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Microbiota and the brain-gut connection

Written by Stefanie Twist
Reviewed by Dr. Premsyl Bercik

In the past few years, attention devoted to microbiota and the brain-gut connection has increased. Gut microbiota encompasses the bacterial colonies, fungi, viruses, and other microbes that live within our gastrointestinal tract.(1, 2) Importance of bacteria in our GI tract should not be understated as they contribute to key biological processes in our body. However, when there are changes to this balance, it can be the reason symptoms develop.
Microbiota development starts at birth. Factors such as vaginal versus cesarean birth and breastfeeding versus formula shape the diversity and proliferation of strains of bacteria.(2, 3) Human breastmilk has nutrients which can help shape the microbiome and immune development of children. Infant’s initial exposure to microbiota is through the act of birth. Cesarean section births correlated with increased risk of children developing celiac disease, asthma, type 1 diabetes, and obesity.(4) This may occur because infants born vaginally are exposed to their mother’s vaginal microbiota while those born via cesarean are not.

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A Message from the ANMS President Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, PhD

The American Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ANMS) has a rich history serving as the premier society for those working in Neurogastroenterology and Motility. My year as President-Elect of the ANMS has flown by and it is my great honor to assume the role of ANMS President for the next two years.

I would like to acknowledge Dr. Gianrico Farrugia who just completed his tenure as ANMS President. For the past two years Gianrico provided exceptional leadership and with support from the ANMS council he refined and focused our strategic plan with clear objectives and measurable outcomes. On behalf of all the membership of ANMS thank you Gianrico!

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2019 ANMS Annual Meeting

2019 ANMS Annual Meeting:

Clinical Course: Providing the best clinical care for our patients
Scientific Program: Advancing patient care through cutting edge research
Young Investigator Forum: Developing our future researchers in Neurogastroenterology and Motility

Date: August 16-18, 2019
Location: Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois
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Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2019

FNM 2020
FNM 2020 – 4th Meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and Postgraduate Course on Gastrointestinal Motility
Hosted by: Australasian of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association, Inc
Date: March 25-28, 2020
Abstract Deadline: October 1, 2019
Location: Adelaide, Australia

XVIth Little Brain Big Brain meeting (LBBB)
Date: March 22-25, 2020
Location: Port Elliot YHA, South Australia
Application deadline:  July  8, 2019

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The Mission and Goals of the ANMS

The American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society is an organization that was established in 1980 dedicated to the study of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility and functional GI disorders.

Mission of the ANMS
To be the multidisciplinary society leading the field of neurogastroenterology by fostering excellence in research, education, training, and patient care.

Neurogastroenterology encompasses the study of brain, gut, and their interactions with relevance to the understanding and management of GI motility and functional GI disorders.



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ANMS is accepting applications for the 2020 Small Grants Program. The Research Program will provide 2 grants of $30,000 each. The program will fund research projects focused on any topic area relevant to neurogastroenterology and motility. It is anticipated that one award will be made to a clinical/translational investigator and one award will be made to a basic science investigator. Applicants must have a primary appointment at an academic institution. Applicants must also be a member of the ANMS at the time of application and also the mentor must be an ANMS member. The application deadline is November 1, 2019. Funds will be available to successful applicants in February 2020. Click here for more information and to submit your on-line application. 

Applications will be evaluated by members of the Research Committee.


The American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) Research Committee is launching a Mentoring Program in Neurogastroenterology and Motility to help young clinicians and scientists (MDs, PhDs, or DVMs) as they start their research career in the areas of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility. The areas of interest can be varied and the research may take the form of clinical investigation, basic science research, or translational science research. The objective of the program is to provide guidance to individuals at an early stage of their career who may enter the field of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility.

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Clinical Training

Center Schedules

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Augusta University, Augusta, GA (schedule)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (Adult) (schedule) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Pediatrics), Milwaukee, WI (schedule)
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH (Pediatric) (schedule)
  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA (schedule)
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (schedule)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX (schedule)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (schedule)
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Salem, NC (schedule)
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO (schedule)

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Clinician Resources

Manuscripts Sponsored by ANMS on Clinical Topics in GI Motility


Parkman HP.
Training in gastrointestinal motility.
Dig Dis. 2006;24(3-4):221-7.


Murray JA, Clouse RE, Conklin JL.
Components of the standard esophageal manometry.
Neurogastroenterology and Motility 2003;15(6):591-606.

Kahrilas PJ.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
N Engl J Med 2008;359:1700-7.

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