Researcher in the spotlight
In his research, Prof. Dr. Werend Boesmans is trying to gain more insights into the function of our enteric nervous system, also referred to as the 'gut brain'. This nervous system consists of an extensive network of cells located in the gut wall and controls and regulates gastrointestinal function. Research shows that this nervous system plays a role in the development of gastrointestinal diseases but is also affected in neurological disorders such as parkinson disease and autism. Prof. Dr. Boesmans' team is studying, among other things, the role of the enteric nervous system in schizophrenia, using mouse models for this purpose and conducting neurophysiological experiments. They are also investigating how certain cells of the gut brain are involved in colorectal cancer and work on the role of microRNAs, which are very small pieces of RNA that play an important role in the functioning of a cell. Have a look at the projects and publications of Werend Boesmans or his personal page.