Lyon, France

Thierry Ponchon is Head of the Digestive Disease Department at Edouard Herriot University Hospital, Lyon, France. He has been president of the French Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SFED). He is now Secretary General of the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESGE) and chairman elect of the public affairs committee of the United European Gastroenterology. He developed experimental research activities in INSERM U1012 (Medical applications of ultrasounds and non ionizing radiations), and clinical research activities as head of the research committees of the SFED and ESGE.  He is in charge of the French diploma on interventional endoscopy and he is now editor-in-chief of the journal Endoscopy International Open.

Advisory board member for Mayoly-Spindler, Ipsen, Olympus, Boston Scientific.

Frédéric Prat

Cochin Hospital
Paris, France

Frédéric Prat is head of the endoscopy unit in Cochin Hospital in Paris and a research team leader in Paris-Descartes University.
The unit covers all fields of diagnostic and interventional endoscopy with major fields of expertise and research in endosonography and ERCP, biliary and pancreatic disorders, endoscopic management of Barrett’s oesophagus and superficial digestive tumors. Most recent publications and ongoing studies cover the exploration of undetermined biliary strictures, confocal endomicroscopy, Barrett’s oesophagus radiofrequency ablation, EUS-FNA, biliary and oesophageal stricture management and prevention, the development of new devices for ESD.

Guido Costamagna

Università  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Rome, Italy

Guido Costamagna is head of the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico A. Gemelli, Rome. He is President Elect of the Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED), member of the Board of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), and member of the Editorial Board of several journals. He enjoys teaching and clinical research, with as main areas of interest: chronic pancreatitis, malignant diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts, endoscopic management of GERD and evaluation & development of new devices in GI endoscopy.

Research support in the form of grants and materials for conducting studies for Cook Endoscopy, Boston Scientific and Given Imaging. Medical advisory board for Cook endoscopy, Boston Scientific and Eisai.

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