Work Groups

Collaboration &
Funding
Education Scientific Public Relations
Torsten Kucharzik Giovanni Macconi
Anil Kumar Asthana
Kerri Novak
Kim Nylund
Rune Wilkens
Steven Bots

With reference to the board, IBUS Group has four work groups with different responsibilities, decided by the board. Each work group member is suggested by the board.

Collaboration & Funding

Ensuring sufficient funding for all key activities is essential. Main funding sources are Pharma and medico-industry. All financial agreements will be conducted through the member(s) of this WG. Collaborating with other opinion leaders within the field of IBD is important. Reaching out to other societies or individuals is also an important task within this WG.

Education

All overall educational activities are planned by this WG, with highest focus on Module I and II. Other important additional educational activities like webinars and e-learning will receive increasing attention from this WG.

Research

This working group has a major task to coordinate, initiate and conduct research and a research strategy in order to cover the most important research questions within intestinal ultrasound. The WG will focus on both clinical research with international and multicenter trials a long with systematic reviews/meta-analyses.

Public Relations

Disseminating knowledge of intestinal ultrasound is the overall goal of the IBUS Group. The PR WGs major task is to focus on internal and external online communication through building a website and online communication platform plus social media presence. Other key elements are e-learning platform and a secure central reading system for research purposes.

Board Members / Working Group Members

CHAIR

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Maaser, MD

Ambulanzzentrum am Klinikum Lueneburg, Germany
University of Muenster, University of Hamburg, Germany

e-mail: cm[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / Benefit

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COLLABORATION & FUNDING

Prof. Dr. med. Torsten Kucharzik, MD

Lüneburg Hospital, Germany
University of Hamburg, Germany

e-mail: tk[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems perianal, learning / teaching, disease activity

Featured research:

EDUCATION

Ass. Prof. Giovanni Maconi, MD

Luigi Sacco University Hospital, Milan, Italy
University of Milan, Italy

e-mail: gm[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, CEUS, perianal, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit

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EDUCATION

Anil Kumar Asthana, MD, MBBS, MRCS, FRACP

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Monash University, Australia

e-mail: aa[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit

Featured research:

Biography

Dr Anil Asthana is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He completed his undergraduate medical degree from Kings' College London, UK. Anil completed his Gastroenterology training from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has expertise in IBD and his special interests include GIUS. He is one of the few physicians in Australia performing this. He was given the VESKI award for his work on GIUS in IBD. Dr Anil Asthana has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters and continues his focus on training physicians using GIUS in IBD and functional gut disorders.

SCIENTIFIC

Clinical assistant prof. Kerri L Novak, MD, FRCCP

Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, AB, Canada
University of Calgary, AB, Canada

e-mail: kln[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, CEUS, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit 

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Biography

Kerri is the mother of two girls and loves the mountains. Kerri is an academic gastroenterologist based at the University of Calgary, IBD unit. She is passionate about bowel ultrasound and believes ultrasound will change the way we understand the gut and how we practice gastroenterology.

SCIENTIFIC

Post Doc Kim Nylund, MD, PhD

Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
University of Bergen, Norway

e-mail: kny[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, CEUS, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

Rune Levring Wilkens, MD, PhD

Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

e-mail: rw[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, CEUS, perianal, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit 

Featured research:

Biography

Dr. Rune Wilkens, ph.d. is a Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellow in Denmark. Rune learned his ultrasound skills from two years in Radiology with focus on abdominal ultrasound. He trained in Intestinal ultrasound in Germany and Canada and made his ph.d. within Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound in Crohn's Disease. Runes main interests are IBD, Imaging with special focus on Ultrasound and MRE, Healthcare IT, innovation and communication.

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION

Raimonda Gettowski

Competence Network for Intestinal Diseases, Kiel, Germany

e-mail: rg[at]bowel-ultrasound.org

Research Interests: Standardization / reproducibility, scoring systems, learning / teaching, disease activity, cost / benefit