Vagal nerve stimulation for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Professor John B Furness j.furness@unimelb.edu.au View page

Project Details

Inflammatory bowel disease is a common remitting and relapsing disease that is inadequately treated.  We have a major research program to investigate vagal nerve stimulation as a treatment for this disease.  In this program we are using rats to determine the nerve pathways that are responsible for the suppression of inflammation in the intestine, and rats and sheep for proof of principle experiments that we expect will lead to a first-in-human trial of abdominal vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Researchers

Professor Robin McAllen
Professor Rob Shepherd
Dr Peter de Cruz
Dr Bob Jones
Dr Tony Shafton
Dr Sophie Payne
Ms Alicia Sedo

Research Group

Furness laboratory: Digestive physiology and nutrition



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience, Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Infection & Immunity, Systems Biology, Therapeutics & Translation



Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Unit / Centre

Furness laboratory: Digestive physiology and nutrition