European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2004



As with the first European Summerschool Neurogastroenerology, the second summerschool event at Schloss Haigerloch (Haigerloch Castle) ( near Tübingen, Germany held between August 22 to 29, 2004 was a very success. This time, 25 students from around the world (from Russia to Brazil and Canada, from Denmark to Italy) were "entertained" by 7 faculty members ("Group of Seven") who gave an update on the latest developments in neurogastroenterology, from basic science to clinical applications.

Faculty and Topics: David Thompson, Manchester, U.K.: Central signal processing of gastrointestinal information; David Grundy, Sheffield, U.K.: Afferent and efferent intestinal signalling (extrinsic gut innervation); Paul Enck, Tübingen, Germany: Biology and psychology of the placebo response; Hans Gregerssen, Aalborg, Denmark: Biomechanics of the gut wall; Michael Schemann, Munich, Germany: Enteric innervation - basic and clinical; Anne Rühl, Munich, Germany: Enteric glia and other non-neuronal cell types; Roberto DiGiorgio, Bologna, Italy: Enteric neuro-muscular abnormalities; Jan Tack, Leuven, Belgium: Symptomatology of visceral information. (Key slides from these lectures may be downloaded by activation of the applied links)

The Summerschool format -- oral presentations by experts intermingled with discussions and group work devoted to specific hot topics -- remained as in the previous year, the social program included a welcome reception, a visit at "the" German castle (Burg Hohenzollern), and a visit of the Atomic Museum Haigerloch. The course was organized by the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility ( under the auspices of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology (

Next year will presumably see another course, tentatively booked for August 28 to September 2, 2005. Please check this website in due course and contact the organizer if further questions arise:

Prof. Paul Enck

University Hospitals Tuebingen

Schaffhausen Str. 113, 72072 Tuebingen, Germany


First European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2003
Third European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2006