Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190103628 [ 2019-06-12 - 2022-06-12 ]

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Researchers: Prof Simon Brookes (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Marcello Costa (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Nick Spencer (Chief Investigator) ,  Phil Dinning (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Cellular bases of enteric neural circuitry underlying gut propulsion. This project aims to investigate the neural bases of behaviour in the mammalian gut. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) plays a critical role in the propulsion of intestinal contents. This project expects to establish how specific functional classes of enteric neurons control propulsion along the gut. By recording the simultaneous neural activity from hundreds of different functional classes of enteric nerve cells simultaneously, whilst recording intestinal muscle electrical activity and the movements of the gut wall, the project expects to identify which enteric neurochemical classes of neurons generate specific motor patterns along the intestine.

Funding Amount $453,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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