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Functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia, are complex conditions with multiple factors contributing to their pathophysiology. As a consequence they are difficult to treat and have posed significant challenges to the pharmaceutical industry when trying to develop new and effective treatments. This review provides an overview of these difficulties and how the industry is reshaping its drug developmental strategies. It describes some of the more significant and encouraging advances that have occurred, and discusses how future research might embrace the opportunities provided by advances in genetic and in particular, epigenetic research.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1756283X10369922

Type

Journal article

Journal

Therap Adv Gastroenterol

Publication Date

09/2010

Volume

3

Pages

291 - 305

Keywords

IBS, animal models, epigenetics, mechanisms, pharmacotherapy