Scientific program 06.03.2023.

Dear future participants,


we continue on with the announcements of our keynote lectures - the next one being held by Agata Ladić, MD, PhD.


The topic of her lecture at this year's congress is “Functional gastrointestinal disorders”. These disorders encompass a broad spectrum of entities, covering every section of GI tract, with most frequent diagnoses being; irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and functional constipation. The main characteristic of these disorders is that patients have no organic explanation for their symptoms, which often leads to labelling patients as psychiatric cases.


Doctor Ladić was born in Zagreb in 1977, where she finished science and math gymnasium, as well as secondary music school. After secondary school, she spent a year in Norfolk, UK, where she served as an assistant in a private school and was educated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon returning to Zagreb, she obtained her MD in 2002 and started working in University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2004. Since 2014, she is highly involved in the field of functional diseases in gastroenterology and was the first one in the UHC Zagreb to start performing functional diagnostics. She was trained in the UK, Belgium and in the Netherlands, but also attended many courses on this matter. In 2018, she obtained her PhD in bioscience from Medical School Zagreb. Considering a deep gut-brain connection, she is currently being trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy. She also serves as a member of both multidisciplinary cystic fibrosis team in her hospital and of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility. She is a mother of five daughters and besides medicine is deeply involved in music.


We hope you find the lecture interesting and useful in your future clinical practice. Can’t wait to see you all in Zagreb in April! 


Your CROSS team

CROSS 19 / April 9 - 12, 2024.