Div. of Gastroenterology, McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton, Ont., Canada
Guido N.J. Tytgat
Dept. of Hepato-Gastroenterology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The explosion of new information on Helicobacter pylori-related disease, both in the basic sciences and in clinical medicine, has continued to progress at an unprecedented pace. In many instances H. pylori infection, both in man and in the laboratory animal, has become a model to investigate fundamental biological issues such as micro-organism host interactions, intracellular signaling, development of mucosal atrophy, mechanism of microbial resistance, disease modifying factors etc.
In view of this bewildering flood of new information, another meeting on H. pylori in the successful series `Basic mechanisms to clinical cure' was organized in January 1998 in San Diego, California, to define the `state-of-affairs' in H. pylori research at this time. The main objective was to integrate this new information in a series of top-quality presentations and discussions between investigators and clinicians addressing all aspects of H. pylori research and to review the current position and future research directions. The format included state-of-the-art presentations by world experts heavily involved in H. pylori research followed by in-depth discussion on intriguing or controversial issues. The presentations were grouped according to the leading theme: characteristics of the organism, mode of transmission, mechanisms of H. pylori-induced inflammation, causation of disturbances of gastric secretory and motor function, aspects of clinical presentation and management, problems related to H. pylori-associated gastric adenocarcinoma and MALT-lymphoma, novel aspects of antimicrobial therapy and vaccination. The meeting concluded with a synoptic agenda of suggested future studies for the microbiologist, the histopathologist and the clinician.
The chapters published in these proceedings accurately reflect the content of the superb presentations. The reader will readily appreciate the excellent level of the `cutting-edge' research which was described and discussed. These proceedings are another testimony to the enormous impact on basic science and clinical medicine of the H. pylori discovery. Although much was achieved, it is also readily apparent that many questions remain to be answered and many problems remain to be solved.
Preface; R.H. Hunt, G.N.J. Tytgat. Section I. H. pylori � The Organism. Section II. H. Pylori � Transmission. Section III. H. pylori � Inflammation. Section IV. H. pylori � Functional Secretory and Motor Disturbances. Section V. H. pylori � Pathological Aspects. Section VI. Clinical Aspects of H. pylori Infection. Section VII. H. pylori � Associated Gastric Cancer and Lymphoma. Section VIII. H. pylori � Treatment Issues. Section IX. The Future of H. pylori Research. Index