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The scientific focus of the working group for endoscopy is clinical research. Our goal is to analyze, optimize and further develop new technologies with regard to their patient benefit. This refers to technical innovations or further developments in the field of endoscopy devices themselves (capsule endoscopy, endomicroscopy, cholangioscopy), accessories such as stents, new therapeutic procedures such as radiofrequency ablation or photodynamic therapy and finally also drugs that are used, for example, to treat bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

In addition to common gastrointestinal diseases (tumors, bleeding), there is also a focus on rare clinical pictures such as graft-versus-host disease or MALT lymphoma. Of course, there is close cooperation with colleagues in surgery, oncology and pathology.

The portfolio of our completed and ongoing studies includes both participation in large sponsor-initiated multicenter studies (e.g. evaluation of fully coated bile duct stents in benign bile duct obstruction) and small academic pilot studies (e.g. endomicroscopy in Barrett's esophagus or MALT lymphoma).

Overall, it should be noted that gastrointestinal endoscopy has evolved from a purely diagnostic discipline to an increasingly therapeutic, interventional application over the last few decades, and thus represents a significant technology carrier of medical progress.