Jennifer Myers

Jennifer Myers

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Jenny Myers is a Clinical Scientist Oesophageal Function, CALHN (Queen Elizabeth Hospital &Royal Adelaide Hospital) and a Senior Lecturer and member of the research team in the University of Adelaide Department of Surgery. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of upper gastrointestinal motility with specific interests in motility disorders, gastro-oesophageal reflux and upper GI surgery, including fundoplication cardiomyotomy and bariatric surgery. Jenny completed a higher degree (PhD) evaluating factors that contribute to increased risk of troublesome dysphagia after anti-reflux surgery. Expertise in high resolution manometry, intra-luminal impedance and ambulatory reflux monitoring.

Oesophageal Function in Health and Disease

Upper GI Research Group

The overarching aim of my clinical research is to develop scientific measures of upper GI function and oesophageal function that lead to better understanding of symptoms for improved treatment outcomes.  

Our aims are to:

  • Advance physiological measurements that better inform management of Upper GI diseases, including 
    • Oesophageal motility disorders
    • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
    • Laparoscopic surgery, including fundoplication, cardiomyotomy, bariatric procedures

Recent discoveries include:

  • Exploration of dysphagia after fundoplication revealed
    • 'Oesophageal ileus’ contributes to dysphagia in the early period after fundoplication
    • Sub-optimal relationship between swallow pressure and bolus flow increases dysphagia risk 
    • Asymmetrical oesophago-gastric junction pressure and troublesome dysphagia after antirelfux surgery may relate to hiatal repair

The current research programs are:

  • Examining the relationship between luminal diameter and flow through the oesophago-gastric junction, with regard to the symptom of dysphagia after fundoplication;
  • Incidence of bile reflux after bariatric surgery, such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery;
  • High resolution manometry with intraluminal impedance in patients with dysphagia.

Research funding acknowledgements

Our higher degree researcher is funded by: Richard Jepson Research Scholarship, from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Anatomical Factors Contributing to Troublesome Dysphagia after Anti-Reflux Surgery Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Part Time Dr Siang Wei Gan
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Bile Reflux Post-Bariatric Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Thomas Andrew Eldredge
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Proton pump inhibitors in patients with reflux symptoms The University of Edinburgh Master of Science in Surgical Science Master - Jagnoor Chugha
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Best predictors of a good outcome following anti-reflux surgery Flinders University Master of Surgery Higher Doctorate - Rippan Shukla
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus Canada
    2020 - ongoing Member American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society United States
    2014 - ongoing Member ANGMA Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member ASMR Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member AANZGOSA Australia

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