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Neurogastro-enterology & Motility

Members interested in participating in the activities of AGA Institute Council Neurogastroenterology & Motility Section should contact us at [email protected]. We are especially interested in increasing participation of junior investigators, clinicians and international members.

Mission statement and FOCI

The Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NGM) section of the AGA Council is dedicated to serving the field of neurogastroenterology and gastrointestinal motility by promoting excellence in research, innovation, education and training.

Some of the sections main goals are:

  • To attract the best science and cutting-edge research in neurogastroenterology and GI motility for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW).
  • To educate and train gastroenterologists, research scientists, surgeons, physiologists, trainees, nurses and technicians on the latest developments in the field.
  • To foster interdisciplinary basic science, translational and clinical research.
  • To lead and critically examine the development of novel tools for studying neurogastroenterology and motility disorders, and gut and brain interactions, both at the bench side and for patient care.

Areas of focus

  • Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility encompasses the study of the gut nerve and muscle physiology and morphology, and its interactions with the enteric nervous system, the brain, hormones, neurotransmitters, secretions, pharmacology and intestinal microbiota.
  • This is accomplished through multiple subdisciplines that focus on the sensory neurobiology, motor function, motility testing, gut and brain interactions as well as the understanding and management of GI motility and functional GI disorders.
  • Specifically, the main areas of focus include oropharyngeal dysphagia, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia, functional abdominal pain, gas and bloating, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, carbohydrate and other food intolerances, pseudo obstruction syndromes, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fecal incontinence and pelvic floor disorders.

Council leadership

Emory University School of Medicine

Vice Chair
Massachusetts General Hospital