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Endoscopy Research Award 2016

ProjectsThe Olympus Europe Foundation, in association with the German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS), is pleased to present the 2016 Endoscopy Research Award to Dr. Eugen Zizer, from the Center for Internal Medicine at Ulm University Hospital.

This is the seventh time, the Olympus Europe Foundation Science for Life has awarded the research prize, which included a EUR 15,000 endowment, for excellence in basic or clinical research in the area of endoscopy. The jury made up of renowned gastroenterologists selected Dr. Eugen Zizer's work entitled : "A new 3D-printed overtube system for endoscopic submucosal dissection: first results of a randomized study in a porcine model." In this work, the scientist goes on to describe the use of a 3D-printed overtube system for performing an endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). He then comes to the groundbreaking conclusion that the overtube system appears to make the ESD technique significantly easier and faster.

Endoscopy Research Award 2015

ProjectsThe Endoscopy Research Award 2015 has been presented to Dr. Arthur Schmidt, Head of the “Endoscopic Research” Working Group at the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology-oncology, Diabetology and Infectiology, at Klinikum Ludwigsburg, Germany. In his paper entitled: “Endoscopic full-thickness resection in the colorectum with a novel over-the-scope device: first experience”, Dr. Schmidt reports on the removal of flat adenomas during a colonoscopy with a new minimally-invasive method, based on his experience with 25 patients. Until now, an operation was required to perform such a procedure.

The “Full-Thickness Resection Device” (FTRD) is a cap placed on the tip of the endoscope. Should the examining doctor find an adenoma, the lesion is then pulled into the cap, along with the tissue layers of the intestinal wall, using the grasping forceps. A special clip is then attached around the section of the intestine and is resected by closing the snare. The clip prevents a hole from forming in the intestinal wall. In future, this method may spare patients the need to undergo an operation. This will be evaluated in further studies.



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Endoscopy Research Award


The objective of the Endoscopy Research Award is to increase the attractiveness of gastroenterological endoscopy for medical talent. This is done through the promotion of research projects in gastroenterological endoscopy. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in the fields of basic research and clinical research in the field of endoscopy. It includes a prize money of € 15.000 and is awarded yearly by the Olympus Europe Foundation and the German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS).