Giovanni Barbara is a surgeon specialized in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and professor at the University of Bologna. He studied in Bologna and London and took up a three-year research fellowship from the McMaster University in Canada. His main field of interest is clinical and molecular research on gastrointestinal functional and organic disorders and neurogastroenterology of the intestinal microbiota and intestinal inflammatory diseases He mainly collaborates with universities in Italy and abroad and is the author of over 300 articles published in major international journals as well as of 50 book chapters and essays. Professor Barbara has received several international awards and prizes, including the Master Award in Gastroenterology from the American Gastroenterological Association. Currently, he is member of the Board of Directors of the Rome Foundation and Chairman of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM).