The European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility was founded in Leuven, Belgium in 1982 by Gaston Vantrappen, David Wingate, Martin Wienbeck and other colleagues. For the first 20 years ESNM was organised in a rather loose fashion, with biannual meetings alternating with the International Group for the Study of Gastrointestinal Motility. In 2004, its membership was approximately 350.
It has recently (2005) been restructured to defend the interests of all professionals in Europe involved in the study of neurobiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal function. In 2008, the membership has risen to almost 1400 registered members.
David Wingate, one of the founders of ESNM and "the" father of Neurogastroenterology in Europe, is currently working on a more comprehensive article on the history of ESNM. More information on the history of ESNM will be available soon.