Understanding interactions between gut epithelial stem cells and neurons

Grant number: DE180100261 | Funding period: 2018 - 2020



This project aims to investigate the interaction between gut neurons and the epithelial stem cell compartment, as well as the relationship between age-related loss of enteric neurons and changes in gut epithelial stem cells. This project will include novel co-culturing of organoids and enteric neurospheres, which will identify mechanisms by which nerves influence the epithelia. The outcome of the project will be a better understanding of the biology of the body’s most highly proliferative, long-lived stem cells, intestinal epithelial stem cells. This could have significant long term impact on the quality of life in an ageing population.

University of Melbourne Researchers