Third European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2006



The third European Summerschool on Neurogastroenterology almost turned into a Winterschool, with heavy snow on the first day and an unusually cold week at Schloss Haigerloch (Haigerloch Castle) ( near Tübingen, Germany for this time of the year (April 9 to 14, 2006). Twenty-two students (5 from drug companies) from around the world (from Australia to Poland) were taught by 7 distinguished 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 Grundy, Sheffield, U.K.: Afferent and efferent intestinal signalling (extrinsic gut innervation); Michael Schemann, Munich, Germany: Enteric innervation - basic and clinical; Thilo Wedel, Kiel, Germany: Enteric neuro-muscular pathologies; Hans Gregersen, Aalborg, Denmark: Biomechanics of the gut wall; David Thompson, Manchester, U.K.: Central signal processing of gastrointestinal information; Guy Boeckxstaens, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Neuroimmune interactions in the GI tract; and Jan Tack, Leuven, Belgium: Symptomatology of visceral information.

The Summerschool format -- oral presentations by experts mixed with discussions and group work devoted to specific "hot" neurogastro topics -- is by now a fixed and approved format, the venue seems perfect for a small group, the social program included a welcome reception, a visit at "the" German castle (Burg Hohenzollern), a guided tour through Tübingen, and a visit of the Atomic Museum Haigerloch. The course was organized under the auspices of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology (

It was discussed and is not yet decided whether the next summerschool will be in 2007 (April 1 to 6, 2007) or in 2008, and some reasons argue in favor of a biannual event. Please check this website in due course for further information, and express you interest by writing a letter to:

Prof. Paul Enck

University Hospitals Tuebingen

Osianderstr 5, 72076 Tübingen, Germany


First European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2003
Second European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2004