A seed of an idea/the flowering of therapy
Date: November 15, 2011
I can’t help but think that one of the most satisfying of all human experiences is to come up with an idea—with nothing more pressing on your mind, perhaps, than the time on your alarm clock or the word that your flight is boarding—and get to watch as that idea takes root and grows.
All of the stories in this issue of Inside Tract show the power of ideas. They’re in various stages of being translated, from the farther-along Hemospray for ulcers and cryotherapy for ablating tissue in Barrett’s esophagus (page 2), to our earlier-days front page NOTES procedure for achalasia—now getting its first U.S. introduction as performed by gastroenterologists.
But for all of the ideas, the potential is clear. And their development is on track.
It’s especially exciting to imagine what could come from the intestinal membrane targets that Mark Donowitz and his team have been advancing to control diarrhea. Translating those ideas could have a global impact on, literally, millions of people. That’s an amazing return on something you’ve been thinking of in the small hours of the morning.
Anthony N. Kalloo, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Division of
Gastroenterology and Hepatology