• April 2021

    Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month: BSW Researcher Shares Best Practices for Barrett’s Esophagus Exams

The team at BSWRI’s Center for Esophageal Research and its clinical counterpart, the BSW Center for Esophageal Disease, have established a reputation as leaders in esophageal disorders. Their impact on clinical advancements and innovative research have helped bring national attention to the program.

In support of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) published a custom video series during the month of April featuring tips and guidance for endoscopists in training as well as advanced practitioners, and asked our own Vani Konda, MD, FASGE to participate in one of the features.

Her tutorial, How to Perform a High Quality Examination for Barrett’s Esophagus, can be found on ASGE’s website.

The team’s research portfolio includes collaborative multi-site initiatives funded by the NIH, as well as investigator-initiated studies funded by Baylor Scott & White. Most recently, Gastroenterology published a paper titled, In Esophageal Squamous Cells from Eosinophilic Esophagitis Patients, Th2 Cytokines Increase Eotaxin-3 Secretion through Effects on Intracellular Calcium and a Non-Gastric Proton Pump, based on one of the team’s investigator-initiated studies.

The Center for Esophageal Research is devoted to conducting innovative, translational research in a multidisciplinary setting in order to advance understanding of esophageal diseases and to improve the treatment of patients with those diseases.

Focus Areas of Translational Research Within The Center For Esophageal Research:

  • Reflux Esophagitis/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Non-Erosive Reflux Disease (NERD)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal Adenocarcinoma
  • Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma
  • Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Advanced Endoscopic Imaging of Esophageal Diseases
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis