About ESNM

ESNM is a non-profit society with the mission to defend the interests of all professionals in European involved in the study of neurobiology of gastrointestinal function.

All officers of ESNM, provide their effort and time on a complete voluntary basis, thus making ESNM a non-profit organisation concerned solely with the well-being of patients. The European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility ESNM is composed of a Steering Committee and a General Assembly.

The overall leadership and strategic direction of ESNM lies with the Steering Committee. The Executive officers are the President and the Treasurer. They are responsible for conducting daily activities of the Society and executing decisions made by the Steering Committee.

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Our mission is:

  • To expand knowledge and interest in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility
  • To educate the younger generation of physicians in basic and clinical aspects in the field
  • To promote scientific and educational events
  • To encourage basic and clinical research in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility
  • To establish the standards for good clinical practice and patient care.


Originally founded in 1982 in Leuven, Belgium, the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) was then referred to as the European Society of Gastrointestinal Motility. Its founding members were Gaston Vantrappen, David Wingate, Martin Wienbeck and other colleagues. During the first 20 years of its existence, the association met on a biannual basis in relation with the International Group for the Study of Gastrointestinal Motility and had no independent organization. It then counted some 350 members.
In 2005, the association was restructured to better reflect its missions and functions. That is when the fields of neurophysiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal function studies were put forward. In 2008, the membership has risen to almost 1000 registered members and now ESNM comprises about 3000 members.


ESNM Statutes direct the daily activities and are regularly reviewed and adapted to reflect our continual developments.

Download the Statutes of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.


ESNM Office
Magdalena Mara
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e-mail: info@remove-this.esnm.eu
office: Alser Strasse 4, 1090 Vienna

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