Defining how serotonin regulates the gut

Posted 7 Nov 2018

Serotonin is commonly known for its contribution to our moods and creating feelings of happiness.

But Flinders researchers will use new technology to take a closer look at the role serotonin plays in gut health

Gut motility – proper control of the gut and the transit of material through the bowel - is important for good health and improper contraction of muscles that mix and propel contents in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to physiological problems, including chronic constipation.

With almost all the serotonin in our body made in the gastrointestinal tract, Professor Damien Keating will use a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to access new technology, available only in the USA, to investigate the role serotonin plays in regulating gut motility.

This research is made possible thanks to a generous supporter and generous donations from the community.

Project title: Defining how serotonin regulates gut motility

Lead researcher: Professor Damien Keating


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