© 2016

The Enteric Nervous System

30 Years Later

  • Stuart Brierley
  • Marcello Costa

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 891)

Also part of the Australian Neuroscience Society book sub series (ANS, volume 891)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Heather M. Young, Lincon A. Stamp, Sonja J. McKeown
    Pages 53-62
  3. Simon Brookes, Nan Chen, Adam Humenick, Nick J. Spencer, Marcello Costa
    Pages 63-69
  4. Christopher Keating, David Grundy
    Pages 71-74
  5. Geoffrey Burnstock
    Pages 91-112
  6. Roberto De Giorgio, Francesca Bianco, Rocco Latorre, Giacomo Caio, Paolo Clavenzani, Elena Bonora
    Pages 123-133
  7. Gary M. Mawe, Keith A. Sharkey
    Pages 153-157
  8. Pieter Vanden Berghe
    Pages 193-199
  9. Paul P. Bertrand, Kate E. Polglaze, Hui Chen, Shaun L. Sandow, Anna Walduck, Trisha A. Jenkins et al.
    Pages 201-211

About this book


Nearly 30 years ago, a number of scientists working on the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) gathered at Flinders University, in Adelaide, Australia to discuss the advances and future of their research. It was a friendly and stimulating meeting, attended by most of the major players, in what was to become the discipline of ‘Neurogastroenterology'.

In 2014, the main Australasian Neuroscience Society meeting was held in Adelaide, Australia, providing the perfect opportunity to recreate a follow-up ENS meeting. As such, the ‘ENS II 2014 meeting’ aimed to identify how far the field of enteric neuroscience had developed, where the future was heading, and what technological advances had been made to address current and future unresolved questions. 30 speakers from around the world were invited to give talks and revisit the original expectations, the advances made since, and the future directions of ENS research. These discussions included three generations of investigators from 7 different countries.
This publication represents the majority of proceedings from the ‘The Enteric Nervous System II 2014’ conference, which was held on February 1st - 2nd 2014 at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide. This meeting was an Official satellite meeting of the 34th Annual Meeting of Australasian Neuroscience Society, which was also held in Adelaide.
The 20 contributions contained within this submission are from international researchers in the field of the ENS, who reviewed the advances made since the first meeting in the early 1980s and summarizes the present and future perspectives of neuro-gastroenterology. Some colleagues could not attend but did send greetings and their messages are included in these proceedings.


gastroenterology motility neurogastroenterology physiology visceral afferents

Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart Brierley
    • 1
  • Marcello Costa
    • 2
  1. 1.Discipline of MedicineUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Human PhysiologySchool of Medicine, Flinders University,AdelaideAustralia

About the editors

Stuart Brierley is an NHMRC R.D Wright Biomedical Fellow and Head of the Visceral Pain Group, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide located in the Centre for Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Prof Brierley is an international authority on the different afferent classes innervating the gut, the mechanotransduction channels underlying their function, the interaction of these channels with inflammatory mediators, and how this changes in acute and chronic pain.

Prof Brierley is the current South Australian State Representative of the Australasian Neuroscience Society, the Treasurer of the Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA) and a Node leader for the Adelaide Centre For Neuroscience Research.

Marcello Costa was born in Turin, Italy, but migrated to Australia in 1970, where he became one of the founders of the new discipline of Neuroscience and the Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS), of which become President in the 1990s. He holds a personal chair in Neurophysiology at Flinders University, the first in Australia. He has published over 230 scientific papers in international journals, 55 reviews and chapters and written two books in enteric neuroscience and gastrointestinal motor functions.

He was foundation co-chair of the the South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI) from 2003 to 2010. He is also active in the field of philosophy of science and education in neuroscience to university students and to the broader public.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Enteric Nervous System
  • Book Subtitle 30 Years Later
  • Editors Stuart Brierley
    Marcello Costa
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv Exp Med Biol
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-27590-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80179-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27592-5
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-8019
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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