First European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2003
This first European Summerschool Neurogastroenerology was successfully held at Schloss Haigerloch
(Haigerloch Castle) (www.schloss-haigerloch.de) near Tübingen, Germany between August 24 and 29,
2003. An international faculty of 10 speakers from 7 European countries (see below) was engaged to teach
25 participants from 16 (!) countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland) the basics as well as the lastest
in science of neurogastroenterology, an emerging field between gastroenterology and the neurosciences.
Faculty and Topics: David Thompson, Manchester, U.K.: Central signal processing of gastrointestinal
informations; David Grundy, Sheffield, U.K.: Afferent intestinal signalling (extrinsic gut innervation); Paul
Enck, Tübingen, Germany: Placebo responses in clinical trials in gastroenterology; Fernando Azpiroz,
Barcelona, Spain: Interpretation of stimulus responses in humans; 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; Jan Tack, Leuven,
Belgium: Symptomatology of visceral informations; Peter Holzer, Graz, Austria: Pharmacotherapy of
gastrointestinal functions; Lionel Bueno, Toulouse, France: Stress and GI functions (motility, sensation).
The Summerschool format – oral presentations by experts intermingled with discussions and group work
devoted to specific hot topics such as "Is the VR1 (TRPV1) receptor a potential drug target in IBS? Does
the enteric nervous system operate in isolation? Why, where and how to image the gut in the brain? Is IBS
a motor or sensory GI disorder or both?" made the week a learning experience not only for the students but
also for the faculty, many of which also stayed for the entire week.
The social program included a welcome reception, a guided city tour of Tübingen, a "Biergarten" dinner, an
"art walk" through the art collection of Schloss Haigerloch, and a visit of the Atomic Museum Haigerloch.
Nights were usually finished at the hotel restaurant bar.
The course was organized by the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
(www.neurogastro.de) under the auspices of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology
It is envisioned to repeat this experience both in Europe and in North-America in
the coming year (for details check www.neurogastro.de in due course):
Second European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2004
Third European Summer School on Neurogastroenterology 2006