Ellen Schill, MD, PhD, receives 2023 David G. Nathan Award in Basic Research

Ellen Schill
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The enteric nervous system (ENS) is a branch of the peripheral nervous system that autonomously regulates intestinal function. The ENS is made up of two interconnected plexuses of neurons and glia: the myenteric plexus and the submucosal plexus. Though signaling to smooth muscle, epithelium, and immune cells, the ENS controls intestinal motility, local blood flood flow, epithelial cell secretion and absorption.