Little brain big brain Extraordinary meeting 2022

The Little Brain Big Brain (LBBB) scientific meeting is an international biannual meeting organized by and for promising and motivated young investigators and clinicians in the field of functional gut brain disorders (FGBD), neurogastroenterology and motility. The meeting has historically been coupled to the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (FNM) Meeting Congress and thus, it has broad support by the international neurogastroenterology community and societies. However, since the FNM2022 was postponed to 2024 due to the Covid pandemic, we have organized an independent emergency meeting in 2022. The COVID pandemic has had a devastating effect on the career paths of young investigators over the past two years and we believe that if we had cancelled LBBB in 2022, our field will lose an entire generation of talented scientists.

This year, LBBB took place in Heiligkreuztal, Germany from the 5th to 9th of September. A panel of previous LBBB attendees and leading scientists selected blindly 30 applicants from all over the world studying basic, clinical and industry research.

This year, the session topics included inflammation, microbiome, nutrition and diets, functional gastrointestinal disorders, gut-brain axis, developmental research, therapy and drug discovery.

Every participant prepared a 30 minutes presentation of their unpublished work that was followed by lively discussions with no time limit.

The last day of the meeting 3 participants were selected for best presentation and participation. The winners will present their state-of-the-art work in the next ESNM meeting 2023 in Bucharest, Romania, an LBBB session followed by a LBBB alumni reception.

In addition, the 1st price included a publication in Nature Revieuws G&H and 2nd price included a 1 year subscription in Nature Revevieuw G&H. Finally, the organising comission selected 3 promising participants that also won a publication in Nature Revieuws G&H.

The next LBBB will be held before the next FNM meeting in 2024 in Thailand and will be organized by Alyce Martin (Flinders University, Australia), Khalil Ramadi (NYU, Abu Dhabi), Kristen Smith-Edwards (Mayo Clinic, USA), Alain Benitez (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA) and Ada Koo (University of Melbourne, Australia).

We can claim that this years meeting was a great success and therefore we would like to thanks our sponsors:

Platinum sponsors:


Gold sponsors:

  • The Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia

Bronze sponsors:

  • Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • DGNM – Deitsche Gesellschaft für neurogastrenterologie und motilität e.V.
  • Girem – Belgian Network on gastrointestinal regulatory mechanims
  • FWO – Research Foundation Flanders
  • IMS – Institute of metabolic science
  • ANGMA – Australasia neurogastroenterology and motility association Inc.

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