Members of ESNM and especially those of the Steering Committee devote their scientific capabilities for the benefit of the community and aim to investigate on an European, if possible international, level. They aim to conduct research in collaboration among institutes, countries and if possible, continents to gain research results of value for more than one country and to learn from the expertise and experience of each other.
ESNM has a specific focus on the neural, endocrine, metabolic, immunological and microbiological regulation of gastrointestinal functions in health and in diseases. The clinical focus includes functional bowel disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, gastrooesophageal reflux disease, etc.), post-infectious bowel conditions, visceral pain syndromes (e.g. pancreatitis), and non-intestinal disorders with disturbances of intestinal functions. The latter comprises, e.g. delayed gastric emptying in diabetes mellitus, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten hypersensitivity, nutritional intolerances and disturbances of the intestinal microbiota.