POSTPONED Event: The gut-brain axis

POSTPONED – The enteric nervous system in gut & brain health and disease

Dr. Michel Neunlist – Inserm TENS – U1235, Institut des Maladies de l’Appareil Digestif, University of Nantes

Date: POSTPONED – date to be determined

Time: 15:50

Location: Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Geneva. Room H8.01.144.167 behind the auditorium

Host: Dr. Michalina Gora, NeuroGI project lead

Join us for a fascinating journey through the gut and brain as we learn more about the enteric nervous system and discover the latest strategies to restore gut function.

Dr. Michel Neunlist is research group director of a French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) laboratory at the University of Nantes devoted to the study of gut and brain diseases.

The event will be followed by a networking apéro.

All welcome!

The event is in-person only.

Talk abstract

The enteric nervous system (ENS), considered our second ‘brain’, is increasingly recognized to play a central role in a wide array of gut functions (motility-intestinal epithelial barrier-immune). In addition, remodeling of the ENS is thought to be directly involved in the gut diseases or in gut dysfunctions observed in central nervous system.

In this context, the talk will be organized into three main parts:

  • The first part will describe the anatomical and functional basis of the control of major gut functions by the ENS and its regulation by environmental factors such as the gut microbiota.
  • It will next describe the remodeling and contribution of the ENS to chronic diseases of the gut (IBD – cancer) and brain (Parkinson/Autism).
  • In the final part, it will present novel strategies aimed at targeting the ENS and restoring gut functions.


Dr. Neunlist earned an Engineering Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg in 1990 and a PhD in electrophysiology in 1994 at University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. During his postdoctoral position in the laboratory headed by Michael Scheman in Hannover, Germany, he specialized in the field of neurogastroenterology. Since 2007, he has directed an Inserm laboratory devoted to the study of enteric nervous system in gut and brain diseases at Nantes University.


15:50 – 16:00 – Introduction, Dr. Michalina Gora

16:00 – 17:00 – Talk and questions, Dr. Michel Neunlist

17:00 – 17:45 – Apéro

If you do not have badge access to Campus Biotech, please email to arrange entry.

This collaborative project will develop innovative neurotechnologies to explore the frontiers of the neuro gastrointestinal (NeuroGI) connection towards biomarker discovery and novel therapies for brain disorders.

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