All of us have participated in young investigator meetings, so when we were thinking about organizing one ourselves we wanted to come up with something innovative that would produce long-lasting interactions and not just provide more tools to write a good manuscript. Today, nothing is more important than networking to buildup successful collaborations with scientific output. Therefore, we created a new format of independent young investigator meeting that we named nEUROgastro TANDEM. In language learning, Tandem is a method based on mutual language exchange between tandem partners (ideally each learner is a native speaker in the language the proponent wants to learn). Similiarly, nEUROgastro TANDEM is teaming up one basic and one clinical scientists or practitioner to form a team and teach each other their “language” as often, the clinicians are not aware of crucial basic knowledge and basic scientists are not aware of clinical relevance.
nEUROgastro TANDEM should take place prior to the European Neurogastroenterology and Motility meeting every two years.
The meeting takes approximately two full days. Presentations should be 30 min in total (20+10 Q&A). There should be two “senior” talks embedded that are generally aimed at sharing experience or giving advice on a successful career.
After application and review process by the organizing committee, ten clinical and ten basic applicants are chosen and paired up ten weeks at least prior to the meeting. Each team is mentored by a member of the organizing committee. Teams are requested to compose a translational pilot & feasibility project proposal to be presented within 20 min at the nEUROgastro TANDEM meeting. Projects will be discussed and scored by all participants. The project/team with the highest score will get funding of 5,000 € that is intended as startup money with the goal to lead to an independent grant. The second team will receive prize money of 500 €.
Applications in English language are accepted from candidates who meet the following criteria:
· Former TANDEM participants can apply again.
Applicants are asked to submit their CV (one page), a letter of motivation (one page) which summarizes the applicants’ research skills and interests and a publication list (if available, not required). A support letter from the applicants' PI or head of the department, which clearly states the support and assistance to carry out the project in case of success, is also required. All documents should be submitted in English language.
Women are encouraged to apply. Even gender distribution is intended.
Evaluation based on:
Innovativeness: What will the study bring in term of concept and/or new patho-physiological pathway? May the results ultimately translate into clinical application?
Feasibility: Is the project likely to be achieved in the requested time and budget? Is the project based on the scientific/technical expertise of each team mate and/or team mate research center?
Appropriate methodology: Is the methodology suited to reach the study aims?
Budget: What is the overall budget of the research project and is the research project achievable within the budget? How balanced is the budget among the 2 team mates? What is the plan to spend the money?
Presentation: How are aim, methodology, expected results and budget presented in the time of 20 min?
Points: For each category 1-5 points can be awarded: 1 = outstanding. 2 = very good. 3 = good, 4 = average, 5 = poor
This is a low budget meeting. The funding relies on money raised by the organizers. Funding will be requested from the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and the national Neurogastro societies. If they cannot contribute prior to the meeting in cash, they are asked to cover their national participants’ travel expenses.
Ekin Demir (TU München, Germany)
Miriam Goebel-Stengel (HELIOS Klinikum, Zerbst, Germany)
Guillaume Gourcerol (University Hospital Rouen, France)
Gemma Mazzuoli-Weber (TiHo Hannover, Germany)
Andreas Stengel (Charité, Berlin, Germany)
Mira Wouters (University Leuven, Belgium)
The organizing committee oversees preparing the meeting (planning, mentoring), raising money and conducting (as a moderator and/or speaker) the meeting. For each single meeting one local organizer will be asked to join the organizing committee, resulting in n=7 at the most.
Every two years, two organizers will be replaced by two new ones. This way, continuity will be ensured. The new ones should be suggested by the organizers or advisory board.
Two members of the ESNM steering committee will be asked to serve as informal advisors. They will serve for at least four years (or two meetings) and can be replaced thereafter.
Every decision, change in the rules, proposal and new idea must be discussed within the organizing committee and ran by the advisory board before acceptance.
Patrick Kollmann (TU München) is currently in charge of keeping the website up-to-date. His payment is based on demand but will not exceed 800 Euro/meeting.