August 22 - 25, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

  1. About LBBB
    The first Little Brain Big Brain meeting was held in 1989. It is now a biennial meeting run by young investigators for young investigators in the field of neurogastroenterology and digestive diseases.
  2. Meeting information
    LBBB 2016 will be held August 22-25, 2016 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The meeting is run as a satellite of the FNM meeting in San Francisco. Coach bus transfer between the meetings will be provided.
  3. Apply now!
    30 applicants will be selected by a panel of senior investigators. All attendees will have food and housing covered for the duration of the meeting and every effort to reimburse for round-trip airfare will be made. See details below.
Call for applications-now closed
Applications for the XIVth Little Brain Big Brain meeting are now under review. Selected participants will be notified via email during the 1st week of March. Thank you for your interest and applications!

As the field of neurogastroenterology continues to expand, it is of utmost importance that next generation of leaders establish networks of potential collaborators and peers within the field of neurogastroenterology and metabolic diseases.
Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • scientific achievements
  • area of study
  • ability to actively participate in discussions that span the breadth of the field of neurogastroenterology and          metabolic diseases
*​Please note: participation will be strictly limited to 30 participants within 7 years of receiving their terminal degree.
Participants are expected to deliver a 15-minute oral presentation on their most recent, unpublished work for feedback and discussion. Attendees are also expected to actively contribute to discussion of all presentations. Food and housing will be provided for the duration of the meeting and every effort to reimburse for economy class round-trip airfare will be made. As LBBB is planned as a satellite meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (FNM) meeting in San Francisco, we expect all participants to submit abstracts to, and attend the FNM meeting ( FNM abstracts are due by March 4, 2016.
Applicants should submit the following via email to
  • Personal statement (1 page max) that include the applicant's research experience and current research interests, key techniques used in current research projects, future career goals and willingness to participate in discussion and networking
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Supporting letter from a formal or informal mentor (1 page max) in the field of neurogastroenterology/metabolic disease. This mentor letter should include a statement about the candidates research experience, how they would benefit from this conference, and likelihood of contribution to discussion
  •  Expected cost in dollars of round-trip economy class airfare to San Francisco arriving August 22, 2016 and departing August 30, 2016. This information will not be used as a basis for selection, only for planning purposes
***Please note: We are not requesting an abstract as part of the application package. Instead, we wish to provide a format in which each attendee can present their most recent and cutting-edge work.
*We are committed to encouraging the involvement and career advancement of the underrepresented segments of the scientific population. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.   We also strongly encourage potential participants who do not normally attend international meetings of neurogastroenterology due to the financial burden of travel, especially investigators from the underrepresented regions such as Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
The application deadline is February 22, 2016. Participants will be notified during the first week of March.
We have made every effort to send this call for applications to the broadest possible audience.  We acknowledge that we have not reached everyone. For this reason, please forward this announcement to all colleagues you feel should receive it.