Paul Enck

About Paul Enck

Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Our gut has the ability to learn behaviours thanks to the network of neurons within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. Interestingly, learning and memory processes take part in the gut and could explain, for instance, the involvement of enteric nervous system in the onset of specific gut disorders.

Could our gut microbiota mediate the impact of bariatric surgery on severe obesity? A new cross-sectional study has found that interactions between the gut microbiota and bile acids metabolism may partially mediate the success of bariatric surgery in the medium term.